Urdos, memories never to forget!

And I bring you to some of the most memorable experiences of my life in a little town of less than 120 folks right before the Pyrénées mountains of France! Let me tell you a bit of the story, and hope you like it as I always will.

I forgot to count the number of times we passed by this road passing by Urdos ever since that wonderful moment of 1990 when my then girlfriend gave me her VW Golf to make the trip from Meaux to Madrid! Indeed many years and many trips , thereafter with family and the boys until her passing in 2018, my dear late wife Martine. Memories forever!

Urdos is located in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques 64, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of my belle France. The town borders with Spain (Aragon) to the south. Urdos is the first village in the Aspe valley, the gateway to Béarn and Aquitaine for travelers coming from/to Spain. Urdos was once an obligatory stopover due to the complexity of crossing the Franco-Spanish border resulting in the presence of gendarmerie, police and customs services. The town is served by the national road N134. The N134 goes towards Spain passing by Urdos the last stop in France. The anecdote is that I passed also before the European Union and the customs office border crossing was here!


Two important events in the history of Urdos On September 15, 1915, opening of the Somport railway tunnel and on January 17, 2003, opening of the Somport road tunnel. And I took the tunnel and before going up the mountains on second gear as far back as 1990!!

Some of the things to see here are the houses from the 16C, 17C and 19C. the train station on the Pau-Canfranc line, closed to traffic since 1970 (now reopening for domestic service and international out of Canfranc on the works) . The Somport tunnel. And Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church, from late 19C. Almost all of the church was rebuilt in the second half of the 19C. Between 1887 and 1889, it received a set of decorative paintings and Glass roofs were provided in 1901.


You can visit the surprising Fort du Portalet, built on the cliff and partly troglodyte. From Urdos, you will access the Somport ski resort at an altitude of 1600 meters and the Somport ski area remarkable for the quality of its environment and ideal in particular for the practice of Nordic skiing .

Urdos is part of the community of towns of the upper Béarn or Haut-Béarn contact as not much on a town of less than 120 folks! : http://: https://www.hautbearn.fr/nous-connaitre/territoire/urdos.html

It is a small hole on the world map, and now just a fast passing on the way from France to Spain but for us its a major town, Urdos will not be forgotten , part of our family’s history and great memorable moments of family travel. You too can take the ride its wonderful with huge beautiful views of the Pyrénées mountains, and the road freedom of a road warrior. Hope you enjoy the post, and again thanks for reading me!

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

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