The richness of the flora and fauna, together with the many lakes and sublime scenery, have made the Néouvielle a subject for detailed study and attention. Created in 1936, the Néouvielle Nature Reserve is one of the earliest established in France. The area covers 2300 hectares and counts more than 70 lakes (Aubert, Aumar, Orédon, Cap de Long, Laquettes…) and pools in which more than 570 species of algae have been identified.
The area is covered with Pins à Crochets (a dwarf mountain pine), the tree growing at the highest altitudes in Europe, this famous range is bordered by the massive limestone walls of Barroude and the Pic Néouvielle at more than 3000m of altitude.
This is a paradise for walkers, there are many possible circuits and the grand tour of the Néouvielle can be done staying in the 5 guarded refuges. In order to preserve and protect the beauty of the site but also to help you explore, many facilities have been created (welcome centre, parking, waymarked trails, toilets…)
From the Vallée d’Aure and lake d’Orédon : shuttle bus service, during the journey a presentation is made of the nature reserve. From 9h30 to 18h30. Fare adult return: 4 € (2,50 € single). Children -10 years free of charge. Circulation authorised for vehicles between Orédon and Aubert before 9h30 and after 18h00. Parking charge : 30 mins free, up to 3 hours : 2 €, up to 8 hours : 4 €. More than 8 hours : 5 €. For those who prefer to walk : best walking access is from the Vallée d’Aygues-Cluses close to Barèges. Departure point : Pont de la Gaubie at 3 kms from Barèges. The Laquette footpath route takes you to Lake Aubert in 1h30. « Meeting Points » and themed walks are proposed by the National Park wardens during the summer months.
Information and contacts
Maison du Parc National des Pyrénées- 65170 Saint-Lary Tel : 00 33 5 62 39 40 91
Shuttle bus: Town hall d'Aragnouet -Tel : 000 33 5 62 39 62 63
Visitor Centre at Orédon (Réserve Naturelle du Néouvielle).
St. Lary Tourist Office- Tel: 000 33 5 62 39 50 81
Website : http://www.visit-neouvielle.com/