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Activities nearby

The Ossau Valley welcomes you and offers multiple hiking activities, discovery of exceptional natural sites, and heritage of the beautiful Pyrenees National Park!

Hikers, cyclists, fishermen, and lovers of wildlife and flora never tire of so much beauty!

Find several marked mountain trails with downloadable cards in the Hiking section. There is also a topoguide “63 hikes in the Ossau Valley” with all these references (for sale €12 at the Maison du Parc in Laruns and in tourist offices).

A Heritage Application “Ossau Valley” for mobile phones that offers an interpretation route through a network of interpretation panels, reading tables, and orientation tables distributed over 31 sites. You can enjoy 6 heritage trails in the municipalities of Rébénacq, Lys, Arudy, Bielle, Laruns, and Eaux-Bonnes.

All information about the village of Louvie-Juzon and details of activities. Also discover practical information for pilgrims.

Bungee jumping in Arudy
Artouste small train
Gourette ski resort

Le Couvent d’Ossau is 30 minutes from Pau, 20 minutes from Jurançon and Oloron-Sainte-Marie; proximity that allows for cultural and festive visits: museums, castles, exhibitions, shows, and concerts complement a palette of rich and varied activities.

Bearnese gastronomy and local specialties will delight all taste buds. Winter in the Ossau Valley also offers a wide range of activities that the mountains offer under their snowy blanket.

By the fireside, the Couvent d’Ossau offers you a cozy and warm stopover.

Also to discover

  • Thermalism and wellness at the Bains de Secours (Sévignacq-Meyracq)

  • The Artouste Train, the highest in Europe (2000 m above sea level), offers you the original and unique opportunity to access the wonders of nature in the mountains, to discover Lake Artouste, and to enjoy a pastoral landscape…

  • The natural area of Lake Castet is a family-friendly walking site. (Two mountain biking circuits also stop at Lake Castet: the Arudy/Laruns loop and the Lazerque loop.)

  • Bungee jumping (Arudy): This viaduct of moderate height with a clear water hole several meters deep opens bungee jumping to everyone. Optimal safety and guaranteed fun!

    • Mountain activities in the exceptional setting of the Ossau Valley (Zip-lining, Rafting, Canyoning, Spelunking, Snowshoeing, Hiking…)





    • Freshwater fishing: The basin of the Ossau river is made up of 1st category rivers from private domains. The predominant fish is trout (brown or rainbow): 10 catches are allowed per day per fisherman, with a minimum size of 18 cm.

    • The Vulture Cliff (Aste-Béon): A playful and interactive space dedicated to the large raptors of the valley.

    • The mountain lakes of the Ossau Valley: Lake Bious-Artigues, the Ayous lakes, Lake Anglas, Lake Artouste, Lake Aule, Lake Isabe, the Montagnon lakes, Lake Er, Lake Lurien.

    • In winter, the ski resorts of Artouste, Gourette, and La Pierre Saint Martin offer you all the joys of snow sports (skiing, snowboarding) as well as snowshoeing trails.

    NOTE: Mountain guides
    Rémi Thivel

    Rémi Laborde

    Bureau Montagne Vallée d’Ossau

    • Heading towards the Col de Marie Blanque, the Bénou plateau offers a beautiful panorama of the valley and the surrounding mountains. It is the starting point for many hiking, walking, or horseback riding trails.

      It is a major site of pastoralism where one encounters, from spring to autumn, cows, horses, and sheep. (Transhumance begins in early July and returns in late September and October) In winter, this plateau becomes a playground for snow activities: sledding, snowshoeing…

    • Hiking: Topoguides are available at the lodge, and we share our knowledge and experience of hiking in the Ossau Valley.
    • And on the internet, the essential website Topopyrenees.com by Mariano.