Vallée d'Aure

The vallée d'Aure is located in the French Pyrenees, in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, in the region of Midi-Pyrénées.

Vallée d'Aure
Vallée d'Aure, France (2002).jpg
Length40 km North
TypeVallée glaciaire
LocationHautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Population centersSarrancolin, Arreau, Ancizan, Guchen, Grézian, Cadéac, Vielle-Aure, Saint-Lary-Soulan, Aragnouet
Coordinates42°49′48″N 0°19′48″E / 42.8300°N 0.3300°E / 42.8300; 0.3300Coordinates: 42°49′48″N 0°19′48″E / 42.8300°N 0.3300°E / 42.8300; 0.3300[1]
Mountain rangePyrénées
Traversed byNeste


The vallée d'Aure is part of the pays d'Aure, of which the historical capital is Arreau.

It corresponds to the upper flow of the Neste or Neste d'Aure. It spans about 40 km from Sarrancolin to the Spanish border, accessible by the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel.

the vallée d'Aure under a sea of clouds

Main communesEdit


The vallée d’Are has the particularity of disposing of remarkable mineral deposits such as byssolite, tremolite or prehnite.

Flora and faunaEdit

The Aure et Saint-Girons ~ or Auroise ~ is a breed of cattle endemic to the valley.


Chemin de la Vallée d'Aure

Skying resortsEdit

  • Saint-Lary-Soulan
  • Piau-Engaly
  • Nistos (alpine and cross-country skiing)


  1. ^ Source : Google Maps et Géoportail