All this makes up a unique mosaic of landscapes.
The Baronnies Valley
Preserved and endearing, the Baronnies have always attracted men
At the foot of the first massif of the Pyrenees, it is a succession of valleys and limestone hills huddled against the mountain and sculpted by surface or underground water. The presence of water, the development of vast forests and bocage landscapes make up a world where green is omnipresent. The typical and luminous landscapes are punctuated by villages or hamlets linked by winding roads. Sometimes you have to know how to get lost to discover the viewpoints (Col de Coupe, Tour d’Avezac, Col du Couret, Col des Palomières …).
Remarkable sites dot the valley: The Esparros Chasm, a listed site and underground jewel of the Baronnies, the Labastide Prehistoric Space, witness of the prehistoric occupation, the Escaladieu Abbey and the Mauvezin Castle, facing the Pyrenees.
The entire Baronnies valley is an ideal playground for hikers who will find there a formidable network of hiking trails: the beginning of the high mountain (Signal du Bassia at 1921m) but also more hikes for families and walks leading to hidden waterfalls, along streams resembling Little Amazonia, or in fabulous cinema landscapes.
Here and there you can meet artisans who still work with the surrounding resources and open their workshops to the curious people as well as producers who, proud of their land, perpetuate agricultural or market gardening traditions.
Discover the website lesbaronnies-au19eme.fr which presents a good historical and sociological approach to the Baronnies valley.
The Lannemezan Plateau and the Baïse valley
The Lannemezan Plateau and the Baïse valley face the Pyrenean chain which is revealed in panoramic view.
Real balcony on the mountain, Lannemezan, located near Spain (70km), 120km from Toulouse, and at the entrance of the Pyrenean valleys, is a town in the piedmont (altitude 550 m.) where the living environment is pleasant. It offers a rich and diversified leisure offer, in particular for families: leisure park, swimming pool, golf course, hiking trails, acrobatic courses in height …
The Baïse valley offers a diversity of agricultural landscapes with the Pyrenees as a backdrop. Visit the bastide of Galan which has a remarkable historical heritage.
The Neste valley
At the foot of the high peaks and at the entrance to the Aure valley.
The Neste valley is named as the river which crosses it and which has shaped the landscape into large, open terraces.
It makes the transition between the Lannemezan Plateau and the valleys further south. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times and contains many historical testimonies (towers, remains of castles, chapels, etc.). A very rich history that can be discovered by following the Neste River, from village to village.
Beautiful landscapes, unspoiled nature, it is an ideal place for walks and hikes facing the great peaks of the Pyrenees. For fans of climbing, the Neste valley is also one of the best “spots” with well-known names: Pene Haute, Suberpene or the Lortet rock for amateurs.
The Neste river, sometimes capricious, is popular for fishing and allows the practice of different techniques in particular fly fishing with the “No Kill” course of Lortet.
Thermal village located in a privileged environment
Capvern Les Bains is a thermal village recognized for the quality of care located in a privileged environment at the foot of the Pyrenees. You will combine the benefits of hydrotherapy with those of relaxation.
Each year, thousands of curists come to be treated here because the waters are renowned for their benefits for digestive and urinary diseases, rheumatology and post-breast cancer convalescence.
So, in Capvern Les Bains everything is designed to make you feel good!
Discover the territory
Between the history of men and the remarkable natural sites, discoveries are numerous.
Here, man has been present since prehistoric times and many archaeological and heritage testimonies mark the history of this territory.
Facing the Pyrenees, the viewpoints are worth a visit and the mountain is revealed as a panorama. The omnipresent water has shaped the landscapes and promotes a nature sometimes lush or secret but also the development of human activities.
Here, nature reveals itself in great detail but is also discovered in more hidden places where the fauna and flora is often remarkable and to be discovered in dedicated and protected sites.
The best places
On the markets, at the right tables or for direct sale you will find a wide choice of local products to taste without moderation.
These preserved lands are conducive to quality and taste-conscious agriculture.
Here it's all nature ... rhymes with culture!
From the hillside villages to the Baronnies via the Lannemezan Plateau,discover the artists, entertainement and shows that throughout the year our region depends on.
Some examples: Music or art festivals in Capvern les Bains, cultural season at the Escaladieu Abbey, markets and festive evenings in the Baronnies and elsewhere, theatre «Friday evening at the Barthe de Neste», exhibitions, meetings and conferences in Lannemezan, etc.
There is something for everyone and for your greatest pleasure.