The Aran, from Basque Harana, is a left tributary of the
Adour, in the French Basque Country, in Aquitaine, Southwest France.
The river is also known as the "Joyeuse", which is also the name of a tributary of the
The Aran rises on the northern side of the Baigura in
Hélette. It flows between the "Zihorri" and "Atezain", collects in Mendiondewaters from Macaye, flows by the former "castle of Garro", Bonloc, La Bastide-Clairenceand the abbey of Belloc before joining the Adourat "Port du Vern", below Urt. There, boats named galupe, gabarreand "couralin", were used for the carriage of stones or cattle, and today still, by fishermen.
Départements and towns
Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Hélette, Mendionde, Bonloc, Ayherre, La Bastide-Clairence, Urt.
* "Apʰara" or "Joyeuse" from
* "Mendialtzu" or "Zuhi Handia", from the confluence of:
** "Marmareko erreka"
The name "Aran" proceeds from the Basque word haran(a) that means '(the) valley'.
* [http://sandre.eaufrance.fr/app/chainage/courdo/htm/Q83-0400.php?cg=Q83-0400 The Aran/Joyeuse at the Sandre database]
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