A preserved valley
Let yourself be charmed by its authentic villages, unspoiled nature, mountain lakes, barns and herds.
The summit of Balaïtous which rises to 3144 m altitude, majestically watch over this valley of the Pyrenees National Park where traditions have shaped landscapes and men. Pastoralism is the soul of these mountains that live to the rhythm of the seasons and give Val d'Azun cheese its delicious fragrance of freedom.
High place of hiking, travelers come here to recharge their batteries and immerse themselves in these wonderful landscapes.
The Val d'Azun is a wilderness destination where fans of sensations and fresh air come to indulge in their favorite sports and leisure activities in its grandiose landscapes. Here we try to take the height, to ride on mountain bikes on the ridges, to climb a mountain top, to challenge the passes in cyclo, to run in the summer pastures, to fly in its azure sky ... Number of tracks and trails offer an incredible playground where all desires meet.Between the passes of Soulor and Couraduque, cross-country ski trails in winter, you can go hiking and picking, but also mountain biking, electric scooters, trail or even paragliding. But it is in the Pyrenees National Park that hikers or even fishermen find a multitude of discoveries as beautiful and surprising as each other.
Wonders of the Pyrenees National Park
Where to enter the park? ... At the bottom of the valley of Estaing Lake after an hour's walk or after the Tech dam at Arrens the road continues to the doors of the National Park. From the Plan d'Aste and its park house, a thirty-minute walk is enough to reach the pretty lake of Suyen which opens access to landscapes full of strength and serenity. Three refuges allow to spend an extraordinary night in these protected landscapes, in the heart of a living nature under a unique starry sky. In this natural domain we come as a guest and we respect some essential rules to allow this wealth to continue.To learn all about the fauna and flora, the guards invite visitors to the summer meeting points and supervised outings. A stop is essential to the House of Val d'Azun and the Pyrenees National Park in the heart of the pretty village of Arrens-Marsous to visit the exhibition, watch a film, buy a book or enjoy all the good advice of reception staff to organize their hike.
Nicknamed "The Eden of the Pyrenees" by the Pyrenees Louis Ramond de Carbonnières ... the Val d'Azun is a natural jewel of beauties!
With its authentic stone and slate villages, unspoiled nature and superb Nordic domain, the Val d'Azun is a territory of authenticity and charm. The summit of Balaïtous which rises to 3144 m altitude, majestically watch over this preserved valley of the Pyrenees National Park. Here traditions have shaped landscapes and men ... Pastoralism is the soul of these mountains that live to the rhythm of the seasons and give Val d'Azun cheese its delicious fragrance of freedom.
In winter, the valley retains its natural charm and is discovered on snowshoes or cross-country skiing. The northern area of Val d'Azun is the largest in the Hautes-Pyrénées with 90 kilometers of trails between open spaces and fir forests.
The Nordic Park at the Couraduque Pass is the children's favorite area with its two treadmills for learning alpine skiing and tobogganing safely.
Between the Soulor Pass and the Tech Valley, herds graze in mountain pastures all summer giving the cheese of Val d'Azun a delicious scent of freedom. This ancestral tradition of transhumance and know-how that has been perpetuated here for centuries, is now protected by a brand guaranteeing a terroir and pledge of quality: Val d'Azun - Pyrenees.
In winter, the animals are fed hay cut in the valley, warm in the barns. A natural and healthy diet, and happy animals, give this cheese the pleasure of being tasted all year round.
Find this quality cheese on restaurant tables and in direct sales at producers and markets.