The most beautiful villages of Béarn
On holiday in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques? Don’t miss out on discovering Béarn and its beautiful villages. This former principality is one of the jewels of the southwest. For an authentic stay, consider booking at the Beau Rivage campsite. This 3-star campsite with swimming pool is located in Navarrenx. It is open from March to October. For a memorable experience, here is a selection of must-visit villages in the Bearn.
This village, where the Beau Rivage campsite is situated, is the oldest bastioned city in the country. The ramparts dating from the 16th century, the fort and its military treasures, promise a unique experience. The Gave d’Oléron is an excellent setting for kayaking, rafting or fishing. Gourmets will love the local specialities, featuring salmon.
Visit the thermal district and go back in time to the Belle Époque. Don’t forget to take a photo next to the boar fountain, a must-see in the city.
Nestled at an altitude of 900 metres, Lescun is one of the most remarkable destinations in the region. This peaceful haven is ideal for relaxation and escape. Walkers and expert hikers can venture out on the many trails. Abandon yourself to nature amidst the cliffs and streams.
Sauveterre de Béarn
The Legend Bridge and its mysterious stories, the Monréal tower and its ramparts, the Saint-André church… Let yourself be carried away by the unique charm of this region. In August, the third weekend of the month is marked by the lively Blonde d’Aquitaine fair. This is an agricultural event, which celebrates a rare breed of cow, characteristic of the region.
As you stroll along the Rue du Haut, you can admire the beautiful houses, some of which date back to the Age of Enlightenment. On your way, you will pass by the ancestral fountain, the old wash house, as well as the church of Notre-Dame de la Pierre and its monastery.
In Morlanne, the main attraction is undoubtedly the castle built by Gaston Fébus. This protected historical monument dates from the Hundred Years’ War. Its singular architecture combines brick and stone. It will also be your starting point to explore the surrounding houses which date back to the 17th century, as well as the fortified church. Don’t forget the market at Belluix House, which offers delicious local specialities.
At the foot of the mountains, Accous is the ideal destination for a holiday in the heart of nature. This paradise of greenery will delight hikers. They can enjoy the sublime views over the valley. This village in Béarn is also famous for its Ossau-Iraty cheese. At the cheese museum, you will discover the production process. You will also have the opportunity to taste this exquisite delicacy.
Borce is a remarkable historical picture. It is home to buildings dating back to medieval times. As you walk through the narrow streets, you will notice houses dating from the 14th to 17th centuries, fountains, the wash house and the bread oven. Don’t hesitate to explore the Portalet fort. It offers a privileged view of the Gave d’Aspe. While visiting this village located on the Spanish border, consider discovering the animal park. It houses various species of Pyrenean fauna. Your children will love watching the isards, marmots and brown bears.