Nestling in a nook of greenery between the ocean and the mountains, Pau is the town where it feels good to live! 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 Bernadotte...), to experience the thrills and spills of Pau's Grand Prix, to feel the speed at Pau-Arnos motor-racing circuit, to try your luck at the Casino housed in the historic setting of the "Palais des Congrès" convention centre or at one of the horse-racing meetings, without forgetting to savour the local cuisine, including its famous "poule au pot" (chicken stew), accompanied by a good bottle of Jurançon wine from the cellar of Gan.
Discover the region
Destination Béarn Pyrénées
Hike in the National Park of the Pyrenees, break in a shepherd's hut in valley of Aspe, Ossau or Baretous, in the footsteps of Henri IV in Pau, in the Pays de Nay or around a glass of Jurançon at Coeur du Béarn, Madiran or AOC Béarn.
The Béarn Pyrenees is a lively and audacious territory where one likes dream with eyes wide open, to discover the Countries of Art and History of Piemont Oloronais and Bearn of Gaves. Discover the Béarn Pyrenees for a weekend or on your next vacation. Welcome to Béarn Pyrenees !
The Basque Country
With its history, its traditions and its know-how, the Basque Country is unique... from Hendaye to Biarritz and 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) 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...
LOURDES AND HAUTES PYRENEES
Don't leave the region without visiting the Sanctuary of Lourdes which, every year, welcomes more than 11 million visitors from all over the world...
Are you a nature-lover ? Here are a few ideas for a getaway : Gavarnie natural cirque, the Pyrenean National Park, Néouvielle Nature Reserve, the "Pic du Midi" mountain, the waterfalls at Pont d'Espagne, Betharram Caves... 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...
Welcome to the "Côte d'argent" : a huge pine forest bordered by beaches stretching as far as the eye can see Plages-landes. 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, 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), or taste the local cuisine...
"If country life is what you're looking for, Gers is the place for you..." In the footsteps of d'Artagnan, 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", "confits" and St. Mont wines, taste its Armagnac, 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 !
Cultural happenings, sports matches, leisure activities or gastronomic get-togethers, in Pau and its region... the events just keep on coming! Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of them :
- 21st June : Music fair in Pau
- 24th June to 3rd July : Des Rives et des Notes Jazz fair in Oloron
- 21st July : Tour de France 18th Stage in the Pyrenees Lourdes-Hautacam
- 21st July to 7th August : L'été à Pau. Free outdoor concerts in Pau
Crédit image : OTC Pau – D. Guillamasse
- 26th to 30th October : 5 stars international horse trials The Stars of Pau
- Mid-November : "Ideas lead the world" Litterature Festival in Pau
Crédit image: OTC Pau