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Coordinates: 42¬į58‚Ä≤59‚Ä≥N 0¬į24‚Ä≤58‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ42.983¬įN 0.416¬įWÔĽŅ / 42.983; -0.416

Commune of Laruns

Arrémoulit Lakes
Laruns is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Canton Laruns
Mayor Robert Casadebaig
Elevation 458‚Äď2,973 m (1,500‚Äď9,750 ft)
(avg. 536 m/1,760 ft)
Land area1 248.96 km2 (96.12 sq mi)
Population2 1,419  (2006)
 - Density 6 /km2 (16 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64320/ 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.
Street in Laruns

Laruns is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

It is situated at the confluence of two mountain streams, the Gave d'Ossau and its tributary, the Valentin.[1]

Formerly part of the province of Béarn, Laruns is now within the département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, itself in France's Aquitaine région. It forms part of the arrondissement of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, and is the chef-lieu of the canton of Laruns.



Laruns is geographically the third-largest commune in metropolitan France, after Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. It includes a large area of upland, around and between the Gave d'Ossau and its tributaries, stretching as far as the border with Spain at the Col du Pourtalet, 30 km (19 mi) to the south of the village of Laruns.

The principal artery of communications through the commune is the D934 road, which runs south from the town of Pau, 40 km (25 mi) to the north, to the Col du Pourtalet. The D918 road branches off the D934 in Laruns village, and follows the Valentin before crossing the Col d'Aubisque to Argel√®s-Gazost in the next major valley to the east. There are no direct roads westward from Laruns.

Because of its large geographic size, the Laruns contains several recognisably distinct communities in addition to Laruns itself. These include:[2]

  • Pon, an area of Laruns
  • Espalungue, an area of Laruns
  • G√™tre, an area of Laruns
  • Gabas, a hamlet below the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, and where the valley road is crossed by the GR10 long distance footpath that runs the length of the Pyrenees
  • Geteu, a former commune merged into Laruns in 1828
  • Goust
  • Eaux-Chaudes, a spa situated at the southern entrance to the Gorge du Hourat
  • Artouste-Fabr√®ges, a ski resort situated in the valley of the Gave du Brousset, and the beginning of the summer scenic route to the Lac d'Artouste via the Petit train d'Artouste
  • Miegebat

Neighboring communes and municipalities:

See also


  1. ^ Reynolds, Kev (2004). The Pyrenees: The High Pyrenees from the Cirque De Lescun to the Carlit Massif. Cicerone Press. pp. 132. ISBN 1852844205.  
  2. ^ The villages of the city of Laruns

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Simple English

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


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