Aran River

Infobox River | river_name = Aran

caption = The Aran in Bonloc.
origin = Mount Baigura
mouth = Adour
basin_countries = France
length = 48 km
elevation =
discharge =
watershed =

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 Bidouze.


The Aran rises on the northern side of the Baigura in Hélette. It flows between the "Zihorri" and "Atezain", collects in Mendionde waters from Macaye, flows by the former "castle of Garro", Bonloc, La Bastide-Clairence and the abbey of Belloc before joining the Adour at "Port du Vern", below Urt. There, boats named galupe, gabarre and "couralin", were used for the carriage of stones or cattle, and today still, by fishermen.

The Aran shelters a rich ecosystem where can be found pikes, carps, zanders, eels, plaices, shads, lampreys, mullets and seabasses as well as, in season, salmons and elvers.

Départements and towns

* Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Hélette, Mendionde, Bonloc, Ayherre, La Bastide-Clairence, Urt.

Main tributaries

* "Apʰara" or "Joyeuse" from Ayherre,
* "Mendialtzu" or "Zuhi Handia", from the confluence of:
** "Marmareko erreka"
** "Hazketa".


The name "Aran" proceeds from the Basque word haran(a) that means '(the) valley'.


* [ The Aran/Joyeuse at the Sandre database]

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