A valley of art and history, and a registered conservation area

On the pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela, the Aure valley is classified as a “Country of Art and History.” Saint-Lary finds itself in a number of overlapping areas of interest: the Aure valley, a rich and unspoilt ecosystem whose natural and human heritage has survived intact since ancient times (the valley experienced neither political upheaval nor wars and was even spared the industrial revolution!) The Saint-Lary ski resort is on the edge of the Pyrenees National Park and the Néouvielle Nature Reserve. Unsurprisingly the people of Saint-Lary are strongly attached to their natural and cultural heritage!

The community is strongly committed to sustainable development, and more than 80% of the territory is now preserved and protected. Free shuttle buses allow holidaymakers to avoid using their cars to travel to the slopes, for example.
On the pistes, the responsible ecological commitment can also be appreciated with the ISO 14001 certification for the ski area.

Protected areas

  • The Pyrenees National Park and Néouvielle Nature Reserve. Discover them with a visit to the National Park Centre (Maison du Parc National), a free museum in Saint-Lary Soulan in the impressive Hachan stone tower.
  • The “Natura 2000” zones at Rioumajou and Moudang, and the regional reserve at Aulon. Visit the Maison de la Nature in Aulon.
  • Outstanding heritage on one the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the Aure valley is classified as a “Country of Art and History