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Coordinates: 42¬į58‚Ä≤26‚Ä≥N 0¬į23‚Ä≤27‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ42.9738888889¬įN 0.390833333333¬įWÔĽŅ / 42.9738888889; -0.390833333333

Commune of Eaux-Bonnes

Eaux-Bonnes is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Canton Laruns
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la Vallée d'Ossau
Mayor Louis Carrère-Gée
Elevation 520‚Äď2,619 m (1,700‚Äď8,600 ft)
(avg. 750 m/2,500 ft)
Land area1 38.52 km2 (14.87 sq mi)
Population2 426  (2006)
 - Density 11 /km2 (28 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64204/ 64440
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Eaux-Bonnes (French for good waters) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

Nearby is the impressive villa Cockade, the construction of which is detailed in Dornford Yates's novel The House That Berry Built.

Gourette is a winter sports resort located in the commune on the high mountain pass Col d'Aubisque.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

EAUX-BONNES, a watering-place of south-western France, in the department of Basses-Pyrenees, 3 m. S.E. of the small town of Laruns, the latter being 24 m. S. of Pau by rail. Pop. (1906) 610. Eaux-Bonnes is situated at a height of 2460 ft. at the entrance of a fine gorge, overlooking the confluence of two torrents, the Valentin and the Sourde. The village is well known for its sulphurous and saline mineral waters (first mentioned in the middle of the 14th century), which are beneficial in affections of the throat and lungs. They vary between 50¬į and 90¬į F. in temperature, and are used for drinking and bathing. There are two thermal establishments, a casino and fine promenades.

The watering-place of EAUX-CHAUDES is 5 m. by road south-west of Eaux-Bonnes, in a wild gorge on the Gave d'Ossau. The springs are sulphurous, varying in temperature from 52¬į to 97¬į F., and are used in cases of rheumatism, certain maladies of women, &c. The thermal establishment is a handsome marble building.

There is fine mountain scenery in the neighbourhood of both places, the Pic de Ger near Eaux-Bonnes, commanding an extensive view. The valley of Ossau, one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees, before the Revolution formed a community which, though dependent on Bearn, had its own legal organization, manners and costumes, the last of which are still to be seen on holidays.

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Eaux-Bonnes is a commune of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département in the southwestern part of France.


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