Maubourguet, Hautes-Pyrenees tourism & sightseeing

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Maubourguet is a pretty market town situated south of the beautiful vineyards of Saint-Mont and Madiran, north of Tarbes and north-east of Pau.

Maubourguet was fortified by the English in the 14th century but then devastated by the Protestants during the revolution four centuries later. Despite the damage caused at this time it retains some quaint balconies and beautiful buildings.

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The most important historic monument in Maubourguet is the Church of Saint-Martin built in the 11th century. It was originally part of a Benedictine monastery and is on the pilgrimage route of Saint Jacques de Compostelle, just off the main market square.  Updated over the centuries and converted for modern day use, it’s well worth a visit.

Church of the Assumption in Maubourguet

The town hall is another noteworthy building, almost too big in fact, it’s hidden down an alleyway opposite a chambre d’hotes, and close to a pharmacist, tobacconist and computer shop

The town is above all a hive of activity during the weekly market every Tuesday morning. Being in Gascony where food is of utmost importance there are a number of amazing stalls, many of them offering you the opportunity to sample their produce before you buy. Cured saucisson, cheese and fois gras are sure to tempt you, as are the local wines.

Maubourguet has a typical choice of French shops, including Gamm Vert the agricultural merchants, and French crafts, a major supermarket, patisseries, and hairdressers. It’s well known for its bars and restaurants, and has a brilliant cave (off license), opposite the bike shop.

You will find several bars and restaurants down the main high street offering traditional French 'plat du jours'.

The town is also crossed by two rivers and a stroll along these, or a morning of fishing, offers a relaxing break from everyday life.

There’s a vast array of activities for all the family near the town. Maubourguet itself is on the flat, and offers the less experienced of us the opportunity to try our hand at cycling, however, for the more enthusiastic, just 5 minutes ride away you can explore the rolling forests of Sombrun and Saint Mont.

Water mill on the canal in Maubourguet

Attractions nearby

One of the popular activities is to visit the local vineyards, famous for the wines of Madiran and St Mont, and also explore the local villages of Madiran, Marciac, Castelnau and Viella.

Situated near the foothills of the Pyrenees, Maubourguet offers amazing views of the mountains (on a clear day). The mountains are easily accessible by car for skiing enthusiasts and with the Spanish border just an hour away it’s worth taking a trip down for lunch to explore the beautiful scenery of the Pyrenees and stock up on some shopping.

The region has a strong equestrian influence, and there are many places to go trekking, whether it is through the forests by horse back or something a little different in the form of a camel trek alongside the river Adour.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Hautes-Pyrenees guide and the Midi-Pyrenees guide.

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Address: Maubourguet, Tarbes, Midi-Pyrenees, 65700, France || GPS: latitude 43.4692, longitude 0.036389

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Tarbes: ville fleurie 4* (24 km)
  • Jardin Massey: remarkable garden (26 km)
  • Marshall Foch house: national monument (27 km)
  • Palmeraie du Sarthou: remarkable garden (28 km)
  • Jardins du château de Viven: remarkable garden (33 km)
  • Aire sur l'Adour église St Quitterie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (35 km)
  • Pau: ville fleurie 4* (38 km)
  • Jardin du château de Momas: remarkable garden (39 km)
  • Ordan-Larroque: ville fleurie 4* (42 km)
  • Grottes de Betharram: site of natural beauty (45 km)
  • Zoo d'Asson: zoo or wildlife park (45 km)
  • Ourdis-Cotdoussan église St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (47 km)

The French version of this page is at Maubourguet (Francais)