If you want to play sports in a group, take advantage of the leisure areas to have fun with your family, visit authentic Béarn villages and stroll through magnificent natural spaces... you will love the Béarn des Gaves! This region of Béarn is known to be very natural and allows you to experience new activities, to fill up with sensations, emotions and memories to share with your family.
Opening photo: The pretty village of Sauveterre-de-Béarn © rysan34 | Adobestock
Béarn is a country shaped by its Gaves (rivers). Whether you are a fan of thrills in the mountain streams or rather quiet relaxation at the edge of a small stream, the Béarn des Gaves is the ideal place to please the whole family.
To discover the Gaves between Navarrenx and Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Rafting 64 offers you several adventure packages and different boats: rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle, big SUP... There is something for all your tastes and your desires. moment! Are you tempted? We tested a sporting holiday in Béarn des Gaves for you.
Rafting 64: Are you interested in a rafting trip on the Gave de Pau? Photo ©Guide of Béarn
If you want to enjoy a calmer natural body of water, in the aquatic leisure centers, you will find games for all ages. A few kilometers from Béarn des Gaves, go to Aqua-Béarn (fr), Oloron-Sainte-Marie or the Orthez-Biron leisure center.
The Pont-Vieux d'Orthez, at its feet the Gave de Pau, Photo ©Philipimage | Adobestock
In Navarrenx, at Experience Béarn, on land or in the trees, you have plenty to let off steam. In their tree climbing park, you will gain height, play sports, while enjoying the freshness of the forest cover and the magnificent view! Courses are suitable for all ages and levels. And for those with a keen heart, take to their big zip line!
If you want to do an unusual, fun and sporting activity, try Bubble Foot (fr). We surround you with a giant transparent bubble and we place you on the ground. No need for a ball, each player is a giant ball! You just have to clash to win the game. You are sure to have a blast with your family...
A zip line over the Gave? Yes, it is possible at Experience Béarn! Photo ©Béarn Experience
Béarn des Gaves conceals little corners of paradise lost in the middle of nature. To find hiking or cycling, consult the site of the tourist office "Béarn des Gaves" which provides circuits around Navarrenx, Salies-de-Béarn or Sauveterre-de-Béarn . If we can only cite one, the pretty village of Salies-de-Béarn has rehabilitated the old railway line in Voie Verte . With its 16 km and its well-distributed access points, it is a beautiful walk that lends itself to walking as well as hiking.
To change your mount, you can also explore the Béarn des Gaves on horseback . In Sauveterre-de-Béarn, the Écuries des Gaves (fr) welcome you to their equestrian center and pony club for lessons, courses or outings, depending on your level.
Go hiking from Sauveterre-de-Béarn. Photo @Guide du Béarn Pyrénées
Salies-de-Béarn, nicknamed the “ green Venice of Béarn ”, is located on the Saley. You will admire a typical heritage around the river: mill, bridge, wash house... It also has a geological curiosity, a source of salt water which allowed it to develop a salt industry and hydrotherapy. Many monuments bear witness to this atypical history and you can make amazing visits there. Read our article on Salies-de-Béarn.
The banks of the Gave at Salies-de-Béarn. Photo: ©Yvann-K | Adobestock
Sauveterre-de-Béarn is a hilltop village overlooking the Gave d'Oloron. Its strategic position was well exploited in the Middle Ages to defend Béarn and medieval remains are still visible in the city. The view over the valley, crossed by the Gave, deserves a few shots.
In the south of Béarn des Gaves, Navarrenx is one of the “ most beautiful villages in France ”. It must be said that its military heritage and its fortifications are exceptional. This bastide of ancient Navarre has a long history to tell you. You will also take a nice walk there where you can admire the city from the top of its ramparts.
We hope to have given you some ideas for family and fun outings. You will surely find others on site because Béarn des Gaves is a land full of surprises.