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Our beautiful valley

The Aure valley

On the edge of Parc National des Pyrénées and La Réserve Naturelle du Néouvielle… Vallée d’Aure is attached to this exceptional natural heritage and is committed to preserving it.

Its strengths

Protected by its peaks

A sunny climate

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.


The must-haves

In the heart of the Pyrenees National Park

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.

A Valley committed to sustainable development

The Aure valley has stood the test of time while preserving its natural and cultural heritage. Its inhabitants are attached to this place of life and care about sustainable development: more than 80% of the territory is protected. To this end, Saint-Lary has implemented a number of initiatives:


Transport: use of the cable car for pedestrians and lift personnel, streets closed to vehicles at certain times, free shuttles in winter between Saint-Lary, Vignec, Vielle-Aure and Bourisp every 15-20 minutes.


Altitude refuges equipped with photovoltaic solar panels, new generations of snow guns that consume less energy, a policy of optimizing energy consumption for the town hall.


Three Natura 2000 areas (Néouvielle: (Discover the website), Rioumajou and Moudang) The commune has revised its Local Town Planning Scheme with an environmental approach. It ensures the preservation of our natural heritage, biodiversity and ecological continuity.


The commune and the communauté de communes have set up a network of semi-underground containers where yellow and black bags and glass can be deposited at any time, 24 hours a day. (20 points propreté on the resort and Soulan and 30 in Saint-Lary village.)

An annual mountain waste collection day takes place in July.

Ecological sanitation

The dry toilets at Frédancon in the Rioumajou valley were replaced in 2016. (first installation since 1990).

In order to limit the risk of pollution, a 2000 L tank has been set up for the collection of chemical toilets from camper vans still in Frédancon