The " Heart of Béarn ", land of values and traditions, is discovered through the country villages built of stones and pebbles from the Gave. To the northeast of the department is Vic-Bilh, this ancient region of Gascony, linked to Madiran and Pacherenc, two products of viticulture.
Map of Orthez and the heart of Béarn
Here, the Jurançon vineyards and the Béarn hills offer unique views of the slender peaks of the Pyrenees. A stop is essential in Monein to discover the Church of St Girons, the largest Gothic church in Béarn which houses a framework unique in France in the form of the double hull of an overturned ship. Around the village, facing the Pyrenees, the Jurançon vineyard extends its rows of vines on the summits of the hills. At the bend of a path you will inevitably come across one of these large Béarnese buildings made of pebbles and covered with slates which characterize so well the traditional Béarnais habitat. Blow of heart for the village of Lac Order, located on the Arles way of the ways of Compostelle, whose commandery was founded by Gaston IV the Crusader in the XIIth century. Its Romanesque church is surrounded by a cemetery dotted with discoidal stelae unique in Béarn. You can take the direction of Lucq de Béarn, a typical Bearn village, whose St Vincent church houses a white marble sarcophagus dating from the 4th century. Further north on the heights, Arthez de Béarn is a stage on the Puy route. Winding through the small paths, three chapels illustrate the glorious past of the village, including the Chapelle de Caubin, a former Commandery built by order of Gaston IV in the 12th century. The abbey of Sauvelade, the picon tiles of Maslacq, dovecotes, washhouses...