BAREGES, health resort of south-west France, department of Hautes-Pyrenees, in the valley of the Bastan, 25m. S.S.W. of Bagneres-de-Bigorre by road. Placed at a height of 4,1 oof t., it is a mere hamlet in the commune of Betpouey-Bareges, but is fre quented from June-September for its nitrogenous waters and as a climbing-centre. The waters first came into vogue after the visit of Mme. de Maintenon in 1677. Bareges was for merly much exposed to avalanches, but embankments and plan tations have partly averted the danger. The light silk and wool fabric called barege takes its name from the place, where it was first made.