Orthez Things to Do
This is a nice ruins of a castle with a nice remaining tower right in city center Orthez. It has great history of two brothers that were given a story to chose two viscount that for not following their allegiance were killed, and went as far as moncade near Barcelona,where they try to choose another, both candidates again one had the hand closed...more
Jeanne d'Albret had many houses in the region this is one of them, that has been turn into a museum. It is a beautiful mansion of the 16C, given by Arnaud de Gachissans to the king Antoine de Bourbon and Jeanne d’Albret,mother of future king Henri IV. In addition in the first floor is the tourist office of Orthez, and the second/third floors is the...more
The Pont Vieux is a symbol of Orthez, seen on all the postcards and local guidebooks. It dates back to the 13th century and originally had two towers. It was the scene of two bloody battles, most recently in Napoleonic times. The bridge proved very difficult to cross, which is not surprising considering it crosses high over the rocky Gave de...more
Théatre d'Orthez: theater and concerts at Orthez
This is nightlife at Orthez, you have the theater and the concert hall La Moutéte.
city page for the theater is here in French, where the official name is Théâtre Francis-Planté
the La Moutéte is for exhibitions, concerts, and fairs in town on what used to be the covered market now its held outside from there to the place St Pierre.
Dress Code: nice for the evenings and casual for the matinée shows for the theater
for the concerts and fairs come as you are.Related to:
- Theater Travel
How to come in and out ,Orthez
The best way to see it and come over with all the sights is by car. The fine autoroute A64 passes just outside the town,on exit 8 from Biarritz to Pau, and onwards to Tarbes St Gaudens and Toulouse. The D817 is wonderful going thru towns and cutting right into city center Orthez, and off Bordeaux by Langon you take the A65 down to Pau and then A64 to Orthez. From Paris A10 to Bordeaux and A63 to Bayonne and then A64 to Orthez .
parking by the theater, museum or covered market.
by train TGV Orthez connection by bus on line 809 from Salies/Sauveterre Orthez - Saint Palais or taxi , and line 826 from Navarrenx Orthez - Navarrenx (reservation needed) or taxi
contact for bus here
and itineraries here on the dept site
airport at Biarritz
both at about 45 minutes
Tél. +33 (0) 5 59 66 02 50 or mob +33 (0) 6 08 82 93 83
TAXI DES GAVES
GURS - Navarrenx
Tél. 05 59 66 51 87 or mob. 06 13 92 15 03
TAXI BUSQUET ISABELLE
Tél. 05 59 69 34 78 or 06 75 49 32 87
Tél. 05 59 65 06 76Related to:
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Orthez Local Customs
The all-night Orthez Festival
At the end of July each year Orthez barricades its roads for a noisy and popular street festival. Similar fetes happen all over the area during the summer. It is customary to wear white and red, particularly a white shirt and a red scarf.
People from all ages enjoy the entertainment and the atmosphere is loud but friendly. The squares become filled with modern fairground rides. Some of them swing within a few feet of the church walls! The bars and hotels sell beer in the street. At night there is house parties, music, bands, pyrotechic displays, raves and discos. This continues till sunrise!!
Orthez Bullring becomes the location for traditional bullfights and (less brutal) courses landaise.Related to:
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Orthez Off The Beaten Path
built in the 13C to 15C allows to link the outskirts of the city with the city center of Orthez. This bridge survived two radical events in the cityAugust 1569,the huguenots of Montgommery,and February 1814,those of the duke of Wellington chasing the last troops of Napoléon in retreat.it is by the rue du Pont Vieux.The bridge is 46 meters long over...more
the Church not sure how it was built over the years. We know it is from the 14C to 15C.The town was the site of the viscount of Béarn and this led to start the construction of the Church in the 13C. On August 15, 1569 the forces led by the count of Montgomery takes the town and massacre the inhabitants as well as confiscates the Church.In 1865,the...more
2 Hotels in Orthez
Monument to Resistance Fighters
Favorite thing: Orthez was occupied by the Nazi's during World War II. There is a rather scary and forboding monument in memory of the local resistance fighters. For some reason it is directly opposite Orthez General Hospital, bones protruding with arms outstretched to the sky!!
A local woman in her 70's recalls how, as a teenager, she bicycled everyday to the town of Salies to deliver secret messages hidden in bread. She also remembers the Nazi's hanging resistance fighters from the ancient fortified bridge over the gave! There was a concentration camp a short distance from Orthez.
Ignore the fact this tip may be headed by VT 'Favorite Thing'. I would describe it as a 'memorable thing' of Orthez, it is hardly a favorite tale!
Location: rue Xavier DargetRelated to:
- Historical Travel
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