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Join us to the 2024 Tarbes Tango Retreat (South of France) – 1st edition, Aug. 17-23.

Taking place during one of France’s largest festivals (Tarbes en Tango), with its 29 milongas, live music, 80+ workshops, and tango orchestras incl. Hyperion, la Andariega and Sexteto Crystal, Tango Spleen and Sonder Tango amongst others, we organise an inspiring retreat filled with tango, nature, city breaks and discovery of the Occitanie region.

Welcome to the enchanting city of Tarbes in southern France, where the entire town is overtaken by tango during its famous August tango festival, with its afternoon outdoor dancing and the evening milongas where you will dance to the sounds of some of the most established tango orchestras. Imagine yourself sipping on a glass of local wine, enjoying the warm weather, the region’s fresh produce and exquisite food, and its sun-kissed landscapes, vibrant culture. Have we caught your attention yet?


29 milongas, outdoor and in different halls, live music with 9 orchestras, shows. Photo © Tarbes en Tango.
Dancing outdoor in the afternoon, and afters until 5am. Photo © Tarbes en Tango.

And add to this…

… an excellent and centrally-located hotel accommodation within walking distance to the milongas, 2 private workshops for our group, guided day trips to fabulous places including the mystical town of Lourdes, Pau and a vineyard wine tasting (and making) tour, hiking in the beautiful countryside, an outdoor market and a visit of Toulouse historic old town steeped in medieval charm, even including a bakery hunt tour for those who have a bit of a sweet tooth.

When you are in Tarbes, join the festival’s workshops on topics as varied as tango, vals and milonga, singing, learning to play instruments, and even Tai-Chi. Maestros’ line up includes Sebastian Achaval & Cecilia Berra, Carlos (Carlito) Espinoza & Agustina Piaggio, Fernando Gracia & Sol Cerquides, Andrés Sautel & Celeste Medina and many more giving a surprising total of 80+ workshops.

So grab your dancing shoes, embrace the passion of tango, and get ready for a week filled with adventures, milongas, and unforgettable moments in the heart of southern France with us.

Open to solo dancers and couples. Limited places available (full programme, costs and registrations below).


Town visits incl. Toulouse (above), Lourdes and Pau. Photo Unsplash / Thomas Despeyroux
Incredibly charming Occitanie, South of France. Photo Unsplash / V2F
Photo Unsplash / Nicolas Savignat
Visit of mystical Lourdes. Photo Unsplash / Reuben Farrugia
Photo Unsplash / Sam Bark
Visit to local vineyard + tasting. Photo Unsplash / Jose Alfonso Sierra


Saturday 17

» Arrival and check-in at hotels
» Rest and gentle visit of Tarbes with group hike (CaminAdour, a footpath that runs alongside the Adour river), “apero” welcome drink for the group and outdoor milonga for those who want to dance
» Evening: indoor Milonga with live music of Los Suplentes

Sunday 18

» Morning: rest
» Early afternoon: workshop with Bruno
» Afternoon: outdoor milongas
» Evening: indoor milonga with live orchestra Tango Spleen

Monday 19

» Morning: we make our way to mystical LOURDES – visit of town and hiking in its stunning nature, back to Tarbes early evening
» Evening: indoor milonga with live orchestra Tanguango quinteto

Tuesday 20

» Morning: travel and visit of PAU followed by a visit to a local vineyard that will include wine tasting, picnic, and gentle hiking amongst the vines. Stop in GAN, back early evening
» Evening: indoor milonga with live orchestra Sexteto Crystal

Wednesday 21

» Morning: travel to and visit of TOULOUSE and its old town, bakery hunting tour, and Aerospace museum (time permitting). Back early evening.
» Evening: indoor milonga with live orchestra Típica Andariega

Thursday 22

» Morning: Rest! 🙂
» Early afternoon: workshop with Bruno
» Afternoon: milonga hopping amongst three different locations (traveling by bus) and including dancing at the airport!
» Evening: indoor milonga with live orchestra Sonder Tango

Friday 23

» Checkout
» Last city tour as a group
» Afternoon: milonga and on to airport (depending on flight time)


You have three options, depending on  your preferences.

Package 1:
– 2 private workshops for the group (Bruno)
– Day-time milongas (free)
– All day visits organised by Tanguito and associated cost of travel by train/bus:
— Vineyard tasting and group hiking in the vineyards/countryside around Pau
— Toulouse city visit
— Lourdes city visit and hiking
– Apero (welcome drink)
– Lots of buena onda and a great group to spend your holiday and dance with 😉

PRICE package 1: £495pp (early bird until 31/05)
In this option, you book and pay for accommodation, individual evening milongas & Tarbes en Tango workshops yourself.

Package 2 includes package 1, plus:
– accommodation in excellent and centrally-located comfortable hotel, walking distance from the events – as double occupancy

PRICE package 2: £795pp (double occupancy, early bird until 31/05)
Note that the hotel doesn’t offer Twin rooms but only double rooms (one single bed). Supplement for single occupancy: £180
In this option, you pay for individual evening milongas & Tarbes en Tango workshops yourself

Package 3 includes packages 1 and 2, plus:
– evening milongas from Sat. to Thursday evening (with live orchestras)

PRICE package 3: £895pp (double occupancy, early bird until 31/05)
Supplement for single occupancy: £180 (please see note on shared occupancy above)


– Prices above are the ‘Early Bird price’, add £150 to packages after 01/06.
– Flight
– Travel from and to the airport
– Upgrade for Single occupancy: add £180
– Travel insurance
– Food
– Workshops organised by Tarbes en Tango
– What is not listed in the ‘included section’ e.g. gifts or wine you would want to bring back with you 🙂

NOTE: one or two days extension available until the end of the festival, please contact us
Disclaimer: Tarbes en Tango is not the organiser of this retreat; it is managed by Tanguito


We recommend to fly to Lourdes intl airport if you can, or arrive by your own means of transportation on Saturday.

If you are coming from the UK:  Ryanair flies on 17/08 from London Stansted at 5:55 (we will be on that flight) and comes back on Friday 23/08 at 17:40. Lourdes is then only 15′ by taxi (Uber also available).

Other alternative: fly to Toulouse (1h30min by train to Tarbes), companies such as BA and others fly to Toulouse.


Note that we will close registrations when we reach full capacity so we recommend you register early to avoid disappointment. To register to our Tango Retreat and guarantee your place you will need to:
– send us the application form below, and
– pay for a non-refundable deposit of £250 by transfer (contact us for bank details).  The remainder is payable 4 weeks before the retreat.

E.g.: UK
Leave empty if you're unsure (we recommend you purchase your flight to Lourdes ASAP in case it gets full)
Please register me to this year's Tarbes Retreat. We will send you bank information for your deposit payment. Contact us at (44) 20 3560 0532 whenever needed.


Andrés Sautel & Celeste Medina
Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sanchez
Carlos Espinoza & Agustina Piaggio
Claudio Hoffmann & Cinzia Lombardi
Fausto Carpino & Stéphanie Fesneau
Fernando Gracia & Sol Cerquides
Gustavo Gomez & Maria Belén Giachello
Ivan Romero & Silvana Nuñez
Maria Filali & Sigrid Van Tilbeurgh : Duo Entre Dos
Nicolás Schell & Nair Schinca
Sebastian Achaval y Cecilia Berra

Full orchestras line up:
Cuarteto Cafetín & Brian Chambouleyron
Duo Los Suplentes
Duo Luna Gallardo
Duo Mascetti Perrupato
Duo Picó Tango
El tango club
Ensemble DIXIT
Los Suplentes XL
Mariana Mazú Cuarteto
Pablo Woiz & Milonga Roots
Quinteto IRREAL
Sexteto Cristal
Sonder Tango Orchestra
Tanguango quinteto
Típica Andariega
Típica Folklórica
Trio Cafetin
Trio Mariana Mazú

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