A medieval towered bridge is the main landmark in Orthez. Dating back to 1370 or thereabouts, it was once used for throwing off criminals! It was extensively restored about a hundred years ago, having been seriously damaged by Wellington’s army in 1814. Note the little window in its central tower; this was early rubbish disposal whereby garbage was simply tossed out into the river.
It is a short stroll from here to the Tourist Office housed in an impressive building the Maison de Jeanne d’Albret, a restored Bearnaise pigeonnier and courtyard.