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 watches over this valley in the Pyrenees National Park. Here, traditions have shaped the landscape and people. Pastoralism is the soul of these mountains that change with the seasons and give Val d'Azun cheese its delicious fragance of freedom.
Highly ranked for hiking, travellers come here to recharge their batteries and immerse themselves in these wonderful landscapes.
The Val d'Azun is a destination in the heart of nature, where thrill seekers and lovers of the great outdoors come to indulge in their favourite sports and leisure activities in its grandiose landscapes. Here we want to get up high, to ride mountain bikes along ridges, to climb to the top of a summit, to defy the mountain cols on a road bike, to run in the summer pastures, to fly in an azure sky ... Numerous tracks and trails make up this incredible sporting playground where all your dreams come true. With the mountain cols of the Soulor and the Couraduque, and cross-country skiing trails in winter, you can go hiking and berry picking, but also head out on a mountain bike, electric scooter or trail bike or even go paragliding. But it is in the Pyrenees National Park that hikers and fishermen find a multitude of beautiful and surprising experiences.
Where do I enter the park? ... At the bottom of the Lake Estaing valley an hour's walk away or after the Tech dam at Arrens, the road continues into the National Park . From the Plan d'Aste and its Info centre, it’s a thirty-minute walk to the pretty Suyen Lake which opens out into landscapes full of strength and serenity. Three refuges allow you to spend an extraordinary night in these protected landscapes, in the heart of living nature, underneath a unique starry sky. In this natural domain everyone is a guest and there are some essential rules necessary for it to stay this way. To learn all about the fauna and flora, the park rangers invite visitors to summer “meets” and guided walks. You must make a stop at the "Maison du Val d’Azun et du Parc national des Pyrénées". Info centre in the heart of the pretty village of Arrens-Marsous to see the exhibition, watch a film, buy a book or get some great advice on how to make the most of the hiking here.