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Arette - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees, the common Arette is located in the Barétous valley, bordered on the west by the Aspe valley and east by the Basque valley of the Soule. Village of 1200 inhabitants, Arette is part of the territory of Nagorno Béarn and has preserved its traditions and traditional economy. Farming and pastoralism are the economic pillars of the town with logging and tourism. Arette, it is also the ski resort of La Pierre Saint Martin located 23 km from the village.

Strongly marking the memories, the earthquake of August 13, 1967 destroyed the village in about 80%. This sad event has significantly shaped the history of the town.

Barétous Valley is also known as the birthplace of the Musketeers, an elite French Guard, honored by Alexandre Dumas. Several sites to track the life and adventures that inspired the Musketeers Dumas.

Land of pastoralism, land border, the Barétous is an emblem of cooperation between peoples with the Treaty of the Junta of Roncal or Tribute of three cows, oldest peace treaty in Europe. This peace treaty is renewed each year since 1385, July 13 to Col de la Pierre Saint Martin, where French and Spanish meet to agree on the use of pasture.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.0952450 (N 43° 5’ 43”)
Longitude-0.7162200 (W 0° 42’ 58”)
AltitudeFrom 292m to 2315m
Surface area92.23 km²
Population1057 inhabitants
Density11 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePau (31 mi, 56 min)
Insee code64040
IntercommunalityCC du Haut-Béarn
TerritoryAquitaine, Béarn-Basque Country, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Aramits2.2 mi (7 min)
Lanne-en-Barétous2.9 mi (7 min)
Issor4 mi (12 min)
Ance Féas5.7 mi (12 min)
Lourdios-Ichère5.8 mi (17 min)
Montory6.6 mi (14 min)
Asasp-Arros7.3 mi (18 min)
Lurbe-Saint-Christau8 mi (19 min)
Laguinge-Restoue9.4 mi (18 min)
Tardets-Sorholus9.4 mi (19 min)
Gurmençon9.7 mi (21 min)
Eysus9.9 mi (24 min)
Alos-Sibas-Abense10.1 mi (20 min)
Barcus10.3 mi (25 min)
Escot10.4 mi (24 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Let You Conter Schools of Béarn Pyrenees
Stone by Night
Festival of Lights
Cheese Manufacturing Sample
Evening Nordic
Arrival of Santa Claus Dameuse!
Molky on Snow
Baptism Discovery Sled Dogs
Ski Open


House of Barétous
House of Barétous
See photo
Mill Arette
Mill Arette
See photo


Friday 13 december
Min. 9°C - Max. 14°C
Saturday 14 december
Min. 8°C - Max. 14°C
Sunday 15 december
Min. 7°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Carp and sturgeon fishing
Nature and the great outdoors290 € Lons (20 mi)
Guided Tour of the Grottes de Betharram
Culture and education15 € Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre (27 mi)
River sports fishing with an instructor guide
Sports sensations100 € to 200 € Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (27 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Col de la Pierre Saint Martin
All-terrain bike itineraryAthletic2h45Arette
Bugalaran, walk in the world of the forest
HikeEasy55 minAramits (3.5 mi)
HikeAthletic5h00Barcus (7 mi)
Ahusquy Pass
All-terrain bike itineraryAthletic1h35Tardets-Sorholus (7.5 mi)
MTB From Oloron-Sainte-Marie to the Hopital-Saint-Blaise
Mountain bike itineraryAthletic1h55Oloron-Sainte-Marie (8.1 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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