The watercourses of the Hautes-Pyrénées have some exceptional biological diversity. Its rivers and lakes house a rich and varied fauna.
2000 km of rivers and 200 reservoirs (quarries and lakes) are real gems for all types of fishing.
In the rivers: Fario trout (1st category spot), predatory and white fish (2nd category spot).
In mountain lakes: Fario trout, Arctic char, cristivomer and brook salmon.
In quarries: white fish, predatory fish (pike, zendra and black bass)
Walks, from medium to high mountain hiking (3000m), snowshoeing, mountain biking etc.
Thrills guaranteed with climbing, whitewater activities (kayaking, rafting, canyoning) and paragliding.
The countless torrents and high-altitude lakes are a paradise for fishing amateurs.
Saint Lary ski resort
Village and ski resort (Min 1700 – Max 2400m)
47 ski slopes
10 km of cross-country skiing
Leisure activities: spa, snowmobiling, skating rink, snowshoeing, tennis, library, museums
For children: ski schools, snow garden, kindergarten, leisure centre
Discover wonderful hiking trails with the GR10 that crosses the Pyrénées from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and the HRP (Pyrenean Haute Route), one of the most challenging long-distance walking routes.
The GR10 makes its way through a succession of 2000m mountain passes but also runs along more accessible basins. The GR, tours of the region and day hikes enable all wild nature lovers to discover the hidden treasures of the Pyrénées.
You can experience kayaking, rafting, miniraft, canoeing (hot dog) and hydrospeed. With its 270km of navigable rivers, the Pyrénées are famous for their whitewater activities.
Fed by waterfalls and rivers, originated from glaciers and natural springs, the Gaves, the Nestes and the Adour are a perfect place for practising whitewater sports.
Many schools and qualified instructors supervise the activities while you get your fill of thrills!
With its 1600km of marked trails and its three mountain bike schools approved and labelled by the Fédération Française de Cyclotourisme (Argelès-Gazost, Val d’Azun and Bagnères-de-Bigorre), the Hautes-Pyrénées has mountain biking to suit all experience levels.
In each valley you can find some very useful topoguides that will inform you about trail itineraries. Some ski lifts and cable cars are open in summer for a thrilling mountain biking descent.
Paragliding, Hang gliding
The Hautes-Pyrénées enjoy exceptional aerological conditions thanks to its sunny western hillsides that favour thermal triggering.
The proximity with high altitude mountains enables to fly higher.
Tandem first flights, paragliding or hang gliding discovery days are within everyone’s reach.
Every year, from the end of May to mid-June, livestock is traditionally brought to the high mountains for summer grazing.
Enjoy the feast of transhumance in the Aure valley and spend a lovely stay in a peaceful spring scenery at the foot of the mountains.
The Pyrénées are one of the world’s best cycling destinations.
Discover many legendary climbs of the Tour de France: Pla d’Adet, Azet pass, Peyresourde pass, Hourquette of Ancizan, Aspin pass and Tourmalet pass.
Piau-Engaly ski resort
15 km from campsite
Altitude : 1400m – 2600m
38 ski slopes
Snowpark with boardercross, Big Air.
The Aure valley
The valley and the high altitude mountains offer varied hiking trails with refuges and a set of lakes in the sumptuous Néouvielle Nature Reserve.
On the Spanish side, the richness of the High Aragon is revealed to hikers with the Ordesa National Park.
Pic du Midi Observatory
Your adventure starts in the Taoulet cable car where you will listen to a sound animation telling you the fabulous story and mission of the PIC DU MIDI.
At the summit (2872 m), the science zone welcomes you within its 4000 m2 for a discovery tour.
A walkway suspended over nothing but thin air finally takes you to the museographical space.
The research activities led by the observatory are presented on two levels: studies on the stars, the planets and the Sun, Earth observation satellite, TBL telescope animated models, slideshows, the story of the men and women behind the Pic’s exceptional site…
A shop and a restaurant with its 400 m² of panoramic terraces accessible in winter and summer offer you the most exceptional views of the nearest summits of the Pyrénées: Vignemale, the Aneto Peak, Mont Perdu, the Cirque de Gavarnie and of course the Pyrénées range, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
Néouvielle Nature Reserve
This is a region dotted with high summits and 70 mountain lakes easily accessible by road.
The lakes of Aubert, Aumar, Cap de long, l’Oule are reknown for their beauty.
If you like to hike, have a family outing or simply admire nature, the Néouvielle Reserve is for you!
To discover the hidden gems of the mountain and its scent of adventure,
a certain effort is needed but it’s well worth it. So go at your own pace for a great reward!
Cap de Long Lake (2161m)
Its surrounding landscape is typical of the high mountains of the Pyrénées.
The peaks overlooking the site are: Turon du Néouvielle (3035m), Turon des Trois-Conseillers (3039m), Néouvielle (3091m), Ramougn (3011m).
The deep blue waters of the lake surrounded by forests offer a more welcoming site than Cap de Long.
Aumar and Aubert Lakes
From the Oredon lake, a recent road leads you to these two lakes that are towered by the Néouvielle massif.
You can have access to the lake from Col du Portet, Saint-Lary ski resort and by the G.R 10.
Pyrénées National Park
It stretches over 45,700 ha and is a heaven for isards (wild goats), bearded vultures, vultures, marmots and of course the brown bear.
There is also a rich variety of flora such as the Pyreneean Lily, the Ramonda, the black pines that are emblematic of the highest forests in Europe.
An exceptional heritage that you have to absolutely discover at your own pace and up to 3298 m of altitude. In the Louron valley, beautiful sites are just waiting for you: the Caillaouas Lake, the Soula Lake, and the port de la Pez.