PAU and its region
Nestling in a nook of greenery between the ocean and the mountains, Pau is the town where the living is easy ! In a subtle blend of history and modernity, lifestyle and cuisine, Pau invites you to take a stroll along the 'Boulevard des Pyrénées' and around its parks and gardens, to discover its monuments (Henry IV's Castle, Museum of Fine Arts, Musée Bernadote...)
www.musee-chateau-pau.fr, to experience the thrills and spills of Pau's Grand Prix, to feel the speed at Pau-Arnos motor-racing circuit www.circuit-pau-arnos.com, to try your luck at the Casino housed in the historic setting of the "Palais des Congrès" convention centre www.pau-congres.com or at one of the horse-racing meetings www.hippodrome-pau.com, without forgetting to savour the local cuisine, including its famous "poule au pot" (chicken stew), accompanied by a good bottle of Jurançon wine. (see more on www.vins-jurancon.fr / http://www.cavedejurancon.com).
in the Bearn region...
Get away from it all !
Follow the highroads and byroads in the footsteps of the Musketeers www.mousqbaretous.com and discover the authentic charm of the Barétous, Aspe and Ossau Valleys, their cheeses, their cold-meat specialities... without forgetting the historic sites of Salies-de-Béarn www.thermes-de-salies.com, Sauveterre, Orthez and Oloron www.tourisme-oloron.com. Climb to the top of the highest peaks to glide down snow-covered slopes www.gourette.com, www.lapierrestmartin.com, www.n-py.com, www.altiservice.com. To accompany those which wish it in the mountain, contact Pau guide's office www.guides-pau.com. Take advantage of the mild temperatures to hike along the trails and footpaths of St. James of Compostela... or simply admire the preserved mountain landscapes and vineyards.
at the gateway to the Landes...
Welcome to the "Côte d'argent" : a huge pine forest bordered by beaches stretching as far as the eye can see www.plages-landes.info. Try your hand at any water sport or simply watch one of several international surfing competitions... Head inland on foot, on horseback or on a bike to discover the forest www.parc-landes-de-gascogne.fr, practise your swing on its many golf courses all year round thanks to the mild climate, go to watch a "course Landaise" (type of acrobatic bullfighting involving no bloodshed) www.courselandaise.org, or taste the local cuisine...
near the Hautes-Pyrénées...
Are you a nature-lover ? Here are a few ideas for a getaway : Gavarnie natural circus www.gavarnie.com, the Pyrenean National Park www.parc-pyrenees.com, Néouvielle Nature Reserve, the "Pic du Midi" mountain www.picdumidi.com, the waterfalls at Pont d'Espagne, Betharram Caves www.betharram.com... And don't miss the most picturesque stages of the Tour de France ! For sports-lovers, there are also miles of ski slopes and hiking trails stretching far across the massif...
in close proximity to Lourdes...
And don't leave without visiting the Sanctuary of Lourdes which, each year, welcomes more than 11 million visitors from all over the world... www.lourdes-france.com
at the gateway to Gers...
"If country life is what you're looking for, Gers is the place for you..." In the footsteps of d'Artagnan www.mousquetaires.asso.fr, take a journey of discovery around Gers' rich and varied heritage sites (Route des Bastides, Route de Castelnau, Auch Cathedral, Château de Lavardens, the Gallo-Roman Villa of Séviac...), savour its "foie gras" www.foie-gras-gers.com, "confits" and St. Mont wines www.plaimont.com, taste its Armagnac www.armagnac.fr, let your hair down to the sounds of its festivals (Bandas de Condom, Corrida de Vic, Jazz in Marciac...), breathe the pure, fresh air on the hiking trails of this "French Tuscany", and relax at the thermal springs of Barbotan-les-Thermes... pleasure for all the senses !
just a stone's throw from the Basque Country...
With its history, its traditions and its know-how, the Basque Country is unique... from Hendaye to Bayonne via St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the festival spirit mingles with the local cuisine. Try your hand at pelota or the Basque trials of strength... visit its grottos and caves, taste the "piment d'Espelette" (locally-produced chilli pepper) www.pimentdespelette.com and Iraty pure ewes'-milk cheese...
Feel like lazing around ? Take advantage of its famous beaches to relax or, for the more adventurous, make the most of this surfers' paradise...
Need to get back into shape or simply spoil yourself ? Try thalassotherapy in one of the many spas...
Whether it's cultural happenings, sports matches, leisure activities or gastronomic get-togethers, in Pau and its surrounding region, the events just keep on coming ! Here is a far-from-exhaustive list of a few of them for the next few months :
From 18th to 20th November : "Ideas lead the World" Literature Festival in Pau
- Tél : +33 (0)5 59 27 27 08 www.pau-pyrenees.com
From 21 to 22th : Opened doors in Madiran wine storehouses
- Tél : +33 (0)5 62 31 90 67 www.madiran-story.fr
14th December : Opened doors in Jurancon
40 domains and 40 wine growers / Wine house of Lacommande
Tél : +33 (0)5 59 82 70 30
22th : "Grand Prix de Pau" steeplechase
Tél : +33 (0)5 59 13 07 00
28 to 29th : Weekend introduction to telemark skiing in Gourette
Tél : +33 (0)5 59 05 33 08
5th : "Grand Cross de Pau" cross-country steeplechase
Tél : +33 (0)5 59 13 07 00
End of March : "Coupe de France des circuits" track-racing championship
Tél : +33 (0)5 62 09 02 49
24-25 & 26th March : St Mont Wine Festival
Tél : +33 (0)5 62 69 62 87
End of April : Easter Cups race meeting at Nogaro
Tél : +33 (0)5 62 09 02 49
(Béarn & Basque country)
- Office de tourisme de Pau
- Béarn Pyrénées Tourisme
- Gîtes de France Pyrénées Atlantiques
- Logis des Pyrénées Atlantiques
- Farmhouse accomodation in Basque Country
In town center
- Hôtel Parc Beaumont*****
- Hôtel Villa Navarre*****
- Hôtel Best Western Continental***
- Hôtel de Gramont***
- Quality Hotel Pau Centre Bosquet ***
- Hôtel Ibis Pau Centre ***
Within 15 mn from the airport
- Hôtel Novotel Pau Lescar ****
- Hôtel Kyriad Prestige, Palais des Sports****
- Hôtel Mercure, Palais des Sports***
- Hôtel Best Western La Palmeraie Pau ***
- Hôtel Eden Park***
- Hôtel Vamcel***
- Hôtel Ibis Lescar***
- All suites Appart Hotel
Close to the airport
- Hôtel NEMO**, in front of the airport
Several car-hire companies have offices at Pau-Pyrenees Airport, together with a fleet of some 400 vehicles in a specially-reserved car park. Please feel free to ask for information at their desks, which are located on the ground floor of the terminal, just next to the shops and restaurants.