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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

When you arrive at Pau, human capital, you will be enchanted by this exceptional panoramic view of the Pyrenees. The Béarn capital offers a unique route through parks and gardens on Pyrenean backgrounds. Climbing up the famous Boulevard des Pyrénées offers the opportunity to discover places of relaxation and history. A heritage from the 19th century English period, Beaumont Park is a green setting that now houses the magnificent Beaumont Palace, a historic convention center. Very quickly, you are in the heart of a dynamic city center, totally renewed, notably with the Hédas district, a pretty walk bordered by vegetation and playful facilities. A night visit is a must!

And then, we do not forget the first golf course of the continent 1856, the 2nd most important equine training center, its whitewater stadium unique in France for aquatic activities on the banks of the river Le Gave de Pau, its Museum of Fine Arts… and its gastronomy with the many restaurants and the brand new Pau hall, a colorful daily market.

A symbol? It would certainly be the birth of the most beloved king of the French, Henri IV, who was born in 1553 in the magnificent castle of Pau

Today, a new wind is blowing in the capital of Béarn! A creative, cultural, economic and sporting impetus takes hold of the royal city. This dynamic territory, where life is good, is becoming one of the most attractive in France!

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Events and festivities

Many major events throughout the year:

Basque Pelota and Cesta Punta: Training or Initiation
Indie Summer 2021
Les Rencontres du Parvis
Hybrid Workshops
Festival of Urban Cultures
The Beginning of the Workshops
Exhibition of the Month in Les Halles
Les Halles in September
Exhibition by Patricia Rosefeld
Méliès programming from September 8 to October 5, 2021

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Castle Pau
Castle Pau
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Castle Pau
Castle Pau
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Castle Pau
Castle Pau
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Castle Pau
Castle Pau
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Castle Boulevard des Pyrenees Pau
Castle Boulevard des Pyrenees Pau
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National Museum Castle Pau
National Museum Castle Pau
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Funicular Pau
Funicular Pau
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Palais Beaumont, Historic Congress Center of Pau
Palais Beaumont, Historic Congress Center of Pau
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Place Clémenceau
Place Clémenceau
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Arrival of the little train in the castle district
Arrival of the little train in the castle district
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The little train of Pau in front of the Henri castle IV
The little train of Pau in front of the Henri castle IV
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View of the Boulevard des Pyrénées
View of the Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Rafting on the Gave de Pau facing the castle
Rafting on the Gave de Pau facing the castle
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Coteaux de Jurançon
Coteaux de Jurançon
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Coteaux du Jurançon
Coteaux du Jurançon
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Roofs of Pau
Roofs of Pau
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Terrace on the boulevard des Pyrénées
Terrace on the boulevard des Pyrénées
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Orchester de Pau Pays de Béarn
Orchester de Pau Pays de Béarn
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Shopping in the city center
Shopping in the city center
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Halles de Pau and producer tiles
Halles de Pau and producer tiles
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Place Royale
Place Royale
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Historic heart
Historic heart
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Festival Hestiv'Oc
Festival Hestiv'Oc
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Parc Beaumont
Parc Beaumont
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Restaurants of the place Royale
Restaurants of the place Royale
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Palais Beaumont, historic convention center
Palais Beaumont, historic convention center
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Vines in Jurançon
Vines in Jurançon
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Visit on the boulevard des Pyrénées
Visit on the boulevard des Pyrénées
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Visit of the castle
Visit of the castle
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Grand Prix automobile de Pau
Grand Prix automobile de Pau
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Hestiv'Oc
Hestiv'Oc
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Festival Street art tour in the city center
Festival Street art tour in the city center
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Hédas district
Hédas district
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Sunset on the boulevard
Sunset on the boulevard
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Le Tour des Géants
Le Tour des Géants
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Pau Golf Club 1856
Pau Golf Club 1856
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Musée des Beaux Arts
Musée des Beaux Arts
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Ideas lead the world
Ideas lead the world
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King Henry IV
King Henry IV
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Renaissance Gardens
Renaissance Gardens
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Skate park
Skate park
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Inspiration Pau
Inspiration Pau
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Pic du Midi d'Ossau
Pic du Midi d'Ossau
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Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
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