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French in Cauterets

La Cheeserie

A fromage-lover's paradise, La Cheeserie whips up a dozen varieties of raclettes and fondues, served with delicacies like magret de canard (seared duck breast), white asparagus and chorizo. There's a suitably impres…
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 roost…
French in Cauterets

La Ferme Basque

This country farmhouse just west of Cauterets has a delightfully rustic restaurant specialising in garbure (a rich meat-and-veg stew), omelettes with foie gras and mushrooms, and other hearty mountain cooking. There…
Village 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 inclu…
French in Cauterets

La Fruitière

For dining with a view, nowhere beats the Fruitery. It sits at the head of the Vallée de Lutour, and has a mountain-view terrace that’ll blow your thermal socks off. The food is traditional and delicious: tuck into …
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, Lourdios-Ichèr…
Bistro in Cauterets

Lau Tant’hic

Owner Gérant adds his own twist to mountain dishes at his little restaurant, but still favours local ingredients, especially lamb, duck, cured sausages and cheese. His presentation shows a bit of big-city flair too,…
French in Cauterets

La Reine Hortense

Although you can drive here, the best way to arrive at this rustic mountaintop eatery is on foot. Take the marked walking path just behind the Thermes de César; it's about two hours return. Once there, you can dine …
Village 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 Biel…
French in Cauterets

La Grande Fache

You’re in the mountains, so really you should be eating artery-clogging, cheese-heavy dishes such as tartiflette (potatoes, cheese and bacon baked in a casserole), raclette and fondue. This family-run restaurant wil…