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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Pau - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

At the foot of the Pyrenees, close to the ski slopes, the ocean and Spain, Pau has a climate and an exceptional location.

Birthplace of Henri IV, a land of history, gastronomy, wine, sports, culture, conventions, trade ... Let yourself be charmed by this unusual destination!

Many major events throughout the year: Carnival Bearnais in February, Grand Prix in May and Modern History, Tour de France, Hestiv'Oc Festival in August, the stars of Pau (CCI **** riding ) in October ...

Pau, become historic capital of Béarn in 1464, offers gastronomic specialties of southwestern and dishes typical Béarn or Pau: boiled chicken, the cabbage soup, sauce Bearnaise, foie gras, confit, duck breast and to goose Coucougnettes of the Vert Galant, voted best candy in France in 2000, the Jurançon, dry white wine or sweet renowned; wonders, crispy fritters traditionally made for Mardi Gras, the honey from the hills of Jurançon and St. Faust .

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.2951000 (N 43° 17’ 42”)
Longitude-0.3707970 (W 0° 22’ 15”)
AltitudeFrom 165m to 245m
Surface area31.51 km²
Population80238 inhabitants
Density2546 inhabitants/km²
Insee code64445
IntercommunalityCA Pau-Pyrénées

Nearest cities & towns

Bizanos2 km (6 min)
Billère3 km (9 min)
Gelos3.2 km (9 min)
Jurançon3.6 km (9 min)
Lons5.1 km (12 min)
Aressy5.2 km (11 min)
Mazères-Lezons5.2 km (11 min)
Uzos6.3 km (12 min)
Idron6.3 km (13 min)
Meillon6.7 km (12 min)
Laroin7.4 km (14 min)
Rontignon7.6 km (14 min)
Lescar7.9 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Sights in Pau:

The National Museum of Pau the Bernadotte Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts.

The funicular.

The Palais Beaumont.

Boulevard des Pyrenees.

The white water stadium Pau Pyrenees.

The golf-club-Pau Billère.

The National Stud-Pau Gelos ...

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls


Castle Pau
Castle Pau
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Pau Castle
Pau Castle
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Castle Pau
Castle Pau
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Boulevard des Pyrenees
Boulevard des Pyrenees
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Pyrenees Boulevard
Pyrenees Boulevard
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Funicular Pau
Funicular Pau
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Palais Beaumont Conference Centre History Pau
Palais Beaumont Conference Centre History Pau
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Place Clemenceau
Place Clemenceau
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Monday 31 august
Min. 16°C - Max. 27°C
Tuesday 1 september
Min. 13°C - Max. 17°C
Wednesday 2 september
Min. 13°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Cathedral of Lescar.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning in Hautes-Pyrénées
Sports sensations45 € to 480 € Lourdes (35 km)
Canyon descent in the Pyrenees
Sports sensations40 € to 460 € Bagnères-de-Bigorre (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Guided tour of Eaux-Bonnes
Village visitEasy1h00Eaux-Bonnes (36 km)
The Mills and Church of Arcizans-Dessus
Village visitEasy1h00Gaillagos (38 km)
Soulor Pass - Val d'Azun, Pyrénées
HikeEasy1h15Arrens-Marsous (38 km)
Tech lake, Val d'Azun - Pyrénées
HikeEasy1h55Arrens-Marsous (43 km)
Nerbiou Peak
HikeEasy2h00Beaucens (43 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals