Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
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At the heart of Béarn, in the French Pyrenees, lies the peaceful and verdant Ossau Valley. An ideal destination to recharge your batteries while making the most of the joys of nature...
In the heights of the town of Laruns nestles the charming little spa resort of Eaux-Bonnes, an unmissable place for anyone wishing to enjoy a rest and take advantage of the aqua-relaxation centre and the beauty and well-being treatments at the thermal spa.
The Ossau Valley is also full of natural wonders that you can admire in peace on a walking path or hiking trail.
Top spots in this unspoilt area include Lake Bious-Artigues, inhabited by brown and rainbow trout, a fisherman's delight; the museum area at the Vultures' Cliff (Falaise aux Vautours) in Aste-Béon, to learn about the life of the big Pyrenean birds of prey; the Ayous lakes, which you can admire on a day out hiking; the Pic du Midi in Ossau, popular with sporty types who enjoy walking and climbing; and the ski resort of Artouste, with its Lake Fabrèges and the highest tourist train in Europe!
In this part of Bearn, where you enter, the Ossau valley you will surely appear as one of the most attractive as long as you discover the variety of its landscapes and its heritage.
Cradle of prehistoric times, the village of Aruri Eruri or mentioned from the 13th century, given its present name of Arudy at the end of the Middle Ages.
This is a resort for relaxation and rest. Administrative and commercial center, Arudy has all the shops and services necessary for a pleasant stay. Stroll the streets of Arudy through the route discovery of the Val d'Ossau habitat and discover its urban architecture.
Traditional housing Ossau is suitable for a typical pastoral economy (cattle, sheep), which focuses on the summer transhumance towards the mountains, winter in the foothills and the Aquitaine basin.
There are at Arudy these houses, next to urban dwellings, near the church, houses of lesser nobles, artisans or traders. Country of marble quarries operated from the Renaissance, Arudy offers through its diverse urban architecture, numerous examples of taste and undeniable art of building, the 15th century to the present.