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Pyrenees French Mountains

Our Guide to the
Local Area

Maison de L'Enfant is in the beautiful town of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, located in southwestern France, near the Pyrenees mountains. The area is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture. Here are some top things to see and do in the Oloron-Sainte-Marie region:

  • Visit the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie: This beautiful Romanesque-Gothic cathedral is one of the most impressive sights in Oloron-Sainte-Marie. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and features stunning stained glass windows, a beautiful cloister, and a unique octagonal tower. For more information, please click here.

  • Explore the Jurançon Wine Region: The Jurançon wine region is famous for its sweet white wines, made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Visitors can explore the vineyards, taste the wines, and learn about the production process. Find the best wineries here

  • Go hiking in the Pyrenees: The Pyrenees mountains are a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Oloron-Sainte-Marie region offers a range of hiking trails, from easy walks to more challenging climbs. 

  • Visit the Maison du Patrimoine: This museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the Oloron-Sainte-Marie region. It features exhibitions on local crafts, traditional music, and the history of the town.

  • Take a day trip to Pau: The nearby city of Pau is home to a beautiful castle, the Château de Pau, as well as a range of museums, parks, and restaurants. To discover more about this city, click here

  • Attend the Fêtes de la Madeleine: This annual festival, held in July, is one of the biggest events in Oloron-Sainte-Marie. It features a range of traditional Basque and Béarnaise activities, including bullfighting, music, and dance. Learn more about this exciting festival, click here.

  • Visit the Musée du Chocolat: This museum is dedicated to the history of chocolate and its production in the Oloron-Sainte-Marie region. Visitors can learn about the different types of chocolate, taste the local specialties, and watch demonstrations of chocolate-making.

  • Go fishing in the Gave d'Oloron: The Gave d'Oloron is a beautiful river that runs through the Oloron-Sainte-Marie region. It is home to a range of fish species, including trout, salmon, and pike, making it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts.

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