10 Things to Do in Bearn That You Shouldn't Miss

August 11, 2017 Lean Nau

Béarn (French pronunciation: ​[be.aʁn]; Gascon: Bearn or Biarn; Basque: Bearno or Biarno; Latin: Benearnia, Bearnia) is one of the traditional provinces of France, located in the Pyrenees mountains and in the plain at their feet, in southwest France. Along with the three Basque provinces of Soule, Lower Navarre, and Labourd, the principality of Bidache, as well as small parts of Gascony, it forms in the southwest the current département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64). The capitals of Béarn were Beneharnum (until 841), Morlaàs (from ca. 1100), Orthez (from the second half of the 13th century), then Pau (beginning in the mid-15th century).
Restaurants in Bearn

1. Gaia Aventure

27 Avenue d Espagne, 64400 Bidos, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France
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5 based on 123 reviews

Gaia Aventure

Reviewed By JackTG123 - Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Great time kayaking down the Ossau and jumping from bridge. Experienced guide gave us the video free but kayaking alone was well worth the money. Lots of fun. Would recommend to everyone whatever age.Thanks for your writing your feelings ; Ossau River is one of most beautifull trip in the area. Videosare always offered after trip. See you soon!

2. Grotte de Massabielle

65100, Lourdes, France +33 5 62 42 77 40
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5 based on 805 reviews

Grotte de Massabielle

Reviewed By Westgalady - Decatur, Georgia

Read the history before you go. If you are religious this can be a good stop if you area in the area. I am not religious and this seemed more of a commercial place rather than a place to practice your religion.

3. Adventure Rooms Pau

59 route de Tarbes, 64320 Idron, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France +33 5 59 40 69 19
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5 based on 276 reviews

Adventure Rooms Pau

Reviewed By Arizona64320 - Idron, France

Un superbe accueil dans cet endroit insolite... Enigmes bien menées dans un cadre aux décors diversifiés... notre premier adventure trip, vraiment très divertissant et extrêmement addictif ! On recommande... l'équipe est adorable.

4. Boulevard des Pyrenees

Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
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4.5 based on 769 reviews

Boulevard des Pyrenees

Reviewed By Arnaud P

"Pau has the most beautiful land view in the same way that Naples has the most beautiful sea view" (« Pau est la plus belle vue de terre comme Naples est la plus belle vue de mer »).
Enough said.
You have to be here and feel that you are part of history.

5. Le Train d'Artouste

Fabrèges, 64440 Laruns, France
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4.5 based on 556 reviews

Le Train d'Artouste

Le Petit train d'Artouste is the highest train of Europe! Enjoy a ride in the beautiful montains of Pyrénées. Departure in front of the famous Pic du Midi d'Ossau. There are many walks to do all around. Full excursion Lake destination. Meeting sheepfold.

Reviewed By Whistleman2 - Wales

We did the trip yesterday, taking advantage of the perfect weather (warm, cloudless, light wind). Although it's low season, it was extremely busy such that purchase of our tickets at 11am got us seats only on the 14.00 train. As it was such a nice day, we were happy to wander along an abandoned railway line from the top cable car station to what appears to be the former train station. We sat a while watching griffon vultures and Alpine choughs which flew quite close at times.
The train trip is superb, with awesome scenery the whole way. At the terminus there is little to do apart from walking up to the Reservoir and across the dam. As nearly everyone does this and 2 trains arrive at the same time, it's tedious climbing up the rocky path, getting stuck behind slow-moving elderly people. Nice views at the top, however.
There was a huge queue for the return trains when we returned to the station 20 minutes before the departure time (16.15). We got on a train leaving at that time but a lot of people didn't. Not sure if they then had to wait till the scheduled next and final departures at 17.15 or if intermediate ones run when it's so busy.
It was a really enjoyable trip though it's perhaps not for the faint-hearted as there are sheer drops along much of the railway line.
No idea how they can claim it's the highest railway line in Europe at about only 2000m! The Jungfrau station in Switzerland is at 3454m and even Kleine Scheidegg station is at 2061m.

6. Zoo d'asson

6 Chemin de Brouquet, 64800 Asson, France +33 5 59 71 03 34
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Zoo d'asson

Reviewed By Jodi A - Creon-d'Armagnac, France

I usually don't like zoo's...it's sad to see the animals penned up in little cages and pacing back and forth-not here. The place has a family run, cozy feel, like the people really care, the grounds are well kept and clean and the animals look truly happy. Alot of the animals are running free (just enter a gated area) like the kangaroos, wallabies, some little deer\bunny things, and of course the peacocks, whom I got to feed by hand! Others have large natural open areas, and all look very healthy. The monkeys are really cute, and know how to give a show! I hear they are about to open a new area for the humans to walk freely in the area of the Lemur monkeys. So far it looks well done, and I look forward to coming back to experience the new attraction, and re-visit all the others. PS-Plan to be at the zoo at feeding time (around 5pm) that is when the excitement begins!


The zoo is located just outside of Pau, in Asson.

7. Jardin Massey

Rue Massey, 65000 Tarbes, France +33 6 62 72 46 67
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4.5 based on 424 reviews

Jardin Massey

Reviewed By Nigel C - Houston, Texas

A real gem in the heart of the town. Pretty peacocks that will display their colors for you, a gentle stroll through the pathways will yield interesting trees from all over North Africa and the Middle East. Interesting sculptures and plant life

8. Grottes de Betharram

Ld les Grottes de Betharram, 65270 Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre, France +33 5 62 41 80 04
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4 based on 670 reviews

Grottes de Betharram

Reviewed By Bluebellplasnewydd - Cardiff, United Kingdom

There is no doubt that the caves are amazing with huge chambers lit sympathetically with ability to touch the limestone. You descend down 200 or so steps on your journey and at times need to watch your head but also the slightly damp footing. The walkways are generally secure however. It may not be suitable for the old or those with walking difficulties. It is not a short walk and can be cool so wrap up. Visitors with claustrophobia will not enjoy it as at times there is a long walk through a narrow fault line which makes you wonder what would happen if it moved again. The boat trip is only just over 100 yards and although a feature of advertising don't get excited about it - although children might. Finally there is a long train ride through narrow tunnels which is quite exciting. The guide was helpful but had to deal with 3 languages at once. Also sometimes there were 2 guides speaking to different groups at once which made it difficult to follow. The immense caves speak for themselves but there is an attempt to characterise the rocks into people or buildings which is really not needed. We visited on a quiet day but I suspect that at times there can be quite a wait to enter the caves. You will need to leave 1.5 hours for the time in the caves and on coming out there is the usual large trinket shop. We booked a trip at a kiosk in Lourdes at the entrance to the Sanctuary and the bus stops outside the hotels on the river. The cost was about €22 each allowing for a group discount. Journey time is about 30 minutes and worthwhile as it is through beautiful countryside which is a pleasant break from the bustle of Lourdes. The only problem we has was that there was a 40 minute wait for the bus to return so allow plenty of time. The toilets were described as disgusting and some of our party refused to use them. However overall this is a trip well worth taking.

9. Experience Canyon

51, bis boulevard Charles de Gaulle | Chez Altitude64, 64140 Billere, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
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Experience Canyon

Occupational Structure Training and Canyon guide (Pyrenees, France, Europe and International).Mountain activities and whitewater / Adventure / Training.Centre ICOpro Labeled structure ICOpro.

Reviewed By Mike G - Johannesburg, South Africa

Laurent Poublan of Pau is an excellent canyon guide; a masterful rigger; and dynamic individual.
I went canyoning with Laurent and his team as a day trip out of Pau and the entire experience was fantastic. Laurent organised all the transport and access as well as perfect training. Inside the canyon he was in his element and clearly controlled the entire process.
The equipment was perfect and the safety absolute.
A definite must do experience if you are in this part of the world.

10. Cave de Gan - Jurancon

53 avenue Henri IV, 64290 Gan, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Cave de Gan - Jurancon

First Touristic site in Bearn, La Cave de Gan Jurancon is please to welcome you for free all year long for a nice moment around Jurancon and Bearn Wines. During your visit, discover the backstage of our wines vinification starting from the Harvest reception dock to our wonderful Ageing cellar (and its galo-roman mosaics from the 4th century) where are stocked 400 000 bottles. To end this beautiful tour, you'll enjoy a free tasting of our wines paired with local products.

Reviewed By AlanBrice - Newcastle upon tyne, uk

We've been here before and delight in buying their local wine and supporting the area's economy. This area is well known for its sweet white wines but it also does very nice reds, whites, and rosés. Very pleasant staff and they gave us a half bottle as a gift to add to the wine we bought.

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