Built in 1846 on the orders of Louis Philippe to guard the border of the Pyrenees, The Fort of Portalet is set against a cliff overlooking the Gave d'Aspe, facing the path of The Mast “La Mature”.
It was responsible for protecting the pass of Somport from Spanish incursions and owes its’ notoriety to political figures who were interned under the Vichy regime such as Blum, Daladier, Reynaud, Mandel, Gamelin and then after the war, Petain.
The Fort of Portalet was declared a historical monument in 2005 and is in the process of being restored. It is open to visitors in the Summer, by reservation only, at the Tourist Office.
The tours are on Wednesday afternoons from July 7th to August 25th. Places are limited and reservations are required by phone, 05 5934 5757.
As the fort is being restored and not yet equipped to receive a large number visitors, we apologize to those who are disappointed at not being able to access the site due to our current limitation of numbers on these planned visits.