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Pyrénées Atlantiques (64)
Hautes Pyrénées (65)
Population: 228,000 (2015)
Préfecture : Tarbes
Sub-prefectures: Argeles-Gazost, Bagneres-de-Bigorre.
Surface: 4,464 km2
Major sports clubs and events: Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby, Lourdes FC, Stade Bagnerais, CA Lannemezan (rugby union). Equestria Festival in Tarbes.
Main tourist sites: pilgrimage in Lourdes, spas (Bagneres, Bareges), ski and mountain (La Mongie), treks at Pic du Midi, Tourmalet, cirque de Gavarnie. Baronnies.
Economy: foot industry, rail, tourism, spas (Bagneres, Bareges).
Km 15 : Coarraze
Nestled in the heart of the village of Coarraze and home to one of the most important baronies of Bearn, the castle of Coarraze is worthy of the wealth and power of its lords. It was built at a strategic position, close to the border with Bigorre. From the medieval building, only the 1350 pentagonal keep is preserved. This is where future King Henry IV spent his childhood. After several destructions, the castle was rebuilt in its current state in 1755.
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