Cow, sheep or mixed, it is made in the same way as it has been for centuries.
Country Markets |Mornings
Monday: Luz Saint-Sauveur
Wednesday: Barèges (May to October)
Sunday: Arrens-Marsous (July-August)
Arrens-Marsous: every Wednesday from 16.00 – 20.00 (July-August)
Gavarnie: 21 July and 11 August from 11.00- 18.00
Luz-Saint-Sauveur: every Friday from 17.00 – 21.30 (July-August)
Val d'Azun has always been farming country and traditions have been safeguarded and follow the rhythms of nature; mainly sheep and cattle breeding, both for the production of milk and meat. A long-standing member of pastoral traditions, the Val d'Azun also battles to preserve its agricultural traditions and environmental quality.
Be it cow, sheep, goat or mixed, the cheese is made following age old recipes. Aged for about 1 or 1/2 months, it will then be sold directly on the farm or at the farmers’ markets.
Farmers have joined forces to create the "Val d'Azun-Pyrénées" brand which promotes an area rich in pastoral traditions and guarantees a quality product.
Discover the pastures
Experiential soirees, tasting "Val d'Azun-Pyrénées" cheese.
At the beginning of every August, the producers of "Val d'Azun-Pyrénées" cheese welcome you to Arrens-Marsous where you can spend a warm and pleasurable evening discovering, tasting and celebrating the taste and the tradition of this celebrated cheese.
Meet a shepherd
A guided hike to meet with a shepherd and his herd of cows is organized every Tuesday at 14.00 during the summer. The 3 hour discovery walk will tell of pastoral traditions, include a visit to a farm and you will taste some local cheese. Tickets available at “La Maison du Val d’Azun” Info centre in Arrens-Marsous.
Transhumance at Lake Estaing
Every year at the end of May or the beginning of June, cattle breeders gather their herds, who have spent the whole winter in warm barns, and take them to their summer residence, the high mountain pastures. This is a festive occasion where everyone helps to lead the herds towards Lake Estaing.