Laruns Travel Guide

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  • Laruns
    by kokoryko
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Laruns Things to Do

  • Café at Gourette ski resort before the...

    Leaving les Eaux Bonnes the road gets steeper and steeper and goes through dense woods (Picture1).; the view sometimes opens and you see the next stop , far above a car parking (Picture2).; this parking is for the cars of people who go skiing for one day in Gourette; generally, if you go for one day you have to park there and buses take you up to...

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  • The Col d’Aubisque.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaah, finally, we are on top; I forgot to take a picture of the café on the pass; there is a parking, a café, place for four-wheeled people to have a rest too, because driving up in the curves might not be totally relaxing!Anyway, I could enjoy the view towards East, on the Arrens valley and see the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (Picture 2),...

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  • Higher

    Pedalling slowly uphill you have plenty of time to look at flowers, here a yellow Tussilage (Tussilago Farfara, bull’s foot) (Picture 1), very tiny and elegant; amateur botanists or simply flower lovers can find lots of flowers in the Pyrenees, and a special field book is necessary for many of the endemic flowers (Tussilago is of course very...

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  • Les Eaux Bonnes

    Aaaaaaah, finally, I arrive at the small thermal resort of Les Eaux Bonnes (the good waters).This is a tiny village (450 permanent residents) which displays a typical 19th century resort architecture; a wide central square with high buildings around and a bit further big villas and of course the casino.Two springs are used nowadays; one the old...

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  • Before the serious climb begins

    Before the serious climb begins, better to have a rest in Laruns.This is the main village of the upper Ossau Valley; the general view on picture 1 shows it is where the real mountain begins; it is at the junction of several creeks which merge as the “Gave d’Ossau”. it is a small resort, winter and summer and this village has kept a very rural...

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  • A nice small village: Béost

    On the moraine hill on the right (East) bank of the gave, is this little village which kept buildings from the 16th century, and parts of the church are from the 12th century. The church contains a remarkable altar piece, but it is generally closed, and I could not make a picture, but the angel sculptures on marble on the arch of the entrance door...

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  • All villages have their charm

    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...

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  • View on the valley

    From Sevignac-Meyrac, with fine weather, you have a nice view over the upper Ossau valley. Picture1. was taken in May and Picture2. was taken in October. At the back you can see the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, “this terrible monster” (Victor Hugo, free translation) watching tower over the valley. To go to the Col d’Aubisque, you will have to turn left...

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  • Sainte Colome

    This is a tiny typical béarnaise village, with stone houses, narrow streets, small gardens. . . As it is on a hill the houses built on the slope have often a porch, with the street going under the porch (Picture2). Of course, like in most villages, there is a church; there was one already in the 12th century, but the building we see now has been...

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  • Sevignacq-Meyraq

    This village on km 21 is located on a small path from where you have a broad view over the Ossau valley to the south. The road sign still tell you are 33 km from the col d’Aubisque. . .For a short visit, you can park your bike (your car) on a little parking place just left (looking south) at the circulation lights; then, go down the small street to...

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  • Rebennacq

    Rebennacq village, like Gan traversed previously, is also a bastide which has been built in the 12th century. Small houses with porches and arcades, and the chuch may be worth a stop.The church was open when I was here last time (oct2006) and it is possible to visit the church during day time.It is a quite recent religious building (1869) and its...

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  • The road near Rebennacq

    If you want to bike in the area (not only “my” tour), you must be aware the road conditions are very changing. There are wide roads with tracks for cyclists like on Picture2, but on other places the road is narrow and the car drivers do not really take care of cyclists; I even experienced a car which prevented me from overtaking when going...

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  • Eglise St Jean

    This church has a typical clock tower for the Bearn area, with the clock case fixed above the onion shaped roof. At the entrance of the church is a mosaic, part of a memorial for the victims and heroes of WWI displaying the symbols of Gan (picture 2): the bearnese cows and the gloves (gan(t) means clove in French).The wooden ceiling makes me...

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  • Spend some time to visit the village of...

    Spend some time to visit the village of Gan, a bastide, typical south western France villageAh, what is a bastide: it is a “settlement” where houses are built around a square place; the houses have generally arches on the basement floor where the shopkeepers can display their goods; on the external side of the village there are often defensive...

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  • The Cave cooperative

    Cave cooperatives can be literally translated into cooperative cellar; the small grape producers bring their grapes to the cooperative where they are weighted, tested, etc, and transformed into wine; the producer is either paid with money or gets his wine and the cooperative sells on his behalf, but most of wines have the label cave cooperative.The...

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    by kokoryko Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Grrr not easy to post readable maps!!
    Well, this map shows the Ossau Valley and the routes I took up and down. Some of my descriptions come from other bike tours.

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