Whether it is in winter or summer, there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in the Pyrenees, from Bearn to the Basque Country !
In summer, the Atlantic Pyrenees are accessible for hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and canyoning enthusiasts. Hurtle down the clear waters of mountain rivers, fly through the pure air or walk the GR10 which follows the mountain passes from the Atlantic.In Pau, you can vary sports activities by trying its white water stadium in Gave and the national stud farm in Gelos, which is also a pottock (Basque pony) breeding centre.
In Pau, the capital of the Bearn area, you can get a great view of the mountains from Pyrenees Boulevard. The city’s lively streets invite visitors to shop and to celebrate. You can also visit the castle where King Henry the 4th was born. He was King of France and Navarre in the 16th century.
In the Pyrenees Regional Nature Park, at the foot of the “Pic du Midi d’Ossau”, admire our preserved nature. You may even encounter transhumant herds on our wild slopes and on your way to the villages of the valleys of Aspe Ossau and Aldudes!
In winter, try all types of board sports in the Pyrenees resorts: piste skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sleds.
Pamper yourself at the spa centre, for therapeutic reasons or simply to relax. The mountains offer a breath of fresh air and pure water!"Jurançon" wine is a full-bodied white wine, created in the "Béarn Piedmont" area.
It was discovered at "Maison du Jurançon" in Lacommande. The Wine route takes you to 60 estates. Do not miss their “Open Day” in December!
Near the Pyrenees, on the Bearn Compostelle paths, follow local storytellers into the fortified city of Navarrenx, the former capital with its high walls, or to Orthez, Sauveterre and Salies-de-Bearn, with their lovely old houses.
After all these activities, recharge your batteries by enjoying cheese (which shepherds celebrate in July in the Aspe Valley), or trout and salmon from the mountain rivers.Discover Salies-de-Bearn, "the salt city" and its thermal baths and chic 1900 villas, and the medieval chateaux and churches in Oloron Sainte Marie, Navarrenx and Sauveterre.
Warm up with some "garbure" Gascon cabbage soup and an abundance of duck and goose meat preserves. Typical south-west France dishes!
Further information about the Pyrénées-Atlantiques tourist committee website, www.neige64.com
Further information about the Pyrenean Tourism Confederation
Further information about Pyrenees resortsFurther information about Coeur de Bearn