A busy little town at the bottom of the beautiful Ossau valley, nestling right up against the Pyrénées. It has a certain amount of light industrial activity - marble quarries, metalworks etc.
Apparently Arudy is particularly renowned for the quantity of snails eaten by the early inhabitants as the glaciers retreated and created a humid, warm climate much favoured by the gastropods. Archaeologists have found many small needles made out of bone used to extract the snail from its shell.
|Gave d'Ossau (Categ 1) and tributaries ||Fishing|
|Small baths at Bains de Secours ||Spas|
|Foot of the beautiful Ossau valley ||Valleys and Passes|
|Arudy lies at the entrance to the Vallée d'Ossau, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt valleys in the Pyrénées Atlantiques. From Arudy the road winds up past villages hardly touched by time, towering cliffs with their colony of Griffon vultures, past secret plateaux, to Laruns where one can either continue up to the Spanish border or go over the spectacular Col d'Aubisque to the East.|
It is a glacial valley, with lush vegetation, and a long tradition of farming. The sheep cheese (brebis) of the valley is famous.
|25 km, Grottes de Betharram ||Caves|
|A system of caves so big that you have to take a small train for part of the way!|
|Museum of pre-historic Megaliths (stone age monuments) ||Museums|
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