Fort du Portalet

Parc National des Pyrénées

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.

From April to October, tours (€10) in English can be organised through the Bedous tourist office or online (

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Nearby Parc National des Pyrénées attractions

1. Les Fermiers Basco-Béarnais

6.68 MILES

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

2. Estación Internacional de Canfranc

9.62 MILES

The magnificent, 250m-long, Modernista structure of Canfranc station stands as a monument to a trans-Pyrenean railway that has lain idle for half a…

3. Eaux-Bonnes

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4. Falaise aux Vautours

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5. Iglesia de San Pedro

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6. Bielle

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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.

7. Museo Etnológico Casa Mazo

13.99 MILES

Near the church in the heart of the village, this endearing museum features a captivating display of photographs of villagers from the 1920s and 1930s.

8. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

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Thanks to an international art symposium held here annually from 1975 to 1984, Hecho is endowed with a large collection of contemporary sculpture and…