What to do in Bearn?

You want to spend your next holiday in Bearn and are looking for ideas for visits? Then follow the guide!

Nestled in the heart of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, on the Spanish border, Béarn dazzles tourists with its mountainous landscapes, its green plains and its corners of preserved nature. A magnificent French province, Béarn is home to many natural treasures as well as many cultural and heritage treasures. A stay in Béarn offers you a well-deserved break, both rejuvenating and unfiltered. Follow the guide and discover the riches of Béarn!

The must-see towns of Béarn

Between Occitania and the Basque Country, Béarn is home to magnificent natural and shimmering corners, but also charming towns that are as picturesque as they are traditional. 

A land of character, Béarn has a medieval charm. The Béarn Pyrenees are home to the towns of Pau, Monein, Orthez, Sauveterre-de-Béarn and Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Nestled in the heart of the Jurançon vineyards, the towns of Béarn retrace the history of the region through numerous monuments, such as churches, castles, museums, bridges... Visiting the towns of Béarn will take you back in time through different eras!

The most beautiful villages of Béarn

The thousand-year-old history of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques is revealed through the architecture of its small villages. Scattered in the valleys, in the middle of nature, in the foothills of the mountains, the villages of Béarn seduce visitors in search of authentic landscapes.

Among the most beautiful villages of Béarn, we can mention Navarrenx and its old bastioned city, Salies-de-Béarn and its famous fountain of the wild boar or Lescun, located in the middle of a cirque. 

Outdoor activities

A vast playground for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts, Béarn offers an exceptional setting conducive to adventure, adrenaline and thrills. 

With your family, your partner or your friends, Béarn offers a plethora of outdoor activities! Hiking or cycling allows you to discover the magnificent Pyrenean landscapes. Take a deep breath of fresh air, breathe and feel more alive than ever in front of the immensity of nature! If you prefer to take to the skies, opt for an aerial activity, such as paragliding or helicopter flying, and enjoy a unique and breathtaking experience. In Béarn, you can also launch yourself into the void by bungee jumping or marvel at the incredible landscapes of the Occitan region during a climbing or via ferrata course. 

For all tastes and ages, the outdoor activities offered in Bearn allow you to explore the surroundings in a fun way.

Water activities

At the crossroads of the countryside and the mountains, Béarn also offers magnificent swimming spots. Béarn is full of lakes, rivers and ponds. These waterways are very popular with water sports enthusiasts and are perfect for paddling, rafting, kayaking, canyoning and canoeing. Thrill-seekers will be delighted to discover these little corners of paradise that are a complete change of scenery. 

With friends or family, in summer or winter, your sporting holiday in the Bearn will allow you to reconnect with yourself! What are you waiting for to experience this authentic moment?  

Guided tours

To discover the culture and heritage of Béarn, there is nothing better than a guided tour! The region is home to many points of interest and there are plenty of guided tours that the whole family can enjoy. Here are some of the possible activities: 

  • the Chapel of Caubin d'Arthez-de-Béarn ;
  • the Castle and the Bastide of Bellocq;
  • the village of Lucq-de-Béarn;
  • the vineyards of Monein;
  • the medieval town of Orthez;
  • the sung visit of the village of Laruns...

Béarn gastronomy

Visiting a place also means discovering its gastronomy! Famous for its gourmet and tasty cuisine, Béarn is known for its generous and convivial dishes. If you visit Béarn, be sure to try the following dishes: 

  • the hen in the pot ;
  • pigeons;
  • Roussanne peach;
  • jambon de Pays (local ham)
  • Jurançon wine;
  • foie gras ;
  • d'Artagnan's hat...

So, what are you waiting for to visit Béarn?