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Home of the famous French Beret

Ideal base for
The Pyrenean National Park
The Aspe Valley
The Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage route

Ski cross country into Spain!
From 1600m to 1700m
34km cross country ski tracks
9km trails on the Spanish side
25km trails on the French side
Childrens snow garden from 3 to 8 years
Snowshoe tracks on the peaks connecting to Spain

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Piste Map
Lift Pass Tariff

Local traditions
Pelota, the Basque game played in the villages

The Aspe Valley famous for its cheeses

Situated on the western frontier of the Pyrenees National Park is the beautiful Aspe valley, steeped in pastoral traditions where transhumance (the seasonal movement of livestock from the high summer pastures to the lower valleys in winter) still remains a way of life.

Walkers can enjoy a multitude of walks on any of the numerous marked trails in the Pyrenees National Park with its delightful fauna and flora in amongst the huge forests. For cyclists there is the gruelling ascent up to the col du Somport pass at 1632m. In the summer, the windy road climbs over the pass and into Spain on the way to Astun and Candanchu. It has long been an important through route into Spain and a major point on the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage route and offers exceptional views over the surrounding area.

In winter Le Somport-Candanchu is a cross-border, cross country ski area located in the Pyrenean National park traversing from the high Aspe valley to the sunny plateau of the Spanish resort of Candanchu. There are 9 marked trails covering a total distance of 34km upon which to explore the huge forests, contemplate those far-off peaks and discover the immensity and beauty of the Pyrenean National Park. At an altitude of between 1600m to 1700m this is one of the last cross country resorts to close in spring.

At the head of the Aspe valley is the town of Oloron-Ste-Marie synonymous with France as the home of the famous Basque Beret, the typical headgear for generations of Frenchmen. At nearby Nay the Basque museum is dedicated to this most French of accessories. There are two churches well worth visiting in Oloron; Sainte-Croix is one of the oldest Romanesque buildings in Béarn and has a unique interior vaulting while Sainte-Marie cathedral boasts a beautiful Romanesque portal in Pyrenean marble.
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