PRESERVED NATURAL SPACES
The Pyrénées National Park
Located at the doors of the Pyrénées National Park, Luz offers a wide range of animal and vegetal species to discover, from the top of the Vignemale to the Pic de la Munia. The National Park invites you to live and share the emotions that only Mother Nature can offer. 50 years of action on the field have made possible the preservation of the natural and cultural heritages, as well as actions to promote pastoralism, local heritage, hospitality, awareness and the education of any kind of audience to the protection of our mountain territories.
The behaviour to adopt in the National Park:
– Respect the indications and the pictograms
– Camping is only allowed from 7pm to 9am, in areas located at 1h walk away from the National Park’s borders or from any road.
– Avoid parking with a caravan or a motorhome during the night
– Do not make a fire
– Respect the quietness of the place
– Carry some rubbish bags to take the rubbish away
– Dogs are strictly prohibited, even held with a leash (except on the main walk to the Cirque de Gavarnie up to the Hôtellerie, as well as in the Marcadau valley, from the parking Puntas to the Clot refuge, where animals are admitted held with a leash).
– Do not remove any vegetal species
– Do not hunt or fish with guns
– Respect the regulation for non-motorized flights.
– Do not ride a sport utility vehicle or a motorcycle trial
– Do not ride a mountain bike outside of the authorized tracks (Brousset ski slopes – Ossau Valley and Somport – Aspe valley)
THE PIBESTE- AOULHET NATURAL RESERVE
The Pibeste Natural Reserve, created in 1994, is proud of being the largest Regional Natural Reserve in France with a surface area of 5000 hectares. Discover this natural and unique space in the heart of the Pibeste massif. Due to its geographic situation, at the convergence of mountain, oceanic and mediterranean climatic influences, it can introduce you to a great diversity of plant and wildlife: over 850 plant species, 22 birds of prey including the Egyptian Vulture, the reserve’s emblem, and several large mammals like the mouflon… Some hiking paths allow visitors to discover the heritage of the Natural Reserve.
THE NÉOUVIELLE NATURAL RESERVE
Created in 1935, the reserve covers 2313 ha which stands between 1800 and 3091 metres above sea-level. The granite Néouvielle massif is remarkable for its number of lakes and its diverse landscapes. Here, you can see izards, partridges, marmots, you can admire the lakes and summits and why not spend a night in one of the many mountain refuges?
NATURA 2000 SITES
Natura 2000 is a vast network of European natural sites presenting challenges in terms of biodiversity. Its goal is to maintain, or in some cases restore, the biological richness of the environment, taking man’s actions into account. No fewer than 14 Natura 2000 sites witness the richness of the Gaves Valley’s natural heritage.
ZOOM ON THE LOURDES LAKE
Lourdes lake, the only low altitude glacial lake (424m) offers an important diversity of landscape and a wide range of rare species. Some panels explain visitors the history of the lake, the animals and the plant species…