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Salies-de-Béarn is a picturesque town with the river Saleys running through it. It is crossed by two bridges Pont d’Andioque and the Pont de la Lune, both of which offer pretty views of the 17th Century timber framed buildings that overhang it.
The salt for which the town is famous is used in the production of such regional specialities as Bayonne ham and Brebis cheese. Its importance is celebrated with an annual Fête du Sel held the 2nd weekend in September. While the square in the heart of the town boasts a salt-water ‘fontaine du sanglier’ in the shape of a boar’s head.
You can also bathe in the thermal spring water and enjoy spa treatments.
Sauveterre-de-Béarn is a pretty medieval town perched above the Gave d'Oloron with stunning views across to the Pyrénées.
It grew in importance as its old bridge was on one of the main routes to Spain, used by pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostella. Stone portions of the drawbridge remain but the wooden section is long gone. However, the 12th Century church and many buildings remain in their original condition.
The importance to the town to the Blonde d’Aquitaine breed of beef cattle is celebrated each year with the Foire de la Blonde d'Aquitaine which is normally held on 3rd Saturday in August. Comprising exhibitions, crafts, a market and vide grenier not to mention plenty to eat and drink.
Navarrenx is a fine example of the bastides found all across the South West of France. This pretty little town, over looking the Gave d’Oloron was awarded prestigious Plus Beau Village status in 2014.
Since the Middle Ages has been a resting place for pilgrims travelling to Saint Jacques de Compostella (Camino de Santiago).
It is home to many artisans, potters and painters not to mention a micro brewery. Navarrenx has a choice of cafes and restaurants and is only a short drive from No 10.
With more than 2000 years of history Oloron Sainte-Marie is the oldest Bearnaise city of importance since Roman times. It is situated where the Gaves Aspe and Ossau merge to become the Gave d’Oloron. Originally two separate towns, Oloron and Sainte-Marie, which were unified in 1858 by the Empress Eugenie.
Today you can explore it following one of the heritage trails and if you buy a ‘wristwatch’ from the Tourist Office, you can listen to brief commentaries at each of the terminals along your chosen route.
In the medieval quartier St Croix, you will find Tour de Grède, dating from the late 12th to early 16th centuries. From the tower tyou will get a 360° panoramic view over the city and its surroundings. In this quartier also is the Maison du Patrimone with its medieval garden and exhibition of the history and traditions of this Béarn town.
Visit the quartier Sainte-Marie and discover the 12th century cathedral at its heart. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of World Heritage Sites of the Routes to Santiago de Compostela in France.
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