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Pays des Nestes

Chateau de Mauvezin Located in the east of the department of Hautes Pyrénées and the massif of Lannemezan in the border with Spain, Pays des Nestes gathers Vallée d’Aure and Vallée du Louron, the lands of Nistos, of Barousse and of Baronnies.

The presence of water delimits the profile of the landscape through the nestes (torrents), and the lakes at medium and high altitude. You can also observe the old traces of water on the ground such as chasms and caves open to the public. Water has played a main role on the development of activities such as thermoludism, whose best representative is the Spa, Balnéa, pioneer in the French Pryrenees.

Abbaye de l'Escaladieu Pays des Nestes also offers winter sports with 4 alpine ski resorts: Peyragudes, Val Louron, Saint Lary and Piau Engaly, and a cross-country skiing resort, Nistos.

Although Superbagnères does not belong to Pays des Nestes, it is located in the neighboring village of Luchon.

A land of traditions, Pays des Nestes gathers countless traces and historical monuments. This area does not just host its very well-known Romanesque churches,but also the Château de Mauvezin (Castle of Mauvezin) and Abbae de l’Escaladieu (Abbey of Escaladieu), both situated in Baronnies. The outstanding village of Arreau is the meeting point between Vallée du Louron and Vallée d’Aure. Saint Bertrand de Comminges, the Roman village, is located in the furthest corner of Haute Garonne (High Garonne). The palaeo-Christian basilica and its monumental cathedral are worth a visit.

We can find some alternative activities in nearby villages to the sports offered in Pays des Nestes: golf course in Lannemezan, white water sports in Bazus, close to Saint Lary and numerous tracks to walk, ride a horse or ride a mountain bike.

Réserve naturelle du Néouvielle  

As for nature, there are some great spots around worth a visit. The remarkable Natural Reserve of Néouvielle and its magic lakes, as well as the National Park of the Pyrenees, beside the Spanish border. You can also visit the leafy valleys of Barousse and Nistos on the massif.

Lastly, la Maison du Pastoralisme d’Azet (The house of pastoralism in Azet), a place where nature, human activity, tradition and modernity converge. You can reach this place coming from the Col d’Azet (Peak of Azet), just a few kilometers from Vallée du Louron. There you can find a modern museographic space of yesterday, today and tomorrow’s pastoralism.


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Pays des Nestes

Maison du Pastoralisme

Abbaye de l'Escaladieu

Chateau de Mauvezin

Gouffre d'Esparros

Grottes de Gargas

Saint Bertrand de Comminges

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