Just arriving in Spain by the Col du Portalet mountains!!!

This is probably one of my shortest post but the most exciting in my road warrior trails. This, this is going over the Port de Portalet mountain from France to Spain! And we love it!!!!

Updating my text of August 2016; hope you enjoy it as I do! Brings back many family memories going over these mountains over the years first with wife , then boys and then parents and family!

We got up earlier from hotel in Bordeaux , (see post) and by about 7h or 7am we were on the road past the beltway of Bordeaux A630 into the expressway A62 towards Pau/Toulouse.  We continue connecting with the A64 road to Pau and then the A65 , connecting on the N134 by Jurançon and Gan, where we got on the D934  all the way past Laruns and to the Col du Portalet passage to Spain.


As we got up earlier we had breakfast on the road on the  mountains by Bielle on the D934 at boulangerie Laloubère , a small outlet they have right on the road and the back on the mountains; very nice and great breads, sweets, coffee and orange juice for 2,30 euros! per person. Their main store is at Bielle. And we have made it our must stop over the years afterward, by now a routine trip at Laloubére!!

You see beautiful mountain passages like the dam of Artouste  done with a lake at 1997 meters and the spa thermes of Eaux Bonnes, the quant nice town of Laruns, and the final destination in France at the Col du Portalet and the town at 1984 meters high. This is just before taking the tunnel under it to reach Spain at the other side , going up through some twisting and each time higher élévations and breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys not to mention a great challenge for the driver!! Love it!!!!


A great final ride in France before reaching my beloved Spain, always nice to be back, and glad can do this often in the last few years. Again hope you enjoy this brief road warrior trip up the Pyrénées!!


The lake of Artouste feeding the dam info here: https://www.lacsdespyrenees.com/lac-23-Lac%20d%E2%80%99Artouste.html

The the Spa at Eaux Bonnes, will love to be back!  https://www.valleedossau-tourisme.com/en/ossau-valley/presentation-of-villages/eaux-bonnes/

How to get to these peaks and valleys : https://www.valleedossau-tourisme.com/en/access/

There you go short and sassy! Go ahead make the run, get the thrill of high mountain driving in pure air with breath taking views, sublime. Hope you enjoy and try it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Just arriving in Spain by the Col du Portalet mountains!!!”

  1. The area along the border between France and Spain really have many gems to discover 🙂

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