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Borce

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Petit village béarnais, Borce is located in New-Aquitaine, in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Located in the valley of Aspe, it is not far from Oloron-Sainte-Marie, on the road to Pau.

With an existence attested at least since the fourteenth century, the village of Borce has always been an agricultural vocation. Close to the Spanish border, it is subject to the Treaty of Bayonne of 1862 allowing some Spanish shepherds to graze their cattle on the territory of the municipality.

Today, Borce is largely focused on tourism, offering an interesting architectural heritage, as well as beautiful natural sites. The most gourmands will also appreciate the local gastronomy, the village being part of the area of ​​appellation of cheese ossau-iraty.

Geographical information

MunicipalityBorce
Postcode64490
Latitude42.9091700 (N 42° 54’ 33”)
Longitude-0.5727850 (W 0° 34’ 22”)
AltitudeFrom 560m to 2258m
Surface area58.05 km²
Population151 inhabitants
Density2 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePau (72 km, 1h17)
Insee code64136
IntercommunalityCC de la Vallée d'Aspe
DepartmentPyrénées-Atlantiques
RegionAquitaine

Nearest cities & towns

Etsaut1.8 km (5 min)
Cette-Eygun3.6 km (4 min)
Urdos4.6 km (7 min)
Lées-Athas9.9 km (15 min)
Accous10.4 km (14 min)
Lescun11 km (18 min)
Bedous12 km (16 min)
Osse-en-Aspe12.1 km (18 min)
Sarrance18.7 km (20 min)
Aydius19.8 km (28 min)
Escot24 km (25 min)
Lourdios-Ichère25 km (31 min)
Asasp-Arros28 km (28 min)

Things to see and do

Walking through the alleys of the village, you can enjoy several houses from the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. Borce also houses fortified houses of the 13th and 14th centuries, as well as stables and old bread ovens.

Renovated in the 19th century, the Portalet fort was built in the 16th century, also on horseback in the town of Etsaut. Dominating the Gave of Aspe, it takes place on a cliff, facing the path of the Mâture. Classified as a Historic Monument, it served as a place of detention to political figures of the Vichy regime, notably, very briefly, to Marshal Petain. Guided tours are organized by the Tourist Office.

Renovated in the 17th century, the church of Saint-Michel presents in its interior a beautiful black limestone font decorated with a scallop shell, a bumblebee and a bearded mask. Borce has indeed long been a stage of the camino aragonés, portion of one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.

Created in 2004, the animal area of ​​Borce was born on the initiative of the municipality, following the closure of a first place of protection of the bears. There are several wildlife species preserved by volunteers.

Located between the plateau of Lhers and Borce, the pass of Barrancq is crossed by the GR10, a great hiking trail linking the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean.

Places of interest

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Natural sites

Events and festivities

During July, for the Saint-Michel, the town festival is the occasion to enjoy several animations, as well as a small funfair.

Photos

Entrance to the fort
Entrance to the fort
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Weather

Thursday 8 december
Min. 12°C - Max. 12°C
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Friday 9 december
Min. 13°C - Max. 13°C
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Saturday 10 december
Min. 13°C - Max. 13°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning in the Ossau Valley
Sports sensations40 € Laruns (15.3 km)
Tasting and sale of Jurançon wine at Domaine Latapy
Local flavoursFreeGan (35 km)
Bespoke guided mountain hike
Sports sensations15 € to 45 € Cauterets (37 km)
Guided Tour of the Grottes de Betharram
Culture and education14 € Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre (38 km)
Guided hike and snowshoeing
Sports sensations15 € to 150 € Argelès-Gazost (40 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Guided tour of Eaux-Bonnes
Village visitEasy1h00Eaux-Bonnes (16.5 km)
Suyen lake, Val d'Azun - Pyrénées
HikeEasy2h40Arrens-Marsous (25 km)
Tech lake, Val d'Azun - Pyrénées
HikeEasy1h55Arrens-Marsous (26 km)
Soulor Pass - Val d'Azun, Pyrénées
HikeEasy1h15Arrens-Marsous (26 km)
The Mills and Church of Arcizans-Dessus
Village visitEasy1h00Gaillagos (33 km)

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