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Pays de Nay

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The Pays de Nay extends from Lestelle de Betharram to Arthez d'Asson. This sector, rich in its local heritage, offers its visitors various walks that are both historical, gastronomic and artisanal.

Map of Pays de Nay

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Located halfway between Pau and Lourdes , Nay is a country house founded in 1302 by the Viscountess of Béarn Marguerite de Moncade. The bastides mainly have a commercial and commercial vocation, based on the sale of regional products and the promotion of local crafts. Its market, founded by Gaston Phébus, still exists and the trades are very diversified. Several spinning mills have set up, including the one that makes the famous Béarn beret. Visitors strolling through the streets of Nay, will cross the centuries thanks to its traditional Béarnaise architecture inherited from the Middle Ages and from the workers' settlement at the end of the 19th century. At the foot of the Pyrenees, on the banks of the Gave de Pau, the setting is ideal for nature lovers who wish to recharge their batteries.

The Gave de Nay
The verdant Pays de Nay

The bastide of Lestelle-betharram

Only 20 km from Pau, it is an old country house, which has preserved a very beautiful architectural heritage. People also come there on pilgrimage, because it is a place where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is notorious, she having saved a young girl from drowning in the Gave de Pau. Admire the listed Saint Jean-Baptiste church. The chapel of Betharram which contains classified and precious religious objects. Do not hesitate to go inside to observe its magnificent sculptures and paintings representative of this Gothic art from Bearn.
Dive into the depths of the earth, discovering the superb Bétharram Caves, which straddle two departments, it's fun because you enter the Atlantic Pyrenees and come out in the Hautes Pyrénées! Sacred trip...
Discover the Museum of the Congregation of the Fathers of Betharram, which houses a collection of crafts, ancient coins and religious artefacts.
Lestelle-Bétharram is rich in sporting activities. As a family, as a couple or with friends, enjoy the mountain hiking trails, discover the pleasures of whitewater fishing and relax, while having fun, at the Saillet leisure center. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees, this leisure center, which also acts as a campsite, offers several sports activities such as rafting and canoeing descents. Ohlala Eaux Vives offers paddles, buoys and hydrospeeds to entertain you while admiring the Pyrenees.

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Lestelle Betharram
Lestelle Bétharram Photo @ Flo641 CC BY SA 4.0
The Caves of Betharram   The Caves of Betharram
The Bétharram caves, a gem to discover, well hidden underground. Photo: @ Sheet of the Caves of Bétharram

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Made in Béarn, and yes! The Basque beret was once knitted by the shepherds themselves, before being made in the factories of Oloron from 1800, then of Nay, which now has a Beret museum, unique in the world, very interesting in to visit. You will discover the history and the making of this headgear which will no longer hold any secrets for you. Nowadays, the Basque beret is exported far beyond our borders.

The country of Nay also hosts one of the last workshops for making cowbells. Maison Daban works with sheet metal to make bells that will be used by the herds of the Pyrenees. Real musical instruments for cattle, their creation requires a unique know-how which is presented to visitors with the help of videos and guided tours of the workshops. Maison Daban is an excellent testimony to the durability of traditional Béarn know-how which spans several generations.

Sonailles Daban
Sonailles daban   Sonailles daban
Maison Daban manufactures cowbells in an artisanal way. Photo @ Maison Daban fact sheet


The country of Nay is also highlighted by its terroir and its gastronomy. These specialties are promoted thanks to many producers, restaurateurs and markets who exhibit their products in order to seduce your senses. Several regional labeled companies are opening their doors to the public to share their passion for the art of eating well in Béarn.

Cheeses, cold meats, honey, preserves, local products are sold directly on the farm or are found on market stalls.
Visits to the goat farm are offered allowing everyone to understand the operating chain of cheese making, from milking to maturing. Your trip ends with a tasting of several of these products. Other sites, such as the Rucher du Mourle honey factory, welcome visitors to present their trades and their productions in order to show the wide range of products offered by the Pays de Nay.

Local products are delicious... And cheese, do you like it? Read our article on Béarn cheeses, to taste during your stay!

The Pays de Nay markets
The markets of Pays de Nay

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The Pays de Nay offers a wide choice of activities and leisure activities. Thus, we invite you to discover the Maison Carrée located in the heart of the bastide of Nay. This 16th century building, listed as a Historic Monument, houses the Industry Museum.

Its typical architecture of mansions in the Italian Renaissance style makes this house a must-see in Nay. Immerse yourself in the heart of the history of rural Béarn industry and its relationship with the surrounding landscape.

Read our article on the Béarn Museums, for cultural holidays, in addition to adventure.

Finally, nature lovers and waterfront relaxation enthusiasts will find what they are looking for at Lake Baudreix. Sandy beach, slides, nautical activities, marked trails and other routes are open to visitors in an exceptional setting.
The Ôkiri leisure center offers you the possibility of filling up with sensations thanks to the water ski lift and the Water Jump Drop In. This leisure center also offers accommodation (mobile homes, chalets or cabins) and spaces for catering, including a floating restaurant, to make the most of your moments with family or friends.

Lac de Baudreix
A beautiful playground!


A Catholic pilgrimage center since the middle of the 19th century, a few kilometers from Nay, Lourdes welcomes millions of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world every year. It was in 1858 that the Virgin appeared on several occasions, in the cave of Massabielle, to Bernadette Soubirous. Seventeen more apparitions followed and the creation of shrines began. The city, located at the crossroads of several valleys, near the Gave de Pau, offers its visitors various discovery circuits around an exceptional flora and fauna as well as several cultural activities. We invite you to visit its fortified castle surmounting the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, its panoramic terraces as well as the three basilicas of Lourdes : the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and finally, the Basilica of Saint -Pie-X.