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View of the Mountains from Arbouix
View of the Mountains from Arbouix
Coat of arms of Ayros-Arbouix
Coat of arms
Ayros-Arbouix is located in France
Coordinates: 43°00′20″N 0°03′52″W / 43.0056°N 0.0644°W / 43.0056; -0.0644Coordinates: 43°00′20″N 0°03′52″W / 43.0056°N 0.0644°W / 43.0056; -0.0644
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Arrondissement Argelès-Gazost
Canton Argelès-Gazost
Intercommunality Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Régis Baudiffier
Area1 2.72 km2 (1.05 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 291
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 65055 /65400
Elevation 418–880 m (1,371–2,887 ft)
(avg. 600 m or 2,000 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Ayros-Arbouix is a French commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aybouisois or Aybouisoises.[1]


Ayros-Arbouix is part of the Pyrénées National Park and is located some 10 km south of Lourdes just east of Argelès-Gazost. Access to the commune is by road D821 from Lourdes which changes to the D913 at the commune border and passes down the western side of the commune continuing south to join the D921 near Villelongue. The D13 comes from Boô-Silhen in the north and passes through the centre of the commune before continuing south to Préchac. The D100 links the D821 to the D13 in the commune. Access to the village is by a country road east from the D13. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Couture Bague south-west of the village and Arbouix in the south of the commune. The commune is mixed forest and farmland.[2]

The Gave de Pau flows along the western border of the commune as it flows north to eventually join the Gave d'Oloron forming the Gaves Réunis at Peyrehorade. The Estau river flows west through the centre of the commune to join the Gave de Pau. The Ruisseau d'Aygueberden flows west though the south of the commune to join the Gave de Pau.[2]

The Gave de Pau with the bridge from Ayros-Arbouix (left) to Argelès-Gazost

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


Arms of Ayros-Arbouix
These arms are faulty as they do not comply with the rule of tincture (Sable on Azure)

Azure, a fesse wavy enhanced of Argent, in chief the Arial letters AY to dexter and AR to sinister the same, in base a bow Sable stringed Gules and arrow notched Azure feathered and armed Or.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
1831 1831 Cazajous
1862 1862 Justin Nogue
1870 1870 Louis Cayrey
1965 1977 André Sempé
1977 1989 Louis Pédarribes
1989 2014 Jean Louis Pambrun
2014 2020 Régis Baudiffier

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 291 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
148 193 192 212 198 222 344 380 401
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
422 360 365 338 337 351 317 280 252
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
266 262 232 223 206 204 192 206 211
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
220 228 235 256 230 231 298 291 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

The Gave de Pau from the bridge
Population of Ayros-Arbouix


Arbouix village

The village has a green where Quilles de Neuf (Nine Bowls) is played.

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  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.