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Orthez Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 11 photos

Capitale ancienne de Bearn

A picturesque town of around 10,000 people, for two centuries Orthez was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Bearn.

Today the red-rusted TGV chemin de fer dramatically divides the town in two. The 13th century fortified town bridge and pretty town houses stand poignantly counterposed to a modern level crossing!

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  • Pros:Enough good shops, bars and sites of interest to be worth a visit
  • Cons:Off le beaten track, unless you arrive by fast train ;-)
  • Last visit to Orthez: May 2014
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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