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Discover the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

What to see in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Small villages and the Basque coast

If you want to relax in beautiful surroundings, don’t look too far! The neighbouring Basque Country, just an hour away from the campsite in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, will delight you with its wild landscapes bathed in sunshine and the breathtaking mountains of the Pyrenees.

Discover the typical small villages of the Basque coast such as Bidart, Guéthary and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, relax on the beaches and dive into the generous and powerful waves.

Don’t forget the hinterland either, especially five Basque villages that we love, four of which are classified as “Most Beautiful Villages in France”: Ainhoa, Sare, La Bastide-Clairence and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Ready for a walk? 

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Spain at 1 hour from the campsite

  • Ventas

Discover Spain and take advantage of its ventas, border shops between France and Spain, where you will find a wide range of products at attractive prices (meat, alcohol, petrol, tobacco, clothes…). 

Arnéguy à 1h03 – Barrio De Ventas, s/n, 31660 Valcarlos, Navarra, Spain

  • San Sebastian, our favourite! 

San Sebastian is famous for its beaches, its old town and its tapas. Discover its three beaches, stroll through its old town and enjoy the unique Spanish atmosphere!

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Holidays near Lourdes

Discover Lourdes, a town in the Pyrenees that has become one of the largest pilgrimage sites in the world since the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.

On foot, discover an authentic Pyrenean town that has become the 2nd largest hotel town in France after Paris. First of all, visit the sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Continue on your way and pass by the cave of the apparitions. Finally, admire the 3 basilicas: the Immaculate Conception and its magnificent stained glass windows, Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire and its mosaics and the underground basilica of Saint Pius X. An unforgettable visit where emotions and fervour mingle.

If you have the opportunity, take part in the torchlight procession (every evening from April to October). An exceptional moment of sharing.

Cave visits

  • Kakuetta Gorge 

The Kakuetta Gorge is an extraordinary landscape and is renowned throughout Europe. High cliffs, breathtaking views, lush vegetation.

  • Holzarte footbridge 

Located in the commune of Larrau, the Passerelle d’Holzarte is a “moving” bridge suspended over an impressive canyon: guaranteed excitement for young and old alike !

  • Also not to be missed

The caves of Betharram and the caves of Sare are exceptional sites to discover. As well as: the Caves of La Verna. 

THINGS TO DO IN THE PYRÉNÉES-ATLANTIQUES

SAUVETERRE-DE-BÉARN, THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE AND THE THERMAL BATHS OF SALIES-DE-BÉARN

Located 30 minutes from the campsite, take advantage of your stay at the campsite to treat yourself to a wellness getaway at the Salies-de-Béarn thermal baths. Enjoy the medicinal properties of the thermal water of Salies-de-Béarn while relaxing! You can also discover the town: Salies-de-Béarn, the city of salt.

Even closer to the campsite is Sauveterre-de-Béarn, a medieval town with impressive ramparts and defensive sites. Its rich military past has given rise to numerous monuments such as the Pont de la Légende, the Tour Moncade, the church and the arsenal, all on the banks of the Gave d’Oloron and with views of the Pyrenees. Not to be missed under any circumstances!

THE LITTLE TRAIN OF ARTOUSTE

In the heart of the Ossau valley, in the Pyrenees and an hour from Pau, go to the top of the mountains, at an altitude of nearly 2000m with the Artouste little train. It is the highest train in Europe. Discover exceptional panoramas on board the train. On arrival, take a walk along the path to the Artouste lake. You might even see some marmots! 

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petit train artouste

Markets and Béarn gastronomy

Discover the local producers and the richness of our territory: Béarn. 

Discover our markets, some of which offer a sublime view of the Pyrenees.

  • Monday: Monein, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, 
  • Tuesday: Orthez, Salies-de-Béarn (July and August)
  • Wednesday: Navarrenx, Mourenx, Espelette, Peyrehorade
  • Thursday: Salies-de-Béarn,
  • Friday: Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Puyoô (Friday evening from May to September), 
  • Saturday: Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Salies-de-Béarn, Mourenx, Orthez, Espelette, Laruns.
  • Sunday: Navarrenx (mid-May to mid-September).
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Festivals, parties and concerts in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Béarn is a region where people like to celebrate. With a strong culture, like its neighbour the Basque Country, there are parties, festivals, cultural and culinary events throughout the year..

Below is a small overview of the events taking place in the summer:

Throughout the summer:

  • International Guitar Festival in Bearn in the whole department.
  • The summer transhumance, from village to village, the herds join the summer pastures: Not to be missed!

In July

  • Musical Tuesdays: concerts in the magnificent Echos theatre, every Tuesday in Navarrenx.
  • Craft Exhibition: second week of July in Navarrenx
  • Les Fêtes de Monein: concerts, bandas and shows, during 5 days, end of July and beginning of August
  • Fête des Sottises: 3-day street arts festival at the end of the month in Salies-de-Béarn.
  • Les Médiévales: medieval market and activities at the end of the month in Sauveterre-de-Béarn.

In August

  • Musical Tuesdays: concerts in the magnificent Echos theatre, every Tuesday in Navarrenx.
  • The piperadère: the biggest piperade béarnaise competition organised in the middle of the month in Salies-de-Béarn
  • The festival of the espadrille, the emblematic shoe of the Basque Country, in Mauléon in the middle of the month
  • Fêtes de Navarrenx: the second week of August in Navarrenx.
  • Blonde d’Aquitaine Fair: at the end of the month in Sauveterre-de-Béarn

September

  • The salt festival: second week of September in Salies-de-Béarn
  • The Sauveterre festivals: in the middle of the month in Sauveterre-de-Béarn.
Discover the other places around our campsite in Navarrenx