Pau Travel Guide

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Pau Highlights

  • Pro
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    Toyin says…

     Nice quiet town 

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     No Longer A Vacation Destination 

  • In a nutshell
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     a neglected historic treasure 

Pau Things to Do

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  • The heart of Bearn

    The village of Monein, sys itself it is in the heart of Bearn! It is a nice village , located 30 km West of Pau, direction Mourenx, (or Bayonne, and turn left after 20 km), counting 4000 inhabitants. The village itself is picturesque but the most important features there are the gothic St Girons church and that it is located in the heart of the...

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  • Church St Girons

    Church St Girons , built in the end 15th and beginning 16th centuries is said to be the biggest gothic church of Bearn. It was for some time a protestant temple, but in the mid 17th century it became definitely catholic. The remarkable thing here is the framework under the roof.; this returned ship framework is the most impressive I have seen and I...

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  • The famous Jurançon wine

    Do not live Monein without a visit to a wine producer!I was recently (Beginning Dec. 2006) at “Domaine Cauhapé”, probably one of the best in the area; he produces 3 dry white, 6 sweet white and 1 red wines. Henri Ramonteu, the owner, when he is there welcomes the visitors himself and organises a visit to the vineyards, where he explains why he uses...

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  • Good King Henri's Castle

    Pau Castle is a mixture of styles, filled with amazing furnishings and well worth a visit. Henri IV Le Bon Roi of France was born here in 1553 and his turtle shell cradle is on display. However, it was local Bearnais hero, Vicomte Gaston Febus who created much of the chateau in the 14th century. As well as the turtle shell cradle, there is an oak...

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  • The Church of St. Martin

    There was not much of interest in the Church of St. Martin other than that it large and close by the Chateau. It is, I think, 19C, and is neo-Gothic in style and quite spacious inside and quite tall with four large levels. We usually do not look at recent churches but this seems to be the oldest one in town. Unlike older churches, its narrow entry...

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  • A Collection of Tapestries of the 15 &...

    To people with a strong interest in the development of tapestry as an Art form, the walk through of the Chateau at Pau is a rewarding experience. There are how ever, as is usual with many collections, some difficulties. Most collections are set out with little feeling about the relationship to the other members of the collection. Luckily the newest...

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Pau Restaurants

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  • My favourite

    My favourite restaurant in Pau; it is wonderfully settled near the palm trees orchard, at the feet of the Boulevard des Pyrénées escarpment, opposite the train station, near the funicular.The dining rooms are in sorts of greenhouses, all glass and steel, with beautiful plants for decoration; excellent staff, knowing what they serve. . . food and...

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  • No, no, nothing about drugs. . .

    I am not against drug addiction, but of course do not make publicity for! I like the name of this small restaurant, located off the beaten paths, and at short walking distance from the Chateau. The name reminds Orient, and yes, it is a Far east restaurant, offering mainly Thai dishes, but there is also local food. So, Orient, unexpensive (buffet...

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  • Lunch or dinner with view on the...

    No gastronomy, but a wonderful view on the Pyrenees; l’Aragon is located on the Boulevard des Pyrénées, and having lunch outside, with that view should be a “thing to do” when in Pau. There are several restaurants on the Boulevard des Pyrénées, but this one is the less “tourist trapping” restaurant. I do not really remember the food (probably...

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  • A little gastronomical jewel in the old...

    La Table d'Hôte is located in the “rue du Hédas “, in the old quarter of Pau; you can reach the area either walking down one of the stairways coming from the main streets ( rue des Cordeliers, rue René Fournets. . . ) or from the western end, close to the Chateau; and going there, you will see some little monumentslike the fountain on picture...

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  • Where "important ", "busy" people have...

    Very well located in the city centre, on Place Royale Le Champagne enjoys a terrace under the shade of linden trees, where people working in the surrounding offices or shops have their lunch; so, for lunch, not very sophisticated cuisine, but fresh and excellent; local style food mainly. For dinner (and in summer, on the terrace too!), a bit more...

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  • Here you learn about local high cuisine!

    Labarthe is one of the places where I like to take my visitors to Pau for a dinner, I am sure they will not be disappointed! Labarthe is located in the small village of Bosdarros, about 10 km south of Pau, on top of a hill in the Pyrenees foothills.Chef E. Dequin had an international career, before coming back to his home village, where he blends...

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Pau Nightlife

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  • Casino and Congress Centre

    The Palais de Congrès Beaumont is built to evoke the Belle Epoque era that was likely the last time that Pau was a major tourist destination, but it is nevertheless distinctly modern. The large casino sign at its door should alert you to the fact that this is a house of gaming, although it is also a nice addition to the pretty Parc Beaumont of...

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  • Walk around the chateau at night.

    With fine weather, it is a nice short walk and it is quite interesting to see the chateau with different light, revealing details or a different atmosphere than from daytime. Probably the best way to do it is after a dinner in the old city, to walk up the rue Henri IV and to see the well lit white Louis Philippe Tower. The chateau is lit here from...

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  • Barrio Libre - PAU

    Can't say much about this place as everything took place in the dark of Night. Some friends from TOTAL came like commandos to our hotel and offer to SPOIL us a little.. So, I dressed up, though am not very nucturnal. The rest is history..heavy music, lots of drinks, wine, ..everything that you see in a night club. Excellent!

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Pau Transportation

  • The Funicular

    Pau is a pretty small town, and it is unlike that you will really need to use public transportation to get around, unless you are really going far afield or you have mobility issues. Still, it can be a bad hike to get from the train station up to the Castle area, and it is a good idea to use the funicular. It's free, it gives you a good view of the...

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  • Make sure you get a seat on the left...

    Pau is located in the South west corner of France, 700 km from Paris. Driving to Pau from Paris is quite long and one may have to consider air transport or train.Pau airport is a rather small one; it has 10daily Air France flights to Paris (Orly and Roissy) and 3 daily flights to Lyon.Many British and North European have more and more Bearn as...

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  • BUS

    There are several of these buses in Pau, and they are very timely and reliable means of moving from point to point. Though I have a personal car for these trip, but these buses are very visible all about the town.

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Pau Shopping

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  • Delicatessen

    Francis Miot creates marmelades, chocolates, aphrodisiac bonbons, and funny specialities (funny in french)... Les coucougnettes, les tétons, les castagnes, les chocolats, le choco'cisson, les confitures et notamment à la Couille du pape ou encore au Gratte-cul. Bref, tout un programme...

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  • Fancy Baked Beans, Curry or Brown Ale?

    Chuckle... I realise Pau is described as a very English city, but I didn't expect to see a shop filled to the brim with British food :-)The Little London Larder opened in 2006 and is run by a friendly and knowledgable French lady. She previously lived in London selling typical French food!!You will find all the 'home comforts' from Britain here -...

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  • The upscale shopping centre

    This is essentially a mall, and there is nothing that really makes it special or unique when compared with other shopping centres. The thing is that this is the best place to go for decent priced goods that are name brand, and also a good place to go for coffee or food where you needn't fear falling into a tourist trap. Here you will find SFR,...

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Pau Local Customs

  • A Day at The Races

    Since I live in Pau, I was twice at the races, and, if not fun as in the Marx Brothers movie, as a totally non-competent and non-involved (I do not bet) I find it interesting to spend one or two hours in this special ambience, walking around, and watch as much at the people as at the horses. . . . Pau is a quite important place for races in France...

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  • A Day at The Races (cont. . .)

    At the races, the horses are interesting but the people in the audience are worth a look too!First of all, it seems in Pau, people like to go to the races as you see on the main picture where the 3500 places gallery is crowded.Interesting characters can then be observed here or there, with all sorts of people in the audience from very young to old,...

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  • Public Restrooms

    Ah, what would a trip to a French city be without acquainting yourself with the public restrooms? This is a cleverly disguised one - and one that requires payment to use. If you know that you can't hold it very long, make sure that you have plenty of small change. These booths aren't cheap, and they don't accept cards or bills.

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Pau Warnings and Dangers

  • Don’t mess with these guys!

    Ah, not a really original warning and danger tip, like the previous one, but, it is not bad to remind all of us that there are rules and if we do not like to follow rules (it is my case, specially the ones involving police. . . hahaha), we may put us in . . . . well not danger but some unpleasant trouble. In Pau there are 2 sorts of police: the one...

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  • Take care where you put your feet !!

    Well, it is not a big danger, but something rather unpleasant putting your feet in dog’s sh*t! This happens quite often, specially if you are a tourist (or a dreamer like me !), looking around, having the eyes caught by a building, some nice or funny looking person, or a flower, and suddenly Sh******t!, you slip over one of those leftovers! GRRRR,...

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Pau Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Lescar Cathedral at the Edge...

    The city of Lescar was thriving 1000 years before Pau was begun. This was the center of Bearn at that time. In the early 12C the cathedral of Lescar was built. Its most attractive elements are the Romanesque12C capitals lining the nave and the modillions on the outside of the chevet. We have more listed under Lescar itself.

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  • A walk about the old town

    I think that I may have given the impression that Pau is a lacklustre attraction. That's not entirely true. Certainly, I wouldn't suggest to anyone that they should plan for a week-long vacation here. Neverthteless, if you are in a comfortable hotel, away from the rowdy and sleazy newer parts of town, I think that it could be quite enjoyable to...

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  • Place Verdun

    I'm not sure if there is really any significance to Place Verdun, or if it is really just a regular square with shops and a hotel and restaurants, but for some reason it took my fancy while I was wandering about Pau. It is a fairly heavy traffic area, so it's not that it was tranquil and relaxing. Rather, I think that it was because of the arcades,...

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Pau Sports & Outdoors

  • Cauterets.

    Cauterets is an old thermal resort of the Western Pyrenees, where the healing properties of the waters (rheumatology, lungs diseases) are known since the Roman Empire. It developed since the 19th century and has thousands of visitors each year for its curative establishments.In winter, ski is of course the main activity, with two ski domains:...

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  • Artouste ski resort.

    Artouste is a rather small ski resort in the High Ossau Valley, on the road from Pau to Spain, via the Pourtalet Pass. In winter ski is the main activity of this resort, but it offers also summer activities, with a little train (the highest train in Europe!) which reaches the Artouste high mountain lake, from the Col de la Sagette, where you can...

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  • The Billère Golf, the first golf course...

    I am not at all a golf player, but it may interest some of the readers to know if there are golfing possibilities in Pau.Yes there are, and the golf here is the oldest course in France and even continental Europe! This golf was created in 1856, as an English importation product!The Pau golf club is a somehow “high class” society, as there are only...

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Pau Favorites

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  • Skiing in the Pau area

    If you are in the Pau area in Winter, and if you like skiing (or just mountain and snow. . .. . ), there are a number of possibilities to go for some good downhill ski, and there are some places for cross country ski (but in mountain); I do not tell about ski-trekking which is also an activity some people practice here around (club alpin)The ski...

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  • NIGHTLIFE and QUARTIER LIBRE

    The nightlife in PAU is very interesting and enjoyable if you are in the right company with the locals. The location in the pic is where you can do everything from shopping to restaurants, and nightclubing. The popular Bario Libre is here and the night club operates up to 6am in the morning.

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  • Pau, capital of Béarn

    Pau is pronounced 'POH' in French, but 'POW' by the people of the Béarn. I found it very easy to orientate myself. There is a parking place under the Boulevarde de Pyrenees. Come to the surface, face one way and you're looking at the mountains. Turn right and you're looking along the Boulevarde de Pyrenees. Turn right again and you'll see a square...

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Mementos from Chateau At Time of Henri
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Inside the Chateau on the Ground Floor
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The Court of Honor of the Chateau
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Seeing the Outside Walls of the Chateau
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A Visit to the Musee des Beaux-Arts
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Inside the Parc Beaumont and Past the Casino
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Visit the Blvd. des Pyrenees
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Musée Bernadotte
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Place de la Libération
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Monument aux Combattants
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L'Église Saint-Jacques
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L'Église Saint-Martin
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Place Royale
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Gardens below the Boulevard des Pyrénées
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Parlement du Navarre
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Château de Pau
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Musée des Beaux Arts
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See the Tour de France in the Pyrenees
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The wonderful shepherd’s umbrella
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Lucq de Bearn is also a very nice village.
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The old Roman style outside.
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The church of Lucq de Bearn: the altar
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Lucq de bearn,a wonderful church in a nice village
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Modern vintage
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Grand prix de Pau Historique: gentlemen drivers
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Grand prix de Pau historique: the old roadsters.
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Grand prix historique: vintage car races.
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Grand prix de Pau; a walk in the paddocks.
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