The Aspe Valley



The heritage potential of the Aspe Valley is characterized by the importance of its landscapes, by the ties that unite it with neighboring Aragon Valley, a vernacular heritage and significant progress, a heritage linked to technical activities (hydroelectric plants, mature, forges, railways ...) and agropastoral. The architectural jewel of the Aspe valley whose habitat is marked the great features of the pooled mountain habitat remains strong Portalet, 19th century that housed famous characters during and after the Second World War: Georges Mendel, Léon Blum, Edouard Daladier, le Général Gamelin and Philippe Pétain.



The Ecomuseum of the Aspe Valley

This is a journey through two sites that are designed to give keys to better see and understand the Aspois natural and cultural heritage.

The Ecomuseum of the Aspe valley presents "Our Lady of the Stone" legend who influenced the small and the great history of Sarrance, the famous making from the fourteenth century. Entertaining and original exhibition: reconstruction of the pilgrimage of the 30s, where Marcel Upstream audiovisual show tells the legend and analysis, model of the valley showing the relationship between man, stone and water ... outside, the traces of this unusual story to discover: church, cloister, village, source of the bull ...

Opportunity to visit the museum with an audio guide in French / Spanish (free) and the village with a tablet (free for museum visitors, € 5 for others)

Opening hours:
From 1st July to 31th August, open daily except on mondays : 10h-12h30 am and 02h-07h pm

School holidays in spring and autumn,

open daily except on mondays : 10h-12h30 am and 02h-6h pm

Visit time: 1h30

Contact: Rue du Bourg, 64490 SARRANCE / 06 87 94 64 29 

The Ecomuseum of the Aspe valley presents the exhibition "tells a village."

The reconstituted office of Jean Barthou, teacher and secretary of Mayor, photographs, objects and agricultural tools, the impeller agricultural works evoke the seasons.

This place provides insight into the organization of the agricultural and pastoral life of the eighteenth century to the present.
Free tour

Opening hours:
From 1st July  to 31th August, open daily excpet on mondays: 02h-07h pm
Weekends and school holidays from spring nd autumn: 02h-06h pm

Duration of the visit: 1h30

Contact : Bourg, 64570 LOURDIOS-ICHERE / 06 87 94 64 29 

The fort du Portalet

Erected in 1842 on Louis Philippe order to keep the Pyrenean border and the Somport road, the fort clings to the cliff nearly 100 vertical meters above the Gave d'Aspe.
"Dismissed" of its strategic function in 1914, he became a political prison under the Vichy regime: Blum, Daladier, Reynaud, Mandel, Gamelin were interned there ... and after war: Petain.
Beyond the architectural performance that characterizes the Fort of Portalet remains associated with the history of the Third French Republic.


The fort is classified as a historic monument since 2005.
Visit Fort Portalet requires a minimum in good physical condition (there are steps up and down!), Good shoes, a raincoat when it rains, water bottle when it is fine ... These few precautions will make your visit more enjoyable.

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Opening hours :
From 15TH April to 30TH June, Wednesday at 02:30 pm and Sunday at 10am.
From 1st July to 30th August, Monday to Saturday 10:00 am and 02:30 pm and on Sundays at 10:00.
From 1st September to 1st November, on Wednesday at 02:00 pm and Sundays at 10:00 am
Groups on request all year except winter weather.



Adults: 10€
Children 8-14 years: 6€
Groups (minimum 20 people): 7 €

Duration of the visit: 2h30

Route Nationale 134 - 64490 Urdos
Office de Tourisme de la vallée d'Aspe / 05 59 34 57 57 -

The centenary of the arrival of the train in Aspe valley

Work began in Aspe from 1906. More than 2000 workers worked, according to the sites, along the route between Escot and Abel Forges.

The exhibition, located in the hall of the Town Hall, is achieved through the fund Denis Gustave, engineer and contractor in charge of construction between Escot and Bedous, the fund Joseph Carles Mayor Bedous which hosted the first train to the Bedous April 21, 1914, and the fund Casenave carpenter originally from Escot.

Free visit Opening hours: All year Rates: Free Contact: Sous la halle, 64490 BEDOUS Office de tourisme de la vallée d'Aspe / 05 59 34 57 57 - -

The House of the national Park of Pyrenees

The Pyrenees National Park, established in 1967, is equipped with a natural, cultural and landscape heritage of exception that it is responsible for preserving.

In high Aspe Valley in Etsaut, the National Park House offers a permanent exhibition "The Great fauna of the Pyrenees". An outdoor nature trail in the trees complete the visit.

Equipment labeled "Tourism and handicap" for the four handicaps.

Free visit
Opening hours :
Zone A school holidays, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 14h00-17h00 and Wednesday 10.00-12.30
From 15th to 30th June, Monday to Friday: 10h00-12h30 and 14h00-17h30
From 1st July to 31th August, daily: 10h00-12h30 and 14h00-18h30
From 1st to 15th September, Monday to Friday: 10h00-12h30 and 14h00-17h30

Rates: Free

Visit time: 30 mn

Bourg, 64490 ETSAUT / 05 59 34 88

The Tourist Office of Aspe Valley

Place François Sarraillé – 64 490 BEDOUS
Tél. : + 33 5 59 34 57 57
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