In the surrounding area
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This city, rich in history, is the third city of the south after Bordeaux and Toulouse. The château of Henry IV, King of France and Navarre, offers its many splendours to the Pyrenean peaks, among which the majestic summit of the Midi d’Ossau is particularly distinctive. This sublime set of peaks offers a succession of magnificent views to those strolling along the Boulevard des Pyrénées.
Between Béarn and the Basque Country, Oloron Sainte-Marie has several interesting sites and buildings including the Romano-Gothic cathedral classified as a World Heritage Site. Gourmets have still not managed to guess the secrets that go into making the patisserie speciality with the unbeatable taste known as “Le russe” (the Russian). The chocolate museum (factory shop) and the Basque linen factory are visits not to be missed.
The Atlantic coast is 2 hours’ drive away by the A64 motorway via Pau.
Biarritz, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and its renowned seaside resort, is a town of many different facets. You will love the Virgin’s Rock and its lighthouse with the crashing waves. Enjoy this romantic and natural landscape as you stroll along the Promenade des Anglais admiring a succession of views with fabulous contrasts of light on the sea.
An authentic and attractive town of the Basque country whose Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church was the scene of the marriage between Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Theresa of Austria. Its charms include the lively pedestrian route crossing the town, the peaceful bay and the port where the fish market still takes place.
Spain via the Pourtalet pass:
LA VALLE DE TENA
This valley offers a gallery of very different landscapes with a range of summits of over 3000m, such as the Balaïtous. There are countless lakes and places to go for walks. You will cross charming villages, pausing for breaks to enjoy tapas. In July the international music festival of Pirineos Sur takes place in Lanuza.
Hautes-Pyrénées by the Aubisque pass (road open from May to October)
The city of Mary is the third most visited place of Catholic pilgrimage in the world, and is situated in the neighbouring department of Hautes-Pyrénées. The Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes were erected following the various appearances of the Virgin to Bernadette Soubirous between 1958 and 1962.
CORRIE OF GAVARNIE
The Gavarnie site in a small village of the Hautes-Pyrénées in Midi Pyrénées is a Unesco World Heritage site because of its natural glacial corrie. Discover the Great Waterfall and Roland’s Breach. Legend tells that the breach opened up when Charlemagne’s nephew wanted to break his sword after the Battle of Roncevaux.