Family holidays in the North of Béarn, so much to discover!

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Get off the beaten track and for holidays or family excursions , treat yourself to a breath of fresh air , culture and gluttony , against the backdrop of sumptuous landscapes ... The North Béarn is a gem to visit at your own pace, quietly, far away from the crowd and the commotion. There is however a lot of wealth to discover there , heritage , craftsmen and producers , castles , lakes , hiking and of course, vineyards … You are in the territory of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh ! Read our article to learn more about this region which deserves our full attention, for a beautiful stay in perspective .

Photos of the article: © Office du Tourisme du Nord Béarn + additional information under photo if necessary.


Morlanne North Béarn
Family walk in Morlanne Photo © Pascal Laurent

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A stay in the North of Béarn? A very good idea !

Béarn is part of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department , it shares the limelight with the Basque Country . In the North Béarn, you are therefore ideally located , to come easily , to take advantage of a really attractive region and still relatively unknown to give you the impression of being the first to discover its delicacies! Do you fancy a daily getaway? Within an hour's radius, we find the sea , the mountains and the city . But will you even want to go elsewhere? In North Béarn , tourism is dynamic , we put on the environment naturally so generous that it fills with happiness the amateurs of hikes , the photographers who like the lights exposing the undulations of the vineyard hills… Take the telephoto lens because in the distance , the Pyrenees range offers a scandalously sublime background!


Map of North Béarn Map of the North Béarn Territory


To organize your holidays in North Béarn , it's easy. We recommend that you contact the Syndicat du Tourisme Nord Béarn , which offers a range of holiday accommodation for all budgets and all comfort needs. This natural region and its colorful and abundant countryside, it is the ideal place to rent a cottage with a beautiful swimming pool which will be your cozy cocoon ... There are also guest rooms , which are perfect for those who like to get to know each other. with the locals. Hotels for peaceful nights with quality service, campsites and camping areas because to travel independently and unusual accommodations (yurts, tree houses, trailers) for an original holiday and that housing is part also wonder. Treat yourself to relax after a nice busy day, because here there are plenty of things to do! Can we find out together?


Arzacq North Béarn
The beautiful arcades of the small bastide of Arzacq Photo © Syndicat tourisme Nord Béarn
Conchez North Béarn
The pretty traditional houses of Conchez Photo @ Guide Bearn Pyrénées

Play sports and enjoy nature

That's what you come for: landscapes , nature , sport exploration and walking in magical places ! North Béarn is the region for hiking lovers (link in french) . Bring your shoes and trekking poles, there are circuits for all levels and all tastes, on 550 km of marked trails . They highlight the unusual points of view , the small heritage at the bend of a path, the exceptional villages ... And as we know that it is not always easy to convince the children to leave for a day of walking , fun and educational circuits are offered in North Béarn, through Tèrra Aventura (in Morlanne and Lembeye) (link in french) . Do you know the principle? Equipped with a Smartphone, you walk on a great geocaching treasure hunt , while learning about history, heritage or the landscape. Children love it and they can collect Poïz , little characters who crown the success of their hike! And all this is free ! There are also Randoland circuits in the houses of Arzacq-Arraziguet and Garlin, is the principle of a treasure hunt, fun for the kids and adults. The advantage of these activities is that they are available all year round. Did you enjoy the treasure hunt? Investigate further and treat yourself to a unique moment of play in an outdoor Escape Game in complete autonomy in Arzacq !


A good idea It's unique in the department… The drawing hike (link in french)! Do you like (or would like) to walk and stop here and there to sketch the landscapes or the built heritage? Get started, it's vacation, it's the right time and the perfect place and it's very close to the starting points for hikes!


Hiking North Béarn

Hiking North Béarn Terra Aventura North Béarn

Rando drawing desk in Buros & Tèrra Aventura - a lucky little one with all his Poïz Photos © M_Turin-CRTNA-Terra_Aventura-5031 and Syndicat tourisme Nord Béarn


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Visit castles, learn while having fun

Travel back in time to the Château de Morlanne (link in french), it dates from the 14th century and is a real medieval fortress , built by Gaston Fébus for his half-brother ! Completely restored , it is in the heart of the pretty flowered village of Morlanne : a daytime escape that will appeal to young and old alike. The visit of the castle includes the discovery of the park , a museographic space and the possibility of making 2 new attractive routes: a sound route , to be discovered thanks to an application to learn more about the medieval past of the place and its creator Gaston Fébus . A digital course with puzzles to solve to immerse yourself in history while having fun. Courses suitable for all ages!

In the Madiran vineyard , the Château de Crouseilles has developed a lovely educational route , with sculptures that decorate the surroundings of the vineyard. It is a beautiful walk of the "7 Folies" , which completes the discovery of wine, the Pyrenees and the local heritage, through the landscapes of Madiran . Discover " the treble clef ", " the eye organ " or even "the builder " and have fun building cairns (stones) to find the perfect balance!

The curious are not left out, since the territory of North Béarn offers several small museums (link in french), accessible to all and rich in beautiful collections ! You learn about it from enthusiasts who will know how to pass on their love of their region to you … Meet at the Gallo-Roman Museum of Claracq , at the same place where a large-scale domus (a Gallo-Roman villa) stood. , country palace from the 4th century. Everything will be told to you in detail thanks to a reconstruction in synthetic images and you will visit in preview the new extension of the museum. And for the youngest, educational workshops are organized.

The Château de Morlanne Nord Béarn

Morlanne Castle Photo © Adeline Mouly

Crouseilles Castle
The 7 Folies at Château de Crouseilles Photo © Michel Carossio
The Gallo Roman Museum North Béarn
The Gallo-Roman Museum Photo © Gallo-Roman Museum Claracq

We move and have fun in the North Béarn!

Can't we keep still? What if we took a day to please the children and go for a walk and have fun ? Do you want to discover the joys of boating and navigation ? See you at the superb Lac du Gabas (link in french)! Here, we do Paddle , sail and Wingfoil, in groups or individually. From the banks, we can even see the chain of the Pyrenees looming in the distance. Take the opportunity to book a course at the Nautical Club .


A good idea 4 hectares of corn labyrinth (link in french) dotted with wooden games, anyone? It's a one- of-a-kind and fun activity! You have to wait until the corn has grown in the fields, in the middle of summer. It seems that in the night version on Saturday evenings, by the light of a headlamp, it's great ...


The O'd'Espoey Leisure Center also offers many activities for all ages: Karting , adventure golf (18 holes and from 3 years old!) And an area for outdoor Laser Games on 3000m2. (from 6 years old).

In Serres-Castet , it's party time at AcroJungle … Outside or inside, choose your space and off to a park of very fun outdoor games. Inflatable games area , little train , rides and slides , enough to let off steam all day, between two visits.

Gabas Lake North Béarn

Gabas Lake North Béarn Gabas Lake North Béarn
Gabas Lake; Photos © Syndicat tourisme Nord Béarn
Pop Corn Labyrithe
Pop Corn Maze; Photo © Pop Corn Labyrinth
AcroJungle North Béarn AcroJungle North Béarn
AcroJungle, the park for children and adults! Photo © AcroJungle
O’d’Espoey Leisure Center
The O'd'Espoey leisure center Photos © Syndicat tourisme Nord Béarn

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Authentic and preserved landscapes

The North Béarn benefits from unspoiled nature , you understood it, here are some ideas for getaways to enjoy it, take beautiful photos , a little walk or a picnic at the end of the day with the rays of the sun playing hide and seek… Take a stroll around Lake Aydie in Madiran: a 6 hectare paradise in the middle of vineyards. You can go fishing or just walk around to enjoy the green of the vines which highlights the blue of the sky ...

Explore the local flora and fauna by following the Vallon du Manas educational trail (link in french), where you will encounter typical habitats of the region: dry lawns and damp moorland . The observation platform allows you to stay on the lookout for the fifty or so species of birds that inhabit this mosaic of habitats.

Finally, nothing beats visiting the towns and villages (link in french)of the region to be amazed! Do not stop there just to shop, but linger on the terraces of cafes and restaurants , dive into the alleys , stroll in the shops , meet the inhabitants , who are also a real wealth of North Béarn !

Manas Valley Manas Valley
Le Vallon du Manas Photos © Syndicat tourisme Nord Béarn
Aydia lake
Lake Aydie Photos © Guide Béarn Pyrénées


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