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Pau Things to Do

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  • The parc at Chateau de Pau

    Beyond the gardens started in 1418 by Sire de Caumont and renovated improved ever since, way back you have 22 hectares of park and trails great for walks and family leisure all free.You can print this pdf file for a nice map of the city and the castle...

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  • Gardens at Chateau de Pau

    wonderful gardens full of history and great walks with the family. From the 16C these gardens are mimed and care and they look magnificent. We came here three times while visiting the area Inside and outside all is nice here.It has been known to have a nice garden since 1418 according to the writings of the Sire de Caumont. It has been constantly...

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  • Chateau Musée de Pau

    This is the castle and museum of Pau, the place to be while visiting the city. It is their main attraction and its Worth it.The basics are the admission 7€ adults, Open every day from June 15 to September 15 9h30-12h30 and 13h30-18h45. September 16 to June 14 from 9h30 -11h45 and 14h-17h; closed Jan 1, May 1, and Dec 25.Feudal castle from the 12C...

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  • Musée Bernadotte, Pau

    a great little museum actually the house where Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, a loyal soldier of Napoléon Iér, and who later became Marshal of France. By fate, he was ask to be the replacement of the Swedish line of Kings lacking a male heir, and he was crown King of Sweden and Norway in 1818 as Charles XIV. The current line of Kings of Sweden are...

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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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Pau Hotels

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Pau Restaurants

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  • have a cold one and view the world at...

    As we wandered all day in Pau, we often came for some refreshements and snacks, not really meals. The often stop for us was here at Cafe de l'Europe , very nice friendly service and fast, overlooking the side of place clemenceau and corner with Rue Maréchal FochThis is a typical cafe français with a nice cozy ambiance Inside and a great viewing...

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  • Volcanic Italian at Pau

    After wandering about the town, we finally decided it was time to eat. It was almost by 15h. It is a lively corner with several restos there. By look and choice of the family we went for the Pizzeria l'Etna.It has opening times Mondays to Saturdays from 12h to 14h30 and 19h to 22h30 with menus from 11,50€ entrée plat and dessert and up. For July...

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  • Royal at Pau

    This is old alsacien brasserie in grand place royale by the hotel de ville and up from the funiculaire or cable car. It is a nice shaded square with a nicer terrace for indulging in the savory drinks and seeing the world go by.We actually arrive by car below by the train station and went up the cable car already thirsty our first contact with Pau...

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Pau Nightlife

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  • cinema at Pau

    nice small cinema right in city center very convenient for a rest and Watch the movie with the locals.It has 7 showing rooms and we saw the gardien de la galaxie or galaxy guardians i think ///very nice sound and clean place, nice folks. It was nice to be with the family. we went casual at our showing 18h and it was casual for all, in summer.

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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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Pau Transportation

  • petit train de Pau

    nice way to see a city if pressed for time or needed a guided tour for just 6€ per person. The petit train or little train are very popular everywhere here and especially in summers.Main station is from the castle at Pau, every day from April 1 to September 30. April 1 to July 13 and August 27 to September 30 hours are 11h30, to 14h30 and then at...

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  • the funiculaire or cable car at Pau

    the historical and wonderful cable car at Pau taking it right across the train station up to the blvd des Pyrénées and thePlace Royale with great views. the trip is free!It is fonctioning Mondays to Saturdays from 6h45 - 21h40 continuosly every 3 minutes and Sundays and Holidays from 13h30 - 20h50for anecdote the cable car or funiculaire was put in...

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  • How to get in and out of Pau

    A wonderful town with gorgeous views of the Pyrénées, I used it for many years as my rest stop to go into Spain and the surrounding areas. here is the transport there;The third busiest train station in Aquitaine, Pau has theirs at Gare SNCF Avenue Jean Birayhttp://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/fraee/votre-gare/It has a good medium size airport with...

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Pau Shopping

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  • market days at Pau

    We love this, and walking all over Pau feeling hungry we saw this market and on the way back purchase veggies tomatoes, bananas , ewe's milk cheeses and ham bayonne , and we were set for the evening family chow just the additions we needed. On the street stands on Sundays morning, 8h to 13h wonderful street life. they have food items from roasted...

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  • great pedestrian shopping arcade Pau

    many small shops from clothings sundries and butcher shop; all in a enclose arcade at rue de la République, a passage or passing thru street. very quaint and nice, a change.The maison de l'Espadrille for these wonderful sandals is superb. Chapelerie de Pau, Christine Laure for clothing, Atelier Zocalo for off price clothings from emerging countries...

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  • more chocolates at Pau

    we settle for the food, chocolates !!! the L’Atelier du Chocolat at Maréchal Joffre is excellent. However , it has several shops all over France. In Pau they are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10h to 13h and 14h to 19h; Wednesdays to Saturdays 10h to 19h.They have a more presence nationwide and offers a great variety of chocolates. we got the...

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Pau Local Customs

  • Villa Lawrance ,Pau

    another wonderful park a bit smaller than Beaumont but with great historical value. Here you have the Cercle Anglais (English Circle )club and the museum of deportation and liberation.It was created in 1855 and the town purchase the land in 1940. You can admire the beautiful trees of cedar of Atlas and Libanon here.We strolled and had our picnic...

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  • parc Beaumont

    this is a wonderful garden park next tothe old city of Pau. A promenade, suntaning and kids playing park for all those in town or visiting. We found free parking nearby the chapelle des réparatrices or now conservatory of music and dance. Right at the edge of it there is the Casino de Pau. There is a nice lake, music kiosk, and small bridges plenty...

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  • Hôtel de Ville of Pau

    what we local do many times visit our mayor's office , some are Worth going for the beauty of its architecture or history. The one at Pau is very nice indeed.It is at the Place Royale away facing the pyrénées mountains Some ideas of what is it Pau in Frenchhttp://www.pau.fr/303-pau-en-un-clic.htmThe building was done in 1862, and the city hall was...

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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

  • église Notre Dame Pau

    one of the forgotten churches of Pau but a nice stop in a different neighborhood altogether located at 12 Boulevard d'Alsace Lorraine.the religious site is here in Frenchhttp://www.christsauveur64.org/historique/27-eglise-notre-dame.htmlwe walked by here on our wandering throughtout the city of Pau, and also saw it by chance. The parrish Church of...

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  • Musée de la Deportation et Liberation,...

    interesting museum of events not to be forgotten, unfortunately when we were able to stop by it was closed. We enjoy the surrounding park of Villa Lawrance instead. However, the pictures of the outside are here to come back .The museum is with free admission and open on wednesdays afternoon from 14h30 to 18h or by appointment at telephone mobile...

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  • Church Saint Martin ,Pau

    another wonderful old Church in Pau. The story goes according to the tourist office,that a first Church of Saint-Martin was built here between 1468 and 1472 on land facing the château de Pau.It was the seat of the first parrish of Pau and remains so until 1803. It became a protestant Church from 1563 to 1620 Under the influence of the Albret' s...

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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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  • 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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