A small mountain village in Soule, nestling at the foot of the Pic d'Orhi (at 2,017 metres), Larrau is one of the largest municipalities in the Basque Country with some 12 680 hectares. It can be discovered from the winding road down the Iraty Pass and its famous forest for fishermen, hunters, hikers and cross-country skiers in winter, a high point in the Basque Country, on a mountainside that offers visitors, sportsmen and women alike, an exceptional range of activities.

Larrau comes from larraun, a grazing moor and its cayolars provided the first economic activity. Its slate roofs are there to recall that the Souletin villages are close to those of Béarn, the geographer Georges Viers, in front of the Souletin habitat commented as follows on these houses: "built in the Béarnaise style they are white in the Basque style". Larrau has a church located on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, whose Romanesque apse and polychrome Virgin Mary can be admired.

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