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Tardets-Sorholus is a town in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, 28 km southwest of Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

Its territory of 15 km² extends from 209 to 793 m above sea level, on the right bank of the Cours du Saison, a tributary of the Gave d'Oloron. It is mainly on the edge of the Season that the urbanization of the locality has been concentrated, made up of the rest of several entities, the most important being Tardets.

Culturally and historically, the town belongs to Soule, the smallest of the seven territories that make up the Basque Country.

Concerning its landscapes, the locality is green, with 42% of land covered with forests, 18% of various natural environments and 30% of meadows dedicated to breeding on the hillsides overlooking the river.

It was in 1299, even before the start of the Hundred Years War, that the new town of Tardets was created, a bastide which wants to be faithful to the King of France while the country of Soule is attached to the 'Aquitaine, under English obedience.

The small town was however very affected in 1523 by the troops of Charles V who opposed François Ier.

In its current form, it was in 1859 that Tardets-Sorholus was created, bringing together several old towns and hamlets.

With some 570 inhabitants, turned towards pastoral agriculture (production of ossau-iraty cheeses), Tardets-Sorholus has a heritage of interest (old center of the bastide) and a range of cultural and "nature" leisure activities "which justify a step.

Geographical information

MunicipalityTardets-Sorholus
Postcode64470
Latitude43.1173170 (N 43° 7’ 2”)
Longitude-0.8641830 (W 0° 51’ 51”)
AltitudeFrom 209m to 793m
Surface area14.99 km²
Population576 inhabitants
Density38 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePau (60km, 1:05)
Insee code64533
IntercommunalityCA du Pays Basque
DepartmentPyrénées-Atlantiques
TerritoriesAquitaine, Béarn-Basque Country, Pyrenees
RegionNew-Aquitaine

Nearest cities & towns

Alos-Sibas-Abense1km (3 min)
Trois-Villes2.3km (2 min)
Laguinge-Restoue3.1km (6 min)
Lichans-Sunhar3.5km (9 min)
Ossas-Suhare4.7km (6 min)
Montory4.8km (6 min)
Sauguis-Saint-Étienne5km (7 min)
Alçay-Alçabéhéty-Sunharette5km (8 min)
Licq-Athérey6.1km (8 min)
Etchebar6.1km (14 min)
Lacarry-Arhan-Charritte-de-Haut6.8km (12 min)
Haux6.9km (9 min)
Menditte7.5km (9 min)
Camou-Cihigue7.8km (10 min)

Things to see and do

In terms of heritage, in addition to the protohistoric site of the Madeleine, which dominates the village and a votive altar from the 3rd century (now on display at the tourist office) testifying to the Roman presence in the region, it is obviously the old new town of Tardets which constitutes the most beautiful set of the town. The bastide has retained its central square bordered by arcades. It is triangular in shape (and not square) because it was necessary to adapt to the local geography, in this case the course of the Season and its surroundings.

The alleys leading to the square are always visible. Over the centuries, the dwellings have been altered, as have the roadways (but cobbles formed by cobbles are still present). As you walk, you can see magnificent colored facades, carved wooden doors of houses restored in the 18th and 19th centuries (knockers, stair rails, sculpted fields, etc.). Château Daguerre, also in the center, has retained a classic style with balconies and Mansart-style roofs. The alleys leading to the Saison are not lacking in style and picturesque either.

A leaflet with a map allows walkers to discover all these details (sculpted decorations in particular): contact +33 5 59 28 51 28.

Also note the Church of Saint Lucia, built at the end of the 19th century when were brought together the entities of Tardet (town corresponding to the old bastide) and Sorholus (in the form of a village street).

A stele dedicated to the "escapees from France", resistance fighters who joined the Liberation Army via nearby Spain, still deserves attention. It was erected in 2006.

Finally, in terms of heritage again, but also proving to be a hiking goal, the chapel of the Madeleine at the top of the eponymous mountain is worth the detour. Simple in design, on the highest point of the town, it symbolizes a place of pilgrimage frequented assiduously since the Middle Ages. Besides the pilgrims heading towards Compostela, the place was frequented for a long time by young girls looking for a husband and the mentally ill. However, it is now attested that the place was occupied by man since prehistoric times and then that a Roman temple was established there…

The current chapel dates from the 20th century (restored after a storm) but houses two statues of Saint Magdalene. A splendid panorama awaits visitors or pilgrims with views of the peaks of Midi d'Ossau and Midi de Bigorre and the mountains of Haute-Soule.

On the cultural level, in addition to the activities offered by the library (contact on +33 5 59 28 54 79), the Herauskorritxe space is dedicated to Basque mythology. This is approached via a path comprising five thematic modules and combining works of contemporary art, installations, projections and panels (in French and in Basque). The visit lasts approximately 45 minutes. Open every day in July and August, closed on weekends out of season. Free entrance. Information on +33 5 59 28 51 28.

For sports and leisure, the old pediment (for the practice of Basque pelota), the bowling alley and the area set up on the edge of the Season (promenade and picnic) are easily accessible.

In addition, a number of hiking trails (besides the one leading to the chapel) are available, with varying levels of difficulty, limited to the town or allowing to reach the nearby peaks... Unless you prefer follow the banks of the river. In all cases, the green landscape and unspoiled environment are waiting for you. Maps and information on +33 5 59 28 51 28.

Places of interest

Information points

Tourist Office of Tardets-Sorholus

Events and festivities

  • On Mondays, the market is a great opportunity to discover the rich terroir of the region (every week in July and August, even weeks from September to June).
  • In February, Haute Soule carnival.
  • From February to May, several "masquerades" (activities relating to traditional street theater) are scheduled.
  • At Easter and Pentecost, traditional fair (commercial and folklore events).
  • In April, traditional transhumance (the herds are taken to the high mountain pastures).
  • End of June, fires of Saint-Jean on the site of the chapel of the Madeleine.
  • The Thursday following August 15, village festival and cheese fair.

Randonnée Accompagnée

  • On 10 july 2024
  • Agence Arhondo
  • Four hikes on offer: - - Cromlechs, beech forest and summer pastures at Okabe (11.5 km, + 350 m, from age 6). From Iraty, Europe's largest beech forest, protohistoric site and pastoralism. - - Cascade de Pixta (8 km, + 480 m, from age 10). Climb through the forest to discover this large waterfall surrounded by cliffs. - Beautiful views of the surrounding ridges, Pic d'Orhi and Tardets: - - Etchebar-Bosmendieta loop (5h, + 900 m) - - Licq-Bosmendieta loop (5h, + 900 m)

Randonnée en Trottinette Électrique

  • On 11 july 2024
  • Agence Arhondo
  • Meet at the Landran farm in Ordiarp to set off on an assault on the Chapelle Sainte-Antoine (495mtrs) and the Chapelle Saint Grégoire (426mtrs). 2-hour hike, minimum age 14.

Sortie Escalade en Soule

  • On 12 july 2024
  • During the summer season, you're invited to Arette or Col du Soudet for a morning of climbing. - A qualified instructor will introduce you to rock climbing. You'll learn the basics: technique, belaying, safety, knots, etc. Harness, helmet, shoes and all practical - Equipment. Bring water and snacks. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required.

Randonnée Accompagnée

  • On 15 july 2024
  • Agence Arhondo
  • Two easy hikes starting from Tardets: - Boucle de la Madeleine (4h, + 700 m). A trail offering beautiful panoramic views of Tardets and the surrounding area, and a 360° view from the Madeleine chapel. - Erretzü loop (3h, + 500 m). Discover this small mountain via beautiful trails and panoramic views.

Marché Traditionnel

  • On 15 july 2024
  • Place centrale
  • The market takes place in the central square every Monday during school vacations, and every other Monday during other periods. - You'll find renowned local products such as cheeses, poultry and home-made preserves.

Randonnée Accompagnée: Boucle Transfrontalière Depuis Belagoa Autour de Lakhura

  • On 17 july 2024
  • Agence Arhondo
  • Departure from Belagoa refuge (valle de Roncal). Duration: 4h30, ascent + 660 mtrs - Distance 13 km, ascent + 800 mtrs. - The route passes through the port of Urdaite, a must for the Hirondelles, the girls from Navarre or Aragon who came to Mauléon to work in the espadrille industry in winter. On the Soule side, you'll first overlook the Kakueta gorge, then the Ehüjarre gorge, before crossing the border again. - Bring walking shoes, picnic, water bottle, sportswear, walking stick and hat. Meet at the Arhondo agency in Tardets town square. Subject to weather conditions.

Randonnée Accompagnée

  • On 17 july 2024
  • Agence Arhondo
  • Four hikes on offer: - - Cromlechs, beech forest and summer pastures at Okabe (11.5 km, + 350 m, from age 6). From Iraty, Europe's largest beech forest, protohistoric site and pastoralism. - - Cascade de Pixta (8 km, + 480 m, from age 10). Climb through the forest to discover this large waterfall surrounded by cliffs. - Beautiful views of the surrounding ridges, Pic d'Orhi and Tardets: - - Etchebar-Bosmendieta loop (5h, + 900 m) - - Licq-Bosmendieta loop (5h, + 900 m)

Randonnée en Trottinette Électrique

  • On 18 july 2024
  • Agence Arhondo
  • Meet at the Landran farm in Ordiarp to set off on an assault on the Chapelle Sainte-Antoine (495mtrs) and the Chapelle Saint Grégoire (426mtrs). 2-hour hike, minimum age 14.

Sortie Escalade en Soule

  • On 19 july 2024
  • During the summer season, you're invited to Arette or Col du Soudet for a morning of climbing. - A qualified instructor will introduce you to rock climbing. You'll learn the basics: technique, belaying, safety, knots, etc. Harness, helmet, shoes and all practical - Equipment. Bring water and snacks. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required.

Ecopiknik, Marché Paysan et Barbecue Collectif

  • On 19 july 2024
  • Berges du gave
  • Local producers' market and collective barbecue on the banks of the Gave with an open-air concert. - Bring good things to share or create your ideal picnic thanks to the producers present on site. - Don't forget to bring your cutlery, your glasses and your good mood.

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Facades of houses on the square Tardets (© ComComSoule)

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Church Saint Lucia Tardets (© ComComSoule)

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Fronton Tardets (© JLB)

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Craft Fair and gourmet place Tardets (© Mairie)

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Frequently Asked cheese instead of Tardets (© OTS)

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Dancers Souletine the place of Tardets (© OTS)

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Weather

Wednesday 10 july

Min. 17°C - Max. 27°C

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Thursday 11 july

Min. 19°C - Max. 25°C

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Friday 12 july

Min. 13°C - Max. 21°C

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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit to an artisanal espadrilles manufacturing workshopArts and Crafts5€ Mauléon-Licharre (12.2km)
Tandem paragliding flight in Accous, Pyrénées AtlantiquesSports sensations80€ Accous (27km)
Show at Cabaret La fourmi rougeEntertainment35€ to 70€ Laàs (30km)
Canyoning in the Ossau ValleySports sensations45€ to 70€ Castet (37km)
Soussoueou Canyon in Laruns, Ossau ValleySports sensations75€ Laruns (38km)

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Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
AhargoHikeAthletic5:00Barcus (11.1km)
N°11 Barétous - Crêtes d'IssarbeHikeIntermediate3:20Lanne-en-Barétous (12.3km)
Mountain bike N°4 - Crêtes d'IssarbeAll-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate55 minLanne-en-Barétous (12.4km)
Petrilare (Iraty Forest)All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1:05Larrau (15.9km)
Peak of the stairs/ EskaletaHikeIntermediate3:35Larrau (16.5km)

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Mauléon-LicharreDiscover its two beautiful castles, both listed Historic Monuments!
The Church of St Blaise HospitalRemarkable Romanesque architecture inspired by the Hispano-Moresque style
La Pierre Saint-MartinWinter sports resort in the Pyrenees
Oloron-Sainte-MarieIs cathedral boasts a splendid Romanesque doorway!

Restaurants

Restaurant Cidrerie Hurrup eta Klik9.610French cuisine restaurant in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port6€ to 19€ per personIn the heart of the old town, in the picturesque rue de la Citadelle, bar restaurant cider house in a warm setting combining modernity and authenticity. Throughout the year you can taste our meat and fish specialties cooked on the plancha as…Located 31km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Bed & breakfasts

L'oustal guesthouses9.910House with 5 bedrooms in Oloron-Sainte-Marie60€ to 87€ per double roomQuietly located in the Notre-Dame district in the city center of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, on the GR653 and GR78 (Roads to Compostela) and on the road to Spain via the free Somport tunnel, the Chambres d'Hôtes L 'Oustal welcomes you to a large 18th…Located 23km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Orride House103House with 3 bedrooms in Ledeuix95€ to 125€ per double roomNear Oloron Saint-Marie, at the end of a private road, we welcome you in an old farmhouse of character of the 17th century, enthroned in the middle of unspoiled nature and looking at the Pyrenees of Béarn and the Basque Country. Renovated in…Located 25km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Gure Lana9.02House with 3 bedrooms in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortLocated in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and only 12 km from Baigorry Church, Gure Lana provides accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. The property features garden views, and is 41 km from Epherra Golf Course. Featuring…Located 30km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Gite Ametz Cheraute-mauléon licharreSPECIAL OFFER103House for 6 people in Chéraute111 m², 3 bedrooms370€ to 625€ per weekNew lodging classified "3 stars" in the heart of the Basque Country in the municipality of Mauleon Licharre Chéraute borders, capital of the Soule and cradle of the sneaker. Detached house situated in a tranquil location opposite the hills with…Located 12.6km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Cottages Chalet Pedro in Iraty9.99Apartment for 6 people in Mendive50 m², 2 bedrooms600€ to 650€ per weekAt 1000 m of altitude, the Chalet Pedro welcomes you in full Nature. Iraty, the largest beech forest in Europe awaits you for an unforgettable holiday : mountain biking, hiking, horse riding (in the summer a little further !), Snowshoeing, fishing,…Located 19.3km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Gite gayou9.320House for 6 people in Lourdios-Ichère90 m², 3 bedrooms280€ to 420€ per weekThe house is a cottage Gayou 19th century traditional style Bearn in stone. A mountainside, surrounded by woods and meadows with wonderful panorama of the valley and surrounding mountains Located 2 km from the village of Lourdios-Ichère (25…Located 20km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Campsites

Camping Pyrénées Nature7.72Campsite in Oloron-Sainte-MarieOffering a garden and mountain view, Camping Pyrénées Nature is set in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, 38 km from Palais Beaumont and 41 km from Zénith-Pau. This property offers access to a terrace, table tennis, free private parking and free WiFi. Boasting…Located 21km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Camping Le Rey8.41Campsite in Louvie-JuzonCamping Le Rey is located in the Valley d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees Mountains 30 km away from Pau. The property offers chalets, caravans and mobile homes as well as an outdoor swimming pool opened from mid-June to mid-September. In the camping…Located 37km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Domaine Chalets Larlapean8.62Campsite in Saint-Martin-d'ArrossaSituated 45 km from Biarritz La Négresse Train Station, Domaine Chalets Larlapean offers 3-star accommodation in Saint-Martin-dʼArrossa and has pool with a view, a garden and a bar. The property features garden views and is 40 km from Ansot…Located 38km from Tardets-Sorholus

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Hotels

hôtel Piellenia8.892Hotel in Tardets-SorholusRoom from 76€Set 16 km from Kakuetta Gorges, hôtel Piellenia offers 2-star accommodation in Tardets-Sorholus and features a terrace, a restaurant and a bar. Free WiFi is available and Holzarte Footbridge is 27 km away. The units at the hotel come with a…Located Tardets-Sorholus away

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Hotel de la poste8.671Hotel in Tardets-SorholusBoasting a bar, Hotel de la poste is set in Tardets-Sorholus in the Aquitaine region, 16 km from Kakuetta Gorges and 27 km from Holzarte Footbridge. With a terrace, the 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private…Located Tardets-Sorholus away

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Hôtel Restaurant Du PONT D'ABENSE8.780Hotel in Tardets-SorholusRoom from 60€Situated in Tardets-Sorholus, 16 km from Kakuetta Gorges, Hôtel Restaurant Du PONT D'ABENSE features accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. This 2-star hotel features free WiFi and a bar. At the hotel,…Located Tardets-Sorholus away

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