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WALKS AND ACTIVITIES AROUND SAINT- LARY- SOULAN

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In winter...

The campsite is located at the intersection of 4 ski resorts.

  • St Lary Soulan at 15 mins
  • Piau Engaly at 35 mins
  • Peyragudes at 30 mins
  • Val LOURON at 35 mins

A free shuttle bus will take you to the centre of the village or to the foot of the Saint Lary ski lifts throughout winter.
It is also the ideal place to practice snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding or just to make snowmen!

Fitness and Well-being

Saint Lary Soulan thermal baths

Sodium sulphide-rich waters, an unspoiled valley and a privileged climate make Saint-Lary a famous health resort. The thermal springs of the Pyrenees have been known since ancient times.

SENSORIA

Summer and winter, children will discover the joys of whirlpools, geysers and waterfalls, while you can enjoy bubble beds, massage jets and a jacuzzi facing the glass facade which reveals an exceptional panorama of the Pyrenees.

Wellness NUXE

Spa treatmen, face and body care or Nuxe massage... a whole range of treatments awaits you for real moments of smoothness, in an charming setting with the look and feel of a mountain chalet.

Cycling in the Pyrenees

The village of Saint-Lary is the starting point for many cycling outings: the Tour de France has stopped here 10 times, one was the victory of POULIDOR at the Pla d'Adet, the Ronde des Vélos, the Pyrénéenne. The great Pyrenean mountain passes, such as the Aspin, Azet and Peyresourdes, the Portet pass, the Hourquette d'Ancizan are easily reachable. The Pla d’Adet, famous stage finish in the Tour de France, is situated above the village of Saint-Lary-Soulan.

The Pyrenees holds priceless treasures, come and discover them in the heart of the Aure and Louron valleys !

Cyclotourism

For mountain bikers there are many ENDUROS circuits known under the MTB 65 label www.mtb-trails-65.com/ and the Bike mountain park of St Lary, which nowadays is a landmark MTB circuit.

MTB circuit

Néouvielle Nature Reserve

The Lakes Route will let you get close to these unspoilt areas through the Néouvielle Nature Reserve, a true gateway to the Pyrenees National Park.
There you will discover magnificent fresh water landscapes with lakes, torrents and waterfalls...
an unforgettable experience to share with your family.

Reserve regulations.

Pic du Midi

The Pic du Midi cable car invites its passengers on a spectacular journey to the summit at an altitude of 2,877 metres, where the 600m² panoramic terraces offer a breathtaking 360° view of the Pyrenees, the Southern West great plains and the foothills of the Massif Central.

The scenery is unique and the panorama exceptional.

The Pic du Midi is also is famous for its astronomical observatory and the highest museum in Europe, which narrates the human epic of the construction of this exceptional site.

Spain and its canyons

The Aragnouet - Bielsa road tunnel gives direct access between Spain and Saint-Lary in only 30 minutes by car.

Ordesa National Park - The Lost Mountain in Spain

The Pyrenees-Mont Perdu site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 for its natural and cultural landscapes, is a very large cross-border mountain range between Spain and France.
It includes part of the Pyrenees National Park, the cirques de Gavarnie, Estaubé, Troumouse, Barroude some territories located in the peripheral zone of the park in the municipalities of Aragnouet, Gavarnie and Gèdre and the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in Aragon as well as some adjacent areas in the territories of Bielsa, Fanlo, Puértolas, Tella-Sin and Torla.

With a total area of 30,639 ha this site includes two of the largest and deepest canyons in Europe on the southern slope, on the Spanish side, and three major cirques on the steeper northern slope, on the French side.

It also boasts a pastoral landscape which reflects an agricultural way of life once widespread in the mountainous regions of Europe but that remained unchanged in the 20th century only in this place in the Pyrenees.
Important testimonies on the old European civilization through its landscape of villages, farms, fields, high pastures and mountain roads.

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Family excursions

In the heart of the Aure valley, the campsite La Mousquère will be the ideal starting point for family walks and hikes.

  • Néouvielle Nature Reserve
  • Aulon Nature Reserve
  • Ordesa Park Mont Perdu
  • Around Saint Lary
  • Hospice du Rioumajou
  • Lakes of L'Oule
  • Lakes of Bastan

Family Activities

Activities for the whole family around the campsite

  • St Lary Soulan Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Ludic park St Lary
  • Ordesa Park Monte Perdido
  • Agos Leisure Base
  • Gujan Mini Golf
  • St Lary's Bear House
  • Saint Lary cable car
  • Around Saint Lary
  • Guchan Adventure
  • The eagles of Aure

Fishing

The Aure valley is located south of Lannemezan in the Hautes Pyrenees. It runs from the Barthe de Neste to the Spanish border. Few Pyrenean lakes are naturally stocked with fish, it was the shepherds who introduced them to fill their pantry.

The fario trout is the queen of the Pyrenean lakes but you can also find rainbow trout, lake trout (cristivomers), arctic char, atlantic salmon and minnows...

Fishing information Fishing in streams and lakes

Mountain lakes and the seepage from all the valleys feed the Neste and make it possible to have a 1st category river - the size of the trout must be at least 23 cm and 18 cm in its tributaries. There are marked out routes for no-kill fishing: the last ones are in the Rioumajou valley in front of the hospice.

Sports activities

  • Canyon
  • Archery
  • Paragliding
  • MTB
  • Rafting - kayaking - Hydrospeed
  • Adventure park
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Lourdes

About six million visitors from all over the world gather every year in Lourdes (9 million in 2008 for the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions). Since the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, on the bank of the Gave to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, the Pyrenean city is an example of peace and fraternity.

Lourdes is a cosmopolitan city that proudly displays its origins with its Pyrenean museum, the Pic du Jer. The 11th century fortified castle, (listed as historical monument) is strategically placed at the entrance to the seven valleys of the Lavedan.

Cultural Heritage

The Aure valley is a rich and preserved valley whose heritage has survived through time.
There have been no revolutions or religious wars and it was not affected by the industrial revolution!

Most of the village churches and chapels contain baroque altarpieces, 15th century murals, polychrome virgins and other treasures that have remained intact!
Of the sixty or so church buildings in the valleys, about twenty are open to the public mainly during the summer period.

Another attraction of this heritage: Saint-Lary is located on one of the Santiago de Compostela routes, whose itinerary reach Spain through the passes of the Rioumajou valley.

There are also many mills in the valley, some of which, such as the Moulin Débat of St Lary Soulan, have been restored and can be visited.

For all these reasons, the Aure valley is listed as a Country of Arts and History.

Gastronomic heritage

The star of the valley comes from Vignec.. It is the Porc Noir de Bigorre, the oldest breed of pig known in France that had been forgotten because it is not profitable.
Thanks to the work of enthusiast breeders and producers, the breed was saved and able to find economic viability. It is part of the international Slow Food movement and it is in the process of obtaining the AOC label.

The work to save the valley heritage continues, in particular with an endangered cattle breed, the Casta, , which we should find again on the best menus in the coming years.

Other"pearls" of the valley are the Pitou cheese from à Gouaux, the fresh goat's cheeses, the traditional spit cake or the garbure… enough to make your mouth water!

Ferme Pitou chèvre Le P'tit d'Ens Porc noir ferme Vignecoise Histoire gâteau à la broche

Camping La Mousquère
Route de St Lary-Soulan - 65170 Bourisp
Tél : (+33) 05 62 39 44 99
contact@campinglamousquere.com

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