Arudy is in the Ossau Valley, in the heart of the beautiful Bearn region of the Pyrenees Atlantique with its unique cultural traditions of music, singing and costume. 35 min from the fashionable city of Pau (international airport, cheap flights from London) and the ski resorts of Gourette and Artouste, and Spanish resorts such as Formigal.
Maison Florence, 5 miles from Arudy, is on the border of the National Park of the Pyrenees, soon to be registered as a World Heritage Site. At 2000ft in the foothills of the mountains, walking and wildlife, wild flowers and bird life are considered exceptional.
Outdoor activities abound, such as hiking, cycling, river sports and fishing. Or alternatively, explore the cultural heritage of cities such as ancient Oloron with its two cathedrals and the elegant city of Pau with its famous castle, fashionable shops, night-life, famous golf curse and well known racecourses.
Other Activities: Hiking, hunting, bird watching, botanising, painting, rafting, climbing, riding, biking
Ski: Gourette, our local resort, is 35 minutes away and is very good value and rarely crowded. Following a major refurbishment it feature excellent facilities for children and beginners with two ski schools. There is wonderful off-piste skiing, and guides can be hired for the day for expeditions to wonderful mountain locations, both cross country and 'randonnee'.
There are several other resorts in the area, both French and Spanish, and our skiing parties have found enough to challenge the most sophisticated!