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Le Pont Vieux at Orthez
Orthez is a busy market town on the Gave de Pau, with a beautiful old bridge still used today.

Gaston VII of Moncade chose it as his capital and fortified it, though little remains now of his work. It remained the capital city until the 15th century. There are still a number of lovely old houses that can be found in the old streets and that testify to the town's long status as an important commercial centre.

Orthez is also famous as the site of a famous battle when Wellington beat the army Soult, and there is a monument to the bravery of General Foy, the hero of the losing French side.

Things to do in Orthez

Beaches on lake Beaches
Canoeing school on Gave de Pau Canoe and Kayak
Fishing on lake and Gave de Pau Fishing
Jet-ski and water-skiing on the lake Water Sports

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Things to see in Orthez

Old Bridge (13th Century) Historic remains
The old fortified bridge of Orthez is still standing and taking traffic, a tribute to its builders. It was first constructed in the 13th century, and remodelled in its present form by Gaston Fébus around 1370
Bull Fighting Arena Bull Fighting and Course Landaise
One of the handful of arenas that mount the full Corrida, with bulls over four years old. See EVENTS for dates.
Tour Moncade - last vestiges of the 13th century castle Historic remains
The castle of Moncade was built in the 13th century by Gaston VII with money provided by Henry III of Britain after he helped the king by providing 50 knights for the battle of Taillebourg. Only the tower remains
Lake Lakes
A large artificial lake created for leisure activities with an exhibiton on game birds
La Saligue des Oiseaux Natural History
Nature trails alongside the marshy borders of a lake.
On the St-Jacques de Compostelle route Pilgrimage of St Jacques-de-Compostelle
Market Tuesdays Shopping and Markets

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