Benefiting from a privileged climate as it enjoys plenty of sunshine and is protected from western disturbances by the summit of Arbizon, its guardian angel, the Aure valley is a pleasant place preserved from industrial development. From the village of Arreau, it rises and stretches along the Neste d’Aure river to Spain, accessed via the Aragnouet-Bielsa Tunnel.
In this predominantly pastoral valley, Saint-Lary developed rapidly in the post-war period, notably with the construction of large high-altitude hydroelectric dams such as the Cap de Long dam and the ski resort, development of which began in 1957.
Close to the Spanish border, direct access to the Sobrarbe region in Aragon (thanks to the Bielsa tunnel) is also one of the assets linked to our valley. This is an exceptional region with a surprising geological heritage. Canyons and rivers rival each other in beauty.
Rich in flora and fauna, the Réserve Naturelle du Néouvielle and its lakes is one of the must-sees. Accessible to hikers, this wilderness area is dotted with multiple high-altitude lakes. There are no fewer than 70, including les lacs d’Orédon, de l’Oule, Aubert and Aumar, as well as the Cap de Long dam. Hikes can be made from refuge to refuge to fully savor the beauty of the site.
The valleys of the Rioumajou and Moudang, Classified as a “Natura 2000” site, allow you to observe numerous birds as well as plant species unique to the Pyrenees. Discovery activities await you, as do donkey rides. Whether you’d like to fish or go for a walk, don’t hesitate to ask.