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Fir forest at the Col de Couraduque in the Val d'Azun
The Valleys of Gavarnie

A responsible destination

  • In nature
  • Responsible travelling

    Territory of character, with contrasting but complementary identities, these valleys must be preserved over time. From the protection of a fragile ecological environment to the perpetuation of ancestral traditions, here the conservation of heritage is done on different scales. Passing through or during an extended stopover, they can be visited in a committed way and allow you to carry out a responsible stay, while respecting its nature and its inhabitants.  

    Privileged valleys

    PROTECTED NATURE

    The strength of the Pyrenees remains in its wild landscapes, who can be tamed for the duration of a meeting. Come and discover these exceptional valleys, where nature reigns supreme and offers unique experiences.

    A natural escape 

    In these valleys where nature reigns supreme, we glimpse clear waters and swirling, dense primary forests or even walls of sedimentary rocks... It's a whole package that is based on vulnerable ecosystems that we are lucky enough to be able to observe today, but which must be protected for tomorrow. 

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    Preserved forests of the Pyrenees National Park
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    Asphodels in bloom in the Ossoue valley in Gavarnie-Gèdre
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    Summits of Cirque de Gavarnie snowy

    Protected spaces 

     

     All the valleys constitute a small cocoon of life favorable to many species. Aware of the importance of these treasures, the men and women who live there protect them in their own way, so that their children can also grow up in this preserved environment. And to contribute to its conservation and mitigate the impact of visitors, three areas have specific regulations:  

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    Cauterets waterfalls trail

    Eco-responsible accommodation

    A virtuous stay 
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    eco-responsible mountain lodge Val d'Azun

     Whatever type of accommodation you are looking for, you can easily find the little nugget that offers more lasting and authentic experiences. To facilitate the preparation of your stay, you can rely on a few labels, which reward the efforts of the accommodation providers in the valleys. 

     
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    Find eco-responsible accommodation in the Pyrenees

    The Esprit Parc label

    The brand Spirit Park national embodies a deep commitment to ecotourism. It highlights a selection of accommodation, activities and products carefully chosen for their contribution to the preservation of nature. These initiatives are supported by enthusiasts who share a common vision and who invite you to discover these values ​​during your stay in the Pyrenees.

    Find an eco-responsible campsite 

    The label Green Key is an eco-label dedicated to accommodation but also to restaurants. In the Gavarnie Valleys, there are five labeled campsites which, thanks to responsible approaches, offer everyone the opportunity to try their hand at eco-responsible holidays.  

    Activities that respect the environment 

    ECOLOGY AND ADVENTURE 

    Much more than just a destination, the Gavarnie Valleys offer you a range of activities in perfect harmony with nature. Discover how these benevolent valleys invite you to indulge in numerous outdoor sports while respecting the environment. 

    Abundant nature  

    With the waterWithin tunes or lands, each mountain professional will introduce you to their activity, while respecting the environment, thus creating a beautiful communion with the elements. Explore these unique valleys and take part in Experiences which will bring you closer to nature while preserving its integrity. 

    Find an outdoor activity 

    Slow tourism 

    Here, favor soft mobility is more than a choice, it's a way of life. Whether roaming, on foot or by bike, numerous loops await you to allow you to discover the Gavarnie Valleys to the rhythm of your steps or your pedal rides. Explore in autonomy ou accompanied by a mountain professional, and experience the very essence of slow tourism by discovering these valleys throughout the seasons.
    Roaming on foot

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    Hiking backpack for the GR10 Hiking and roaming in the Pyrenees

    Consume differently

    SHORT CIRCUITS  

    Taking the time to anchor yourself in a place also involves the people you are lucky enough to meet. Producers, restaurateurs and craftsmen are the perfect interlocutors to discover the confidential riches of the Gavarnie Valleys. Immersion in this local life is also the best way to encourage short circuits while soaking up the atmosphere of the place. 

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    Market vegetable crate

    Restaurants with the Esprit Parc label 

    Some restaurants share with us local specialties through local recipes and unique dishes, whether traditional or revisited. The label Spirit Park values ​​those who work to bring this region to life, and delight their visitors using local or seasonal products. 

    Visits to Pyrenean producers 

    From one generation to the next, people have passed down secrets of craftsmanship, ancestral know-how and family traditions. Although there is a certain pleasure in tasting these culinary treasures with the mouth, it is just as interesting to taste them with the eyes and to appreciate, for a visits, the work carried out by these local.

    Tristan Buchot
    Shelves in a shop with jars of honey
    Tristan Buchot
    Sewing wool blankets

    Handicrafts and arts and crafts

    A true haven and source of inspiration, artisans draw their imagination from a beneficial environment conducive to creation. It's halfway between authenticity and modernity that they build, in their own way, the identity of the territory by enhancing it with their fingertips. 

    Local crafts: visits and good addresses 

    Limit its impact

    Ecological means of transport 

    Reducing your impact also means finding alternatives to arrive et move between the valleys responsibly. Find out how you can help preserve the environment while exploring this magnificent region. 

    Public transport

    Opting for public transport is an ecological and practical choice to reach the Pyrenees. You can arrive by TGV or TER at Lourdes Station, from where bus line 965 will take you directly to the Gavarnie Valleys. In addition, carpooling is a friendly and economical solution to complete your trip. 

    car-free holidays 

    Even without a car, you can fully enjoy your vacation in our valleys. Different bus lines cover the entire territory, allowing you to access the essential sites. In winter, to simplify your stay and reduce your environmental impact, you also have the possibility of using shuttles to access the ski resorts. 
     
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