Nay Travel Guide

  • Village of Nay, seen from the bridge over the Gave
    Village of Nay, seen from the bridge...
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  • Bastide: arcades on the main square;
    Bastide: arcades on the main square;
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  • Celebrities in the béret musum
    Celebrities in the béret musum
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Nay Things to Do

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  • If you return to Pau, take this road

    On your way back to Pau, follow the small D37 road on the left bank of the Gave; if you do not go to Pau, here is something you may miss!Well this road goes through little villages with typical Bearnese architecture; there are many farmhouses, lots of them being renovated, not always to my taste, but well, its not me who lives there. Most of the...

  • In the mood for tea and a pastry?

    Coming back from your short walk along the river, or just because you like it, you can have a hot chocolate , or a tea at the “Délices Nayais”, a boulangerie-patisserie making also salon de thé. Well, it is a bakery with a tea room. It is located on the southern side of the square place under the arcades, near the eastern end. There is a lot of...

  • Let’s just have a walk along the Gave de...

    The river in Nay is the Gave de Pau ; there is a walking or biking track on its left (west) bank. We can see where the water was turned away to give hydraulic energy to the old mills and factories. It is now a very quiet place with small houses and gardens along and lots of individual small bridges for each house.I suggest to start the short walk...

  • Historical Saint Vincent church.

    The Saint Vincent church is a “indexed” one (In France some monuments are indexed, “monuments classes historiques”, because of their historical or architectural value). This church has been built during the 15th century and the square tower dates back to the 12th century.It is a single ship architecture with a 6 arched vaulting at the choir. The 33...

  • Have a look at the Musée Bearnais

    The Maison Carrée hosts a museum in the first and second floors; the biggest par of the museum is dedicated to furniture and interior decoration; well, I know a bit subtleties between a Bresse and a Normandy cabinet, but here among the Bearnese, are subtleties between the ones from Monein and the ones from Nay, for instance; just look at the...

  • The Maison Carrée is the interesting...

    This patrician house which now hosts the tourist office at its basement is one of the rare renaissance buildings left in its original state in Nay. In the first and second floor is a “Bearnese Museum.” It is a very rare building in Aquitaine: it is a typical Tuscany style house, build in the middle of the 16th century with a square patio; when...

  • A short tour in the village.

    Ah ! now a few words about the village of Nay itself. It is a typical bastide of which two sides are left, with the arcades. The Eastern side is now the main entrance to the village coming from the bridge over the Gave. The western side is the city hall (hotel de ville).To have a good view over the bastide, is is possible to enter the city hall and...

  • The unique beret museum in the world

    It is what is said and written here in Nay and it might be true! Strange idea to make a museum about that small piece of clothing!Once in Nay, the museum is easy to find, as there are signs everywhere, and you cannot miss it. It is located in a former factory, not far from the river (hydraulic power) from the19th century.When you enter the...

  • Finally, what is a béret?

    A Béret is made of wool and it is not just a circular piece of cloth cut from common textile. Originally the bérets were hand-knitted by the shepherds when they were watching their sheep flocks. Nowadays it is still wool but machine knitted. Once a knitted piece is big enough it is “beaten” with wooden hammers till it becomes felt, like a billiard...


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