Must see attractions in Parc National des Pyrénées

  • Sights in Vallée d’Ossau

    Falaise aux Vautours

    The griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) was once a familiar sight over the Pyrenees, but habitat loss and hunting have taken their toll on these strange, majestic birds. Now legally protected, over 100 nesting pairs roost around the limestone cliffs of this 82-hectare reserve. It’s a thrill watching them swoop and wheel from their nests above the valley, and strategically placed CCTV cameras allow you to see inside their nests from the visitor centre.

  • Sights in Vallée d’Ossau

    Eaux-Bonnes

    During the 19th century, the small village of Eaux-Bonnes (literally, Good Waters) flourished as a spa resort thanks to its geothermal hot springs, which fed public baths frequented by many illustrious figures including the Empress Eugénie. Even if you're not here for a treatment at the Thermes des Eaux Bonnes, Eaux-Bonnes is worth a stroll through the town's historic centre, which looks all the more striking against the mountainous backdrop of the Pyrenees.

  • Sights in Vallée d'Aspe

    Écomusée de la Vallée d’Aspe

    Four sites around the valley, collectively known as the Écomusée de la Vallée d’Aspe, explore the area’s heritage and agricultural traditions. There are small folk museums in the villages of Sarrance, Lourdios-Ichère and Borcé, but the most interesting site is Les Fermiers Basco-Béarnais in Accous. Opening hours vary by the season; see the website for details.

  • Sights in Vallée d’Ossau

    Rébénacq

    Rébénacq is one of the few bastides (fortified towns) of the Pyrenees, built in 1347 by a lieutenant of Gaston Fébus, the 11th Count of Foix. Like all bastides, it’s set around a central square, the place de la Bielle, whose buildings and dimensions have barely changed in seven centuries.

  • Sights in Vallée d’Ossau

    Castet

    Perched precariously on a glacial outcrop, this hilltop village boasts a 12th-century keep and a truly magnificent valley view. From the belvédère (panoramic viewpoint) known as Port de Castet (868m), hiking and biking trails wind along the hillside.

  • Sights in Vallée d’Ossau

    Bielle

    The former ‘capital’ of the valley, Bielle is a beautiful village with many fine 15th- and 16th-century houses, linked together via a guided walk.

  • Sights in Vallée d'Aspe

    Les Fermiers Basco-Béarnais

    At this farmers’ co-op and fromagerie (cheese shop), you can sample cheese made from the milk of local ewes, goats and cows.

  • Sights in Vallée d'Aspe

    Fort du Portalet

    Built on the right bank of the Gave d'Aspe, this imposing fortress was built in the mid-19th century to protect the border from a possible Spanish invasion.