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Pau

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Pau - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
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Ideally located halfway between the sea and the mountains, at the heart of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the historic capital of Béarn invites you to discover its many treasures!

An emblematic monument of the city, Pau Castle was in turn a fortress of the Viscounts of Béarn, a castle fort under Gaston Phoebus and a royal residence in the Renaissance. It is famous for being the birthplace of Henry IV, King of France and Navarre, in 1553. Now converted into a national museum, this majestic building is a listed Historic Monument and houses an impressive collection of Flanders and Gobelins tapestries from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries! The prestigious "room of a hundred covers" and its immense oak table, the King's chamber and his tortoiseshell crib, and the apartment of the Empress Eugenie, with its delicate Sèvres porcelain, turn a visit here into an unforgettable journey through time. Pau Castle also has a landscaped park with wonderful Renaissance gardens, ideal for a leisurely stroll... A haven of tranquillity where you can enjoy a short break before continuing with your exploration of the medieval side streets in the historic city centre.

Then head to the lovely Beaumont Park with its beautiful trees, and be sure to go via the unmissable Boulevard des Pyrénées. A real panoramic balcony, this 1,800 metre-long walk offers wonderful views of the Pyrenees mountaintops in fine weather...Splendid!

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Pau

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

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

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

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Events and festivities

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

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Pau Castle
Pau Castle
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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 Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Funicular Pau
Funicular Pau
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Palais Beaumont, Pau Historic Conference Centre of
Palais Beaumont, Pau Historic Conference Centre of
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Place Clemenceau
Place Clemenceau
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train arrives at the castle district
train arrives at the castle district
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The train to the castle of Pau Henri IV
The train to the castle of Pau Henri IV
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Cathedral of Lescar.

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