At the confluence of the Aspe and Ossau, and dotted with beautiful bridges hanging over the water, the ancient capital of Upper Béarn is a surprise. The city has three historic districts: 1. surrounding the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie - construction started in 1102 and it was declared a World Heritage Site, which dates back to an Ibero-Celtic settlement called Iluro, 2. the quiet medieval district of Sainte-Croix, in the highest part of Oloron, 3. the neighborhood of Notre-Dame, by the river. The silhouette of the old village, with its pointed towers, slate roofs, and elegant chateaux, is enjoyed from the Bellevue Walk, a path that follows the ancient walls and the murmuring river. Oloron-Sainte-Marie is an unbeatable start if you want to explore the Béarn. Also ideal for you to discover the sublime flavors of local food. After tasting foi gras, magret or confit of duck, a Garbure (béarnaise soup), and a good wine from the region of Jurançon, enjoy the gray smoke of the city, the idyllic valleys and joyful peoples of the region.