Located in the heart of the French Central Pyrenees, Val d’Azun is part of one of the main natural treasures in the mountain range: the Pyrenees National Park, created in 1967. This extended protected territory, also known as “the valleys of Gavarnie”, is a top destination that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Starlight Reserve thanks to the quality of its night skies.
The sphere of influence of the National Park includes famous (partly due to the Tour de France) valleys and sectors such as Cauterets, Argelès-Gazost valley, Barèges-Tourmalet and the emblematic Cirque de Gavarnie. Further north, the city of Lourdes is another destination of worldwide reputation. Val d’Azun’s landscapes are so wonderful, that one of the very first explorers of the Pyrenean mountain range, the famous Louis Ramond de Carbonnière, christened the valley with the name of “The Eden of the Pyrenees”. Two famous passes –Soulor and Couraduque– are the entrance or exit gateways to the valley.
In the higher part of this former glacial valley, one of the most mythic summit in the Pyrenees stands majestically: Balaïtous Peak, 3,144 m above sea level, in the very heart of the National Park. The high mountain landscapes host a rich fauna and flora as well as superb lakes such as Estaing and Suyen, among many others.
Val d’Azun has eight small villages made of stone walls and slate roofs. The landscapes perfectly fit with the traditional activities, especially with the stockbreeding. The farms –mainly sheep and cows– are focused on the production of meat, milk and delicious handmade cheese. The farmers have actually created an association in order to create the “Val d’Azun-Pyrénées” cheese certification label, which guarantees a quality product based on pastoral knowledge and tradition.
Vallée du Tech – Arrens-Marsous
Interpretation initiative of the whole valley in the field of accessible tourism (Tourisme et handicap) and for four types: motor, visual, auditory and mental. The facilities allow all audiences to access the heart of nature and discover, with complete autonomy, exceptional places in the mountain environment.
+ info: www.pyrenees-parcnational.fr/fr/videos / la-decouverte-de-la-vallee-du-tech
Maison du Val d’Azun. Interpretation Center of the National Park des Pyrénées – Arrens-Marsous
Tourist information center of Val d’Azun, permanent exhibition of works by artists and artisans of the Pyrenees National Park. Sale of products and reservation of mountain guides, bicycle touring and mountain biking.
+ info: www.valleesdegavarnie.com/ete/ma-destination/val-d-azun</ to>
Animal Park of the Pyrenees – Argelès-Gazost
Animal park located in the population of access to Val d’Azun. Considered one of the three best zoos in France, it hosts 100 species and 600 animals, among which an impressive collection of birds, large mountain ungulates and the park’s stars, marmots.
+ info: www.parc-animalier-pyrenees.com
Donjon des Aigles – Beaucens
The medieval castle of Beaucens is home to one of the most prestigious collections of raptors: kites, vultures, eagles, pigs and hawks next to parrots in summer. Open spring in late September.
+ info: www.donjon-des-aigles.com/?lang=en
List of transport for sustainable mobility within the territory
Lourdes Station, 25 km distance to Val d’Azun
Transport on request in Lourdes-Argelès
Book on (+33) 800 656500 (free call).
Several taxi companies available in the region, in
Val d’Azun and Lourdes.
From the Nordic Site of Val d’Azun
5-stage hike around Val d’Azun and other marked
Trail running routes on
Different types, especially road bikes, due to the
label “Les Pyrénées mythiques à vélo”.
Project of connection of Val d’Azun to the Voie
Verte (Scenic route) Lourdes-Argelès
Electric bicycle rental in Argelès-Gazost.
“Les Pyrénées mythiques à vélo” routes.
Enduro routes also available.
Electric scooters through mountain routes.