South-west of Pau and 50 km from Spain, Oloron Sainte-Marie is a town in the Haut-Béarn region at the foot of the Pyrenees. Surrounded by hills, the town is spread out over the terraces of the alluvial plain of the Gave d’Ossau: Sainte-Marie district on the plateau, Sainte-Croix on the hill and Notre-Dame or Marcadet on the right bank slopes of the Gave. An organisation to be admired from the Laclau bridge, one of the viewpoints on the town.
The rich heritage of Oloron Sainte-Marie, including the Sainte-Marie Cathedral, and 2000 years of history (the masting path, the beret and Basque linen industry, Béarn gastronomy, etc.) have earned it the classification of Town of Art and History. Visits to the Cathedral Treasury, the Tour de Grède or the Maison du Patrimoine are enriched by a stroll along the Bellevue promenade with its panoramic view of the Pyrenees.