"All villages have their charm" Laruns Things to Do Tip by kokoryko
Laruns Things to Do: 17 reviews and 76 photos
On the road up the Gave d?Ossau valley, you may go across many small villages located either on the the riverbanks or on the slopes of the hills. I may add more descriptions when I go back and think the make some pictures. . . . Just after Louvie-Juzon, the valley narrows, where the gave carved out his way in the limestone foothills; there are spectacular views of the gave in this little village.
Then, on Km 30, you will see the tower of the Castet castle (Picture 1); a little road going across a bridge allows to visit the village and have a look at the castle.
2 km further, on the right side sit the village of Bilheres (Picture 2), on flank of a moraine hill; there a road goes to the Col de Marie Blanque, a first category pass in the Tour de France race. Two km more and you will see the high cliff above the village of Beon; the cliff is called Falaise aux vautours (Picture 3) (vulture cliff), and you can see these majestic birds circling above the mountains. an information center and a small ecotourism museum is located at the feet of the cliff (http://www.falaise-aux-vautours.com/index.phtml ); in this museum, also displaying local traditional crafts , posters and videos about wildlife, you will see the vultures , their nests their chicks at the right season, thanks to video cameras strategically placed on top of the cliff and around. The people working there know the birds by their name. . .
Then, Aste-Beon, Gere-Belesten, Beost (special mention in next tip) and Assouste (Picture 4) on the right bank. The setting of all these villages is picturesque and I cannot choose which one is the most beautiful.
In all these villages (Picture 5), there is possibility for lodging but reservations have to be made in advance; best is to ask at the Laruns Tourist office (see Laruns tip)
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