Welcome to Vallée d’Ossau
Stretching south from Pau to the Spanish border, the Vallée d'Ossau is known for its deep pastoral traditions, sleepy villages and spectacular mountain scenery. The valley tracks its namesake river from its confluence with the Aspe at Oloron-Ste-Marie all the way to the watershed at Col du Pourtalet (1794m), some 60km to the south. The entrance to the valley as far as Laruns is green and pastoral, carpeted with lush fields and farms. Further south, the mountains stack up as the valley draws ever closer to the Spanish border. Aside from magnificent walks amid chiselled peaks and topaz lakes, there's much to explore in this valley: quaint and little-visited mountain settlements, soaring griffon vultures at the Falaise aux Vautours, and the Petit Train d’Artouste, one of Europe's highest train rides.