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Place Royale64000

Tel:+33 (0)5 59 27 27 08
Fax:+33 (0)5 59 27 03 21

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Pau has been witness to a rather turbulent past due mainly to its hardy Protestant ruler Jeanne d'Albret who provoked the Wars of Religion with Catholic Spain.  Later, Jeanne gave birth to King Henry IV who had to switch faiths in order to take up the throne.   

Today, Pau is the capital of the Bearn region and the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department.  It is an elegant town with Belle Epoque buildings, well-preserved parks and a lively student population.  It has always been a favourite with affluent foreigners who still favour it as a starting point for the Parc National des Pyrenees and its spectacular scenery.  The town is well-equipped for this purpose with numerous camping, climbing and outdoor pursuits shops and facilities.

The centre of the town is perched on top of a hill with the river Pau at its base.  Here you'll find the boulevard des Pyrenees with its superb views of the snow-capped peaks of Vignemale and the Pic du Midi d'Ossau.

What to See - Pau Attractions

Fermiers Basco-Bearnais cheese centre
Accous, beside the N134, 64000
sample some of the best ewe, goat and cow's-milk cheeses in the Pyrenees
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 34 76 06

Ossau Passion
Ave Castellane, Eaux-Bonnes, 64000
white-water rafting and canoeing in the Parc National des Pyrenees
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 05 43 14

Skiing Resort
Val d'Azun, S of Pau, 64000
some of the best cross country skiing in the Pyrenees
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 62 97 49 49

Parc National des Pyrenees
Park Office at Cauterets, 64000
discover some of the 350km of walking trails within this spectacular national park
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open all year | Tel: +33 (0)5 62 92 52 56

Concours Complet International
world class horseriding competition including dressage, cross-country and jumping
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Every October

Casino Municipal
Parc Beaumont, 64000
a fantastic building offering a wide variety of casino games
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 27 06 92

Festival de Pau
Theatre St-Louis & Palais Beaumont, 64000
music, dance and theatre bring festival goers from far afield to Pau
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid-June - Early July

Musee des Beaux-Arts
Rue Mathieu Lalanne, 64000
discover the works of Rubens, Greco and Degas in this fine arts museum
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 27 33 02

Musee Bernadotte
Rue Tran, 64000
recounts the tale of how Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte became king of Sweden & Norway
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tues-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 27 48 42

Foret d'Iraty
tourist office St Jean de Pied de Port for info, 64220
numerous trail and skiing in the beech woods and moorland of this enchanting forest
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 37 03 57

Chateau de Pau
Rue de Château, 64000
birthplace of Henry IV in 1553 and home to 16th century Gobelin tapestries more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open daily. Except 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 82 38 00

Château de Laas
on D27 from Sauveterre, 64300
works of art from 18th century and where Napolean slept after he was defeated at Waterloo more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct:Wed-Mon (Apr:pm only; Jul-Aug:daily) | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 38 91 53