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I guess you could say Athez-de-Béarn is on the 'beaten track' because it lies on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago-de-Compostella. Arthez is a 5km detour north from the RN117, between Pau and Orthez. It is très agréeable and stretched 2km along a high ridge, overlooking the Pyrenees Mountains (when they are visible).

The village has an attractive main street. You can sit in front of the church and watch the sun set over the Pyrenees. There is also a tableau pointing out what you can see from here.

Arthez has a complete set of busy shops and businesses - a baker, post office, cafe and bar, supermarket, clothes shops, a butcher... an estate agents, driving school, hairdressers, barbers, dentist, doctor etc. etc.

The centre of the village's activity is the Cafe des Sports on the main Sqaure, where you can get a good cup of coffee, beers and croissants. Good cheap meals can be obtained in the pleasant cafe/bar opposite. There is a cheap and cheerful 'Gite Communale' on Rue la Carrere.

At the far east end of the village is the ancient Chappelle de Caubin, built by the Knights of Malta.

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  • Updated Aug 10, 2006
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