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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Lescar
Insee code64335
AltitudeFrom 142 to 203 meters
Surface26.50 km²
Population10304 inhabitants
Density388 inhabitants/km²


National labelLons at 4.2 km (9 min)
Chief townPau (at 8.4 km, 14 min)Artiguelouve at 4.6 km (8 min)
DepartmentPyrénées-AtlantiquesPoey-de-Lescar at 4.7 km (7 min)
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Lescar is a city with strong cultural identity and heritage with its historic monuments like the 12th century cathedral in the heart of the medieval city surrounded by ramparts. Lescar also stop on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela and as such receives many pilgrims visit.

Rich in history and culture, Lescar is a dynamic city, resolutely turned towards the future. Services for the lives of children, a full course of study, a home-school, a major economic center around three business areas involving large retail chains and more than 500 companies in all sectors. Lescar also offers many leisure through a strong network of associations and groups of 95 clubs, sports facilities including 3 new and innovative sports, a municipal school of circus, a stadium golf, swimming, tennis, shooting complex at the arc complex and trinquet ball or artificial climbing structure.

In the beginning ... From early history, the population of Lescar seems to fit in a pastoral setting. During the Roman invasions, the Beneharnenses, pastoral people and farmers living in hamlets and villages. "Lascurris Beneharnensium" was a Gallo-Roman city from the first century AD, then capital of the tribe of Beneharnenses the 4th century. Located in the lower town, the city, more commonly known Beneharnum, was razed by the Normans in 841. It was not until the 10th century, under William Sancho Duke of Gascony, the city began a new life as the Lascurris. Lescar, old fortified episcopal city, stands on the foundations of Beneharnum. All that remains of the past only a small furniture and early history of the Gallo-Roman times, the belt of ancient walls, the remains of the medieval ramparts: Door / Esquirette tower, tower of the Cathedral and Diocese Notre Dame.

Original name ... Legend has it that after the Norman invasions of 841, Beneharnum reborn from the ashes as the Lascurris, named after the creek that runs through the Lescourre. However, the arrival of the Romans, a hamlet called Lascurris probably existed near the site. Upon appointment of the City Administrative Venarni, one of the tribes Novempopulania, the city has certainly called Civitas Lascurris Beneharnensium or Beneharnensium. At its reconstruction, would Lescar regained its original name.

Patrons of the city ... This is St. Julien, the legend place as the first bishop of Beneharnum and Galactoire Saint, Bishop of authentic Beneharnum, martyred by the Visigoths in Mimizan (Landes) in 507. Only Saint Julien is celebrated today, in late August on the occasion of festivals.

Legend ... In the Middle Ages, was a city Lescar "sevenfold" search on: 7 Churches, 7 doors, 7 fountains, 7 rounds, seven mills, seven vineyards, 7 wood.

The bishopric existed from the 5th century with a cathedral, Saint-Julien, in the Lower Town. Destroyed by the Normans rebuilt in the 13th century it was again destroyed in 1569 by the Protestant troops of Montgomery. Rebuilt a third and final time in the 17th century, only the bell gable of the Romanesque church has apparently survived it. Saint-Julien Cathedral was therefore only during the second half of the first millennium. In the 10th century, it remained in the Upper Town a baptistery dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. A soldier repented, "Wolf-Fort", built in its place a chapel and a monastery under the name "Santa Maria". In 1062, the chapel was consecrated cathedral and became Bishop Lescar. During the Revolution, in 1791, he was removed and attached to that of Bayonne at the same time as that of Oloron Sainte-Marie.


Romanesque building from the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral. Check out his bedside since the cemetery on the inside, its sculpted, its mosaic of the twelfth ...

The route of St Jacques: Lescar is located on the Route d'Arles following the route of the GR 653 and crossed the Pyrenees to the Somport pass. Lescar is his refuge at the disposal of the Pilgrims.

In the footsteps of the Gallo-Roman Lescar discovered in the Gallo-Roman form of a 5.5 km hike through the city.

Hiking around the city "sevenfold" seven churches, seven rounds, seven fountains ...

Municipal swimming pool discovered in July and August.

Activities and trips for youth and adolescents.

Social space of creative play.

90 cultural associations, sports and leisure.

Baby sport.

Detailed information
MonumentsCathedral Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Performance hallsSalle Victor Hugo


Market every Wednesday afternoon 15h to 19h and Sunday morning from 9am to 13pm.

The Mysteries of the city in early September.

Music Festival in October Lescar.

Get active in late June.

Path of the heart.

July 14.

Day Lescariens: communal celebrations.

Amateur Theatre Festival.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Canyoning in the West PyreneesSports sensationsFrom 40 € to 60 €Lons (3.4 km)
Cellar tour and tasting of Jurançon wineLocal flavoursFreeGan (11.3 km)
Rafting, kayak, or hydro speedSports sensationsFrom 18 € to 33 €Oloron-Sainte-Marie (24 km)
Horse ride in the PyreneesNature and the outdoorsFrom 15 € to 700 €Sévignacq-Meyracq (24 km)

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The Notre Dame CathedralThe Notre Dame Cathedral
The plain at the foot of the ramparts of the cityThe plain at the foot of the ramparts of the city
The historic city of nightThe historic city of night
The Lake Carolina fishing, walking, relaxing, picnicsThe Lake Carolina fishing, walking, relaxing, picnics
The city from the ramparts of LescarThe city from the ramparts of Lescar
A city harmonious and supportiveA city harmonious and supportive


Its choir contains a splendid Romanesque mosaic!
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Monday 1 December
Min. 3°C - Max. 7°C


French cuisine restaurantLe Majestic  
This is the heart of Pau on Place Royale that is Le Majestic gourmet restaurant to the soothing atmosphere and refined. Let yourself be warmly welcomed by the couple Larrere in a public...
Located 6.7 km from Lescar25 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Continental  
CENTRAL – Direction le centre de Pau pour une escale dans un cadre sobre et chic! Le Continental vous accueille dans un espace cosy et vous propose détente et gourmandise à quelques...
Located 6.8 km from Lescar 
Japanese restaurantEat Sushi  
dropoff window PASSION OF HISTORY - Japanese cuisine lovers or candidates for a different experience, you are all invited to Eat Sushi Pau, the new restaurant has already taught throughout...
Located 6.8 km from Lescar9 € per person 

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Villa with 2 bedroomsVilla du Chêne    
1 bed 2 persons in room 160 in the Yellow, 140 in the Blue Room decorated in a family suite, ground floor. Bathroom with two bedrooms (two sinks, a shower bath).. Living room nice and...
Located 3.9 km from Lescar50 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsLe clos des pins    
15 mins south of Pau, overlooking the Pyrenees and on the hills among the vineyards Jurançon, enjoy the quiet of this house located in a béarnaise park of 7 000m². - At 12 minutes of...
Located 9.9 km from Lescar70 € the double room 
Farm with 5 bedroomsMaison Rancesamy     NEW
With panoramic views nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénees, this farm with its typical courtyard has been restored with taste and passion. The garden (roses, perennials, several...
Located 14.3 km from LescarFrom 80 € to 90 € the double room 

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Chalet for 6 personsLocation de vacances aux lacs d'iktus  
Located in a 100 hectares estate on the outskirts of the historic town of Pau in the Béarn, in the Aquitaine region, situated on the edge of a forest next to 50 hectares of lakes close...
Located 2.9 km from LescarFrom 360 € to 610 € per week 
Farm for 11 personsGite la hount des coges  
It is at the intersection of the valleys of Ossau, Aspe and Aimé Baretous welcomes you at the farm. This is a beautiful farmhouse typical Béarn with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees....
Located 17.1 km from LescarFrom 450 € to 550 € per week 
House for 10 personsMaison Lahorgue
Historic maison Lahorgue is a newly renovated luxury farmhouse nestling in the foothills of the magnificent Pyrenees in south-west France. Located in the centre of the tranquil village...
Located 22 km from LescarFrom 800 € to 1100 € per week 

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55 places over 2 haCamping belair    
Small campsite of 50 pitches with fishing pond, playground, snack bar, wifi, quiet and very friendly, the vineyards of Jurançon and 150 m from the village of Lasseube.
Located 13.3 km from Lescar13.50 € per day 
35 places over 1 haCamping-Hôtel Les Sapins   
Since 1959, the Hotel and Camping The Trees is a holiday destination or transit. This small rustic and authentic campsite can accommodate 100 people on level ground and part shade....
Located 14.3 km from LescarFrom 11.50 € to 12 € per day 
75 places over 20 haLes ô kiri    
Between sea and mountains in the Pyrenees Atlantiques okiri 25 cabins 10 mobile home, 2 tithome lake, 3 cottages canvas and wood, beach, water ski on cable sports whitewater, climbing...
Located 19.8 km from LescarFrom 18 € to 20 € per day 

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Inter-Hotel Vamcel Pau Lescar - Hotel in LescarInter-Hotel Vamcel Pau Lescar     
Located 10 km from the centre of Pau, Pau Train Station and the A64-A65 motorway, Inter-hotel Vamcel has a bar, free Wi-Fi, free parking, 2 fitness rooms and 2 saunas. The soundproofed...
Located in LescarRoom from 70 €
ibis budget Pau Lescar - Hotel in Lescaribis budget Pau Lescar     
With a 24-hour front desk, this hotel is 1.8 km from the centre of Lescar and 6.6 km from Pau. It offers a lift, rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi access. All the soundproofed...
Located in LescarRoom from 35 €
Novotel Pau Lescar - Hotel in LescarNovotel Pau Lescar     
Located 10 minutes from the airport in the foothills of the Pyrenées, this hotel is ideal for families and business travellers alike, offering spacious rooms with garden or pool views....
Located in LescarRoom from 45 €

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Quality Hotel Pau Centre Bosquet
This hotel is located in Pau City Centre, close to the historic district. It features a fitness room and a sauna, and free Wi-Fi access is offered in the...
Le Grand Large
This hotel is situated in the centre of Biarritz, 200 metres from the old harbour and 400 metres from the beach. This hotel...
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