Welcome to the Ossau Valley
Nature and tradition.
The Vallée d'Ossau is a preserved valley that has kept its traditions: pastoralism and transhumance, songs and dances ossaloises. Here nature is respected and offers us a rich panel both flora and fauna face the majesty of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau dit Jean-Pierre. The shepherds perpetuate transhumance to offer us an authentic cheese rich in taste. The animals always carry their cowbell so that the shepherd can find them. The bells are still made in Bearn and can be bought as souvenirs. In the Ossau Valley, you can see the Bearded Vulture, the Tawny Vulture, the Marmot, the Isard and maybe ... the Bear.
To see and do in the Osssau valley:
Hiking for all tastes and all levels:
The must-sees: the Plateau du Bénou with Marie-Blanque, the Port d'Aste, the Lazerque, the port of Castet, the Bious-Artigues lake and the lakes of Ayous, the lake of Anglas, the plateau of Anéou with the Pourtalet pass (Spanish border), Aubisque and Soulor. The Tour du Midi Pic of Ossau or the tour of the Valley of Ossau which has just been rehabilitated. The Rey mountain facing the campsite, although apparently easy, is reserved for good hikers.
A path of Saint Jacques de Compostela passes in front of the campsite.
The Nordic walking in the Ossau Valley with Geneviève Laîn Ricard
Geneviève is a sports educator, state-certified for several years, and instructor of the Nordic Walking Federation.
Near the campsite, walks and hikes to the rhythm of a donkey on the plateau of Port de Castet with Petits Pas. In summer evenings tales under the stars. A great time to book without fail. www.anenrando.over-blog.com
Fishing for trout from March to September. The Gave d'Ossau is 1km from the campsite.
Cycling: Aubisque and Marie Blanque are waiting for the most trained. For the more modest there is a wide variety of circuits.
V.T.T. Idem and good luck.
the Cliff Vultures in Aste-Béon will allow you to observe live and in the wild the vultures settled on the cliff. A recreational area of 372 m² to experience life in the mountains, a territory shared by shepherds and raptors.
The Little Artouste Train is the highest train in Europe. Between 1800 and 2000 m altitude you will follow the Soussouéou Valley. Wonderful landscapes.
Climbing: Rock school of Arudy, Via Ferrata of Siala, the mallos del riglos, the white rock and the largest indoor hall in Europe in Oloron.
The Miellerie de la Montagne Verte . An exceptional setting for a honey just as exceptional.
The House & nbsp; of Ossau, Arudy Museum . Former abbey of the seventeenth. Exhibition and film about geology, archeology, fauna and flora.
Typical villages that have kept their heritage: Arudy, Castets, Bielle and ... all the others. To discover the wash-houses, the churches, the facades and the doors of the houses dating from XV for the oldest ones.
The castle of Beost. One of the oldest abbeys laïque du béarn transformed into a manor house in the XVI °.
National Park House.
The Pyrenees National Park is responsible for the preservation of natural sites and the protection of fauna and flora. On site in Laruns, exhibitions, information and sale of souvenirs.
Acrobatic course with the Forest Suspended Eaux-Bonnes.
The Emergency Baths magic place and out of time for a great moment of relaxation. Intimate and personalized welcome.
Thermal baths: Thermal Waters and Waters-good for a moment of relaxation and fitness.
Near the valley
To the north, the slopes of Jurançon for its landscapes and its nectar. Pau and the castle of Henri IV.
To the east, the Asson zoo with 100 species of exceptional animals and 30 programs for endangered species, the valley of Ouzoum, The Betharram Caves , Lourdes.
To the south, Spain (40 km) with the Sierra de Guarra.
To the west, direct access to the Aspe Valley via the Marie-Blanque Pass or the Bager Forest.