Wildlife Reserve 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...

Village in Vallée d’Ossau


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...

Museum 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,...

Village in Vallée d’Ossau


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...

Village in Vallée d’Ossau


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...

Village in Vallée d’Ossau


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.

Fortress 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.