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THE AUBISQUE PASS – 1709 M
Linking the Ossau valley to the lands of the Hautes-Pyrénées – the D918 road from Soulor to Aubisque is closed from November to May – the Aubisque pass is a legendary feature of the Tour de France cycle race. With a sweeping 360° view, surrounded by herds of animals, it is the starting point for numerous walks. In winter it is transformed into a playground with snowball fights, sledging, show shoe trekking, and more.
To access the route see OT: 05.59.05.12.17
THE MARIE BLANQUE PASS – 1035M
Regularly crossed by the Tour de France cycle race, it reaches 1035 metres and links the neighbouring valleys of Ossau and Aspe.
THE BENOU PLATEAU – 860 M
With its farms and free-roaming herds of animals, this is one of the prettiest plateaux of pastoral farming in the Ossau Valley. In summer it is the rallying point for setting off on one of the many trails for walkers, horse-riders and mountain bikers. In winter the vast snow-covered spaces will help you rediscover fun and games in the snow.
THE PORT DE CASTET – 870M
Facing the Bénou, the Port de Castet lays out its beautiful meadows studded with forests. It is the starting point for numerous pathways for walkers or mountain bikers. In summer donkey rides are organised. In winter, it is a great place for sledging or building snowmen For information on routes open contact the town hall: 05 59 05 79 51.
THE LITTLE TRAIN OF ARTOUSTE – 2000 M
At the gateway to the National Park of the Pyrenees, offering an unbeatable viewpoint of the Pic du Midi of OSSAU, from May to October, travel along the side of the mountain on board a real train. In 55 minutes it will take you to the edge of Artouste Lake amidst a natural setting of breath-taking views.
POURTALET PASS – 1790 M
On the border of France and Spain, going from the Ossau valley to the Teña valley, this pass features open-air stalls all year round where you can buy Spanish specialities and products.
ANEOU CORRIE – 1709 M
At the foot of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau and Pourtalet Pass, this vast corrie is renowned for its pasturelands and various panoramic views. In both summer and winter you can enjoy the pleasures of open-air activities.
BIOUS-ARTIGUES LAKE – 1420M
Meaning “the bears’ clearing”, Bious-Artigues is one of the gateways to the National Park. It forms a magnificent frame to the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, and you can hike from there, in particular to Ayous lake. There are numerous activities for you to enjoy (canoeing and pony-trekking). Access to the lake is closed in winter.
CASTET LAKE – 425 M
This unexpectedly rich ecosystem is the ideal place to spread yourself out and relax. The natural site offers numerous water-based activities in summer as well as walks along the mountain stream all year round.
THE NATIONAL PARK
This conservation land in the upper Ossau valley protects the natural environment with all its biodiversity (wild fauna, flora, landscapes, sites, etc.). It is the departure point for many walks and famed for the beauty of its scenery.
THE OSSAU VALLEY – LAND OF ART AND HISTORY
You will be enchanted by our villages with their slate-roofed stone houses, criss-crossed by the Ossau mountain stream and hiking trails on its left and right banks. Get to know our culture and festivals. Go and explore the signs of our architectural heritage. Pilgrims of Saint James of Compostela still cross this land to reach Spain via the Moines pass.
For all information visit http://www.valleedossau-tourisme.com