The old bastide of Mauléon was built on the banks of the river that takes its name, the Gave de Mauléon, also known as the Gave de Saison. It is overlooked by the remains of the old chateau on top of the hill behind.
The history of Mauléon is that of the changing fortunes of the Soule: once controlled by the dukes of Gascony, then by the English, then by the counts of Foix before it finally became part of France.
Today Mauléon, building on an industrial tradition that started at the beginning of the last century, manufactures 70% of the French production of espadrilles.
|Gave de Saison or Mauléon categ 1, salmon and sea trout ||Fishing|
|Old castle ||Medieval fortifications|
|High on a hill overlooking the town lies the old castle of Mauléon, the Chateau du Malus-Leo or roughly speaking the bad lion; from where the old lords of the Soule surveyed their domaine. The walls are still largely intact and you can walk round the parapet. There is a small display on the prehistory and history of the area. The picture on the Medieval fortifications page is of Mauléon castle.|
|Moncayolle: deer forest ||Natural History|
|Visit a deer herd during a walk in their natural habitat. They will come and eat from your hands. Open June - August or by appointment.|
|Moncayolle: deer park ||Natural History|
|At A l'Orée du Bois you can visit deer and even feed them during the summer. Open afternoons 14/7 - 20/8 otherwise make an appointment.|
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