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Portalet Fort
N 134, 64490 Urdos Driving directions
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Jul-Aug: 10am and 2.30pm, Sun 10am; spring and autumn: Wed 10am and Sun 2.30pm - closed Easter Sun and Mon, 1 and 11 Nov

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Designed to protect one of the narrowest passages of the Aspe Valley since the early 19C, Portalet Fort is built on the hillside. It has become a historic landmark because the Vichy Regime used it as a prison for political figures between 1941 and 1945, among whom Léon Blum, Édouard Daladier, Georges Mandel and Marshal Pétain, who all spent time in this austere edifice.

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