The Néouvielle Nature Reserve

An enchanting place, a paradise for walkers and nature lovers!

Created 300 million years ago and sculpted by ice for millennia, this landscape is an endless source of wonder!

Classification date
 
8 may 1968
Classified area
 
2 313 hectares
Environment
 
Continental rocks, scree and sand

The Néouvielle Nature Reserve

This natural mountain area is nestled between the Aure valley to the west and the Gavarnie valleys to the east. The French acclimatization society labelled it a reserve in 1936 due to its exceptionally rich environment.

70 lakes, more than 570 species of algae, a diverse and unique aquatic environment, where we find the highest mountain pines in Europe (2,600m) and animals endemic to the Pyrenees (the Pyrenean Desman and the Euproctus asper). Sheltered by its ridges and with a southerly orientation, the reserve profits from a warmer and drier microclimate which is conducive the growth of lifeforms and biodiversity.


Created 300 million years ago and sculpted by ice for millennia, this landscape is an endless source of wonder!

A hikers’ paradise

Lovers of beauty and open spaces - this reserve is a treasure chest that protects the most beautiful jewels of the Pyrenees. In summer, the colours are brilliant: the clear blue water of lakes and the contrast between vegetation, fir trees, flowers and rocks. Winter is simply magical when most of these landscapes are covered with snow.

It can be reached on foot, snowshoes or on touring skis from the Lienz plateau or Tournaboup. The trails are accessible for hikers of all levels and are in the guidebook on sale at Barèges Tourist Office.