Col du Pourtalet, Laruns

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The Col du Pourtalet, El Portalet or Portalet d'Aneu is a mountain pass and border crossing in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain. The pass reaches an elevation of 1,794 m (5,886 ft), and links the Ossau and Tena valleys.

The road across the pass is known as the A-136 on the Spanish side, and links to Biescas and Huesca. On the French side the D934 road connects the pass to the towns of Laruns, Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Pau. The pass is kept open in the winter, but in case of heavy snowfall may be closed for a couple of days. Due to the Schengen Agreement the checkpoint is not functional nowadays.

The French side of the pass falls within the commune of Laruns in the département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, whilst the Spanish side is within the municipality of Sallent de Gállego within the province of Huesca.

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  • Col du Pourtalet is a mountain located in the border between France and Spain (between Formigal and Artouste). In fact, it was the first time I crossed a border after Covid confinement, so I am very.....  more »
  • Driving between Laruns and Pourtalet was one of the most memorable experiences of our trip. On the way to Col du Pourtalet, just outside Laruns in France, are the Gorges du Hourat, a very pretty...  more »
  • If you need scenic views of the Pyrenees it is well worth the journey.
  • A challenging climb on the road bike
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