This very widespread village stretches up to the Spanish border and comprises superb natural sites protected by the Pyrenees National Park (hikes to the Cirque of Anéou and the small valley of Brousset).
The commune is made of several areas with old houses bearing religious, architectural (scallop shell) or professional (set square, compass) patterns. Château d’Espalungue (private) where, according to the legend, died the musketeer Aramis.
Every 15th August, the inhabitants celebrate Our Lady and, thanks to graceful costumes, songs and dances, they bring the traditional Béarn back to life.
Every first weekend in October, it is the turn of the delicious Ossau cheese to be celebrated with numerous festivities.
Eaux-Chaudes (alt. 675 m) Hydrotherapy centre (Commune of Laruns)
The hydrotherapy centre has been known for a very long time …
Its natural setting is breathtaking as the village is located in deep gorges dominated by the surrounding mountains. Good starting point for some rambling excursions …
Illustrious French and Spanish characters came to be treated at ‘Aigas Caudas’. In the 19th century fertility-related conditions where treated there …, as well as rheumatisms suffered by elderly people and airway conditions of children.
Gabas (alt. 1027 m) (Commune of Laruns)
The salting rooms …
Gabas also used to be a stage on the route to Santiago de Compostela. Today, only the 12th century listed chapel remains.
Gabas is known for its cheese salting rooms. Traditional village of people in charge of the maturing process. The Ossau valley cheese is very reknown and Laruns celebrates it every first weekend in October.
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