Photo 1 above left: The Pic di Midi is famous for its observatory. After an unforgettable journey by cable car from La Mongie one arrives in this celestial city with its restaurant and viewing terraces. On cloudless days Arthez-de-Béarn can be seen 52 miles away to the north-west.

Photo 2 above:: Simply beautiful - the Pyrénées are an area of exceptional natural heritage with no barriers or fences...here the Lac de Gaube at the Pont d'Espagne

Photo 3 above: In the heart of the Pyrénées Lourdes receives more than 5 million visitors from all over the World every year.

Photo 4 above: The English flocked to Pau throughout the 19th Century, bringing their peculiar cultural obsessions - fox hunting, horse racing, polo, croquet, cricket, golf (the 1st 18-hole golf course in continental Europe) tea-rooms and parks.Here is the Chateau of Pau - birthplace of the 16th Century king of France, Henry IV. A must see attraction is the Boulevard des Pyrénées where the view of he mountains through the palm trees surpasses the senses.

Photo 5 above: Orthez is a busy market town on the 'Gave de Pau', with a beatiful old bridge still used today.

Photo 6 above far right: Biarritz is a perfect seaside resort for a day trip from Arthez-de-Béarn. It combines the elegance of a 'belle époque' resort with the distinctive sights and tastes of the Basque region attracting a more discreet line in showbiz stars than St Tropez and Cannes.

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Welcome to Arthez-de-Béarn
The Village that always wears a smile for its visitors