Adour seen from the bridge at Aire-sur-l'Adour
|Native name||L'Adour (m)|
2,200 m (7,200 ft)
|River mouth||Atlantic Ocean
|Basin size||16,880 km2 (6,520 sq mi)|
|Length||324 km (201 mi)|
The Adour (Basque: Aturri, Occitan: Ador) is a river in southwestern France. It rises in High-Bigorre (Pyrenees), at the Col du Tourmalet, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay) near Bayonne. It is 324 kilometres (201 mi) long, of which the uppermost 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) as the Adour du Tourmalet. At its final stretch, i.e. on its way through Bayonne and a short extent upstream, the river draws the borderline between the Northern Basque Country and Landes regions.
Places along the river
Départements and towns along the river include:
- Hautes-Pyrénées: Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Tarbes, Maubourguet
- Gers: Riscle
- Landes: Aire-sur-l'Adour, Dax, Tarnos
- Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Bayonne
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- Commission Européenne—Natura 2000: Cartographie du Barthes de l'Adour—(French) — maps of the Adour and Adour Basin.
- Natura 2000 Sites d'Intérêt Communautaire par la France: Barthes de l'Adour — (French)
- Gouv.fr: Natura 2000 en France—(French) — website homepage.
- European Commission: official Natura 2000 Network website— — "the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy."
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