TOURIST SITES

The foothills circuit:

Rébénacq - Croix de Buzy  - Buzy - Bescat - Sévignacq-Meyracq - Lys - Arudy - Sainte-Colome  - Pédestarrès-Pédéhourat - Louvie-Juzon - Natural space of the Castet Lake - Iseste.

 

The Gave d'Ossau left bank circuit:

Gère-Bélesten – Bielle -  Bilhères - Plateau du Bénou - Col de Marie Blanque.

 

The Gave d'Ossau right bank circuit:

Béost -  Louvie-Soubiron -  Aste -  Béon -  Castet -  Port de Castet - Béost.

 

The Valentin Valley circuit:

Assouste -  Eaux-Bonnes -  Aas -  Gourette -  Col d'Aubisque - Laruns.

 

The Upper Ossau Valley circuit:

Laruns - Eaux-Chaudes - Gabas - Bious-Artigues - Fabrèges - Aneou - Col du Pourtalet - Laruns.

TOURIST SITES :

Bénou plateau (Alt. 860 m)

This is one of the prettiest pastoral plateaux in the valley with its barns and free-ranging herds. This is the starting point for a number of tracks: on foot, on horseback, mountain bike itineraries. Towards the north and the Lazerque peaks and Lous Couraus cromlechs that are evidence of Man’s presence here for thousands of years. Towards the south, the summits of Aran and of the Montagnon that reach altitudes of almost 2,000 m. In winter, the Bénou becomes a playground for sledging enthusiasts.

 

Port de Castet (Alt. 870 m)

This very pretty plateau comprising pasture lands and forests is very similar to the Plateau du Bénou. This is the starting point for several rambles (on foot or mountain bikes) to the Jaüt massif, Port de Béon or the Col deus coigts.

 

Col d’Aubisque (Alt. 1,709 m)

A trip to the dizzying landscapes of the Col d’Aubisque is a must for all visitors: a panoramic view over the Gourette and Litor corries, especially from the Soum de Grum, the summit that can be reached on foot from the pass. It was the Empress Eugenie, who used to visit the Eaux-Bonnes spa resort, who was responsible for the building of the “spa route” linking Argelès-Gazost to the Ossau Valley. A mythical place crossed by the Tour de France cycle race.

 

Bious-Artigues (Alt. 1,420 m)

Etymologically meaning “the bears’ clearing”, Bious-Artigues is one of the gateways into the National Park. The lake, which takes approximately one hour to walk around,  is overshadowed by the Pic du Midi d’Ossau. Beyond, several excursions are possible along the GR 10 and in the Pyrenean National Park, especially towards the Ayous lakes.

 

Anéou cirque (Alt. 1,700 m)

This is the centre of the Ossau pastoral life, at the foot of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau. This site is also frequented by chamois. Panoramic viewpoints. Walks and hikes. Snow based activities in winter (snowshoe treks and cross-country skiing).

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