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City:Pau

Little Train of Artouste

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Situated at 2000 meter in altitude the little train rail is the highest in Europe. The little train crosses outstanding sites like the Brousset valley, the banks of the l’Ours and d’Artouste lakes etc; in the heart of the Pyrenean Mountains of the Bearn region.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.altiservice.com/236-37743-Accueil.php
eyecandyAddress:Village de Fabrèges 64440 LARUNS
eyecandyPhone:05 59 05 36 99

Little Churches' Festival

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This festival dedicated to the sacred heritage of the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains includes classical music concerts, opera and text readings. It is a unique opportunity to discover the little Romanesque and Baroque gems of the Pyrenees valleys.
It takes place every year in the months of July and August.
This year the first concert takes place on Friday 21st of July 2017 in VIELLE-AURE at Saint-Barthélémy church.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.festivaldespetiteseglises.fr
eyecandyAddress:Bourisp, Hautes-Pyrénées.
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Hesta de Nosta Dama

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Each year on the 15th of August the population of Laruns in Ossau Valley celebrates its patronal feast. With this occasion the town becomes an open air stage with scenes reminiscent of the ancient rural way of life.
This event is listed in the nonmaterial heritage of France by the ministry of culture.
Laruns is located some 40km (29 mi) south of Pau.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.ossau-pyrenees.com
eyecandyAddress:Laruns, Pyrénées Atlantiques
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Espadrille Day in Mauléon

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Mauléon is the French capital of espadrille!
The animations include folk entertainment, songs, dances and pelote games, espadrille making demonstrations.
Date: August 15th, 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.soule-xiberoa.fr/
eyecandyAddress:Mauléon - 60km (37mi) southwest of Pau
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Mauvezin Castle Medieval Festival

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Dates: August 13th, 14th and 15th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:mauvezin.ostau-bigordan.com/
eyecandyAddress:10 Rue du Château, 65130 Mauvezin
eyecandyPhone:05 62 39 10 27

September in Béarn

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This festival that starts at the end of August and ends in the middle of October includes "The Lamb Festival" of Escot in late August, "The Garbure World Championship" in Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the first weekend of September, "The Salt Festival" of Salies-de-Béarn, "The Festival of Béarn Chants" in Siros at the end of September and "The Festival of Corn" in Laàs in the middle of October.
For dates and more information please check the festival's web site.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.septembre-en-bearn.com
eyecandyAddress:Oloron-Sainte-Marie
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Visit Jurançon Wine Cave

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Jurançon is the emblematic wine of Bearn (even Henri IV at his birth was made to swallow few drops of Jurançon as it was the custom in Bearn at the time!).
The caves of the Jurancon, with its ageing, assembling and wine bottling facilities, are open for visiting (on appointment) and tasting.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.cavedejurancon.com
eyecandyAddress:La Cave de Gan - Jurançon - 53 Av Henri IV - 64290 GAN
eyecandyPhone:05 59 21 57 03

Jurançon Wine House

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The "Jurançon Wine House" offers the possibility of tasting of 150 different wines from the Jurançon denomination (AOC Juraçon) as well as Madiran, Irouléguy and other South West wines.
The House organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events centered around the wine.
The Jurançon Wine House is situated in the town of Lacommand that includes also a Knights Hospitallers Commandery built in the beginning of the 12th century.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.vins-jurancon.fr
eyecandyAddress:Lacommande, Pyrénées Atlantiques
eyecandyPhone:05 59 82 70 30