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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…
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…
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…
Village 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 bik…
Village 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.