Oloron Sainte Marie is perfectly located as a good starting point for going on a hike in the mountain. Numerous marked pedestrian paths cross valleys and trays and give you the opportunity to fill your lungs with pur air. As a novice or as an expert you will find what you are looking for.
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If you like to mix sport and nature, don’t hesitate and go on the mountain bike paths, that cross the wild pyrenean nature and give you the opportunity to discover the beauties of the surrounding landcape. Go and visit the Aspe, Ossau or Baretous valleys as a novice or as an expert, you are all welcome !
Are you looking for thrills ? The rivers « Gave d’Aspe, Gave d’Ossau and Gave D’oloron » cross our town. These rivers with fresh and clean water, coming down directly from the mountain are perfect for rafting. Sometimes calm and sometimes tumultuous a « Gave » is a river, that shows mother Nature’s strength. Nature lovers will have a field day !
Oloron Sainte Marie is located next to the Pyrenees, less than an hour far from Ski resorts. Skiing, Snowboarding etc… you will easily go to the ski resorts and enjoy the ski areas making a lot of memories. Mountain lovers can also practice cross-country skiing or snowboarding enjoying the mountain in a different way in communion with nature.
Not far from Oloron Sainte Marie you will find fantastic places with beautiful canyons. It will give you the opportunity to enjoy and discover the Pyrenees testing your physical aptitudes. This sport is open to experts but there are a lot of prefessionals, who can open it to novices. Rappelling, waterslides…..perfect thrills !
Talking about the Gave, among nature lovers we don’t forget fishermen, who will find a fantastic environment to do what they love best, teasing trouts and salmons in the Gave’s fresh water. Fly fishing, trolling or cork fishing, there is a place for every method, in large or small rivers.
Mountain lovers, who love to climb over rock faces, can find nearby numerous equipped climbing tracks. For novices or by bad weather, there is a covered and protected climbing area in Oloron for adults and children ! Enjoy !
Oloron Sainte Marie is rich in cultural and architectural heritage on the one side, but this is also a very interesting town, organized regarding its specific terrain. Remarkable historical monuments such as Cathedral Sainte Marie or the modern media centre, or the Gave’s banks or Sainte Croix Church, there are a lot of monuments to discover in order to feel the history and the soul of our town.
There are also a lot of animations in the town , a lot of entertainement for tourists or local people all year round. Oloron is kind of a dynamic town, where culture is being highlighted regularly and where you will find events such as the world championship of Garbure (traditional soup from Béarn), discover of south-american culture etc… you will never be bored !