To the Béarn, bordering the Basque Country, set on a rocky outcrop, Sauveterre whose name comes from " sauveté " was born around the eleventh century. Refuge for the population under the protection of the clergy at first, it was one of the main towns of Béarn with two large viscounts, Gaston VII Moncade the thirteenth century and Gaston Phoebus in the fourteenth century. Step also on the way to Compostela, the city experienced great prosperity until the sixteenth century as evidenced by its numerous fortifications and remains (St. Andrew's Church, Tower Monreal, Bridge of the Legend, House Forte...).
Sauveterre today is the meeting place for lovers of old stones but also white water (canoeing, rafting), fishing (trout, salmon) and hiking. The city is also known for being the birthplace of the breed Blonde d'Aquitaine animal that annually celebrates the 3rd weekend of August.
To visit: Sauveterre, the Monreal tower. In the majestic setting of the tower Monreal, we let ourselves go in the thirteenth medieval Béarn in the sixteenth century, with a modern and playful scenic design. In the center, the reconstruction of the city, made of thousands of stones, beams, joists 100th, calibrated and meetings, invites guests to experience all around, spaces dedicated to the heyday of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, heritage, history of Béarn, Navarre, France...
The foot of the ramparts, in the middle of the Gave, the island of Glère offers a magnificent view of the upper town. Classified Sensitive Natural Area and followed by the NFB, it features a rather unique flora for the place (wild poplars, foliicoles lichens, large buxaie the heart of the island...). There, only the sound of birds and Gave waves are heard. The ideal place to soak feet for a picnic lunch or a nap...
Many activities are offered on Sauveterre. First the white water (canoeing, rafting), fishing (salmon, trout), hiking (guide with 60 walks and hikes in Béarn Gaves). treasure hunting books for children to fun way to visit the city.
In July-August, Sauveterre celebrates its Medieval. A very nice family day where the medieval market alongside medieval workshops and various events (music, dance, medieval shows).
The 3rd weekend of August Sauveterre lives to the rhythm of the fair of the Blonde d'Aquitaine. craft market, garage sale, livestock show, parade of the brotherhoods, competition Borit, Basque-Béarn games, meals and dinner Blonde... As part of this fair, the same week is organized a walk for landscape discover and understand the landscape of Sauveterre, its history but also to visit a breeder farm with tasting of Blonde d'Aquitaine. Finally, Art Cow contest is organized beginning in late August. Everyone is free to create on paper, painting, sculpture a work on the theme of the cow that will be exhibited in the halls of the Town Hall every August and submitted to a public vote.