The Pyrenees and Bearn

Aquitaine is a region with many natural splendours. You can admire all sorts of scenery, including the foothills of the Pyrenees and  Béarn (from Orthez, Salies-de-Béarn or Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port) and high mountains just longing to be climbed.

You get views from afar, for example from the boulevard des Pyrénées in Pau, the administrative seat of Béarn which still basks in glory as the birthplace of Henri IV. The lords of Béarn, the wars of religion and the Way of St James have forged an important historical heritage.

Just the stuff to make you hanker after a hike, right? You can even hike in the winter, starting out from ski resorts. And if you need to wind down after all that effort, there are plenty of spas. How about a glass of Jurançon with that?

 

 

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ACCES

• By train :
Pau or Oloron railway station
3 or 4 high-speed trains a day from Paris-Montparnasse, night trains from Paris-Austerlitz, Geneva and Nice.
Tél. : 36 35
www.voyages-sncf.com
• By plane :
Pau Pyrenees Airport
There are regular flights to 7 destinations.
Tél. : +33 (0)5 59 33 33 00
www.pau.aeroport.fr
• By road :
De Paris : A10, A62, A65
De Lyon : A7, A9, A64
De Toulouse : A64
De Bordeaux : A62, A65
You can get to the ski resorts from Pau or Oloron-Sainte-Marie on local roads. A shuttle bus is laid on in the winter (Pau-Gourette; Oloron-Sainte-Marie-La Pierre Saint-Martin).

 

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