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    At the top of the keep  

You'll love !

  •     the view over the old town
  •     the chain of the Pyrénées
  •     climbing the steps
  •     the mediaeval atmosphere

Part of the remains of the Moncade Castle, the keep is 33 metres tall with 141 steps. It offers an exceptional viewing platform over the town of Orthez and its rectilinear traces from the early Middle Ages and its secret gardens.

 

Along the rue Moncade you can see the Maison Jeanne d'Albret which now houses the Jeanne d'Albret Museum and beyond that the Pont-Vieux tower proudly astride the Gave de Pau.

 

The Moncade Castle terraces reveal the steep roofs of the town covered with rectangular or fishtail roman tiles. Hipped roofs, decorative friezes below the roofs protecting the walls in the absence of gutters.

 

Beyond the town the Béarnais countryside stretches far and the Lacq basin can be seen.

 

In good weather the Pyrénées give the final touch to the landscape.
  • Viewpoint for Orthez from the Moncade Castle
    Orthez, once capital of Béarn
  • The Moncade Castle in Orthez
    The Moncade Castle in Orthez
  • The keep of the Moncade Castle
    The keep of the Moncade Castle, stronghold of Gaston Fébus
  • The steep roofs of Orthez
    The steep roofs of Orthez
  • Viewpoint for Orthez from the Moncade Castle
  • The Moncade Castle in Orthez
  • The keep of the Moncade Castle
  • The steep roofs of Orthez