A tourist guide to Pau will tell you: there are thousands of reasons to go there, and you will soon discover that there are almost as many reasons to love it. Its softness of life makes it one of the favourite cities of the French. Its palm trees and exceptional gardens give it a special atmosphere that the view of the snow-covered peaks makes even more pleasant. A historic city where Henry IV was born, its royal destiny has left it a rich heritage and irresistible architecture. A cultural city with one of the most beautiful Zenith in France and a Fine Arts Museum and unique events such as the Grand Prix F1 car race and the passage of the Tour de France, the capital of Béarnaise lives all year round and that is surely why 12,000 students choose to study at its renowned universities. The walks here are ! fabulous with in particular the Boulevard des Pyrénées, a large balcony hypnotic nature, and a historic district faithful to its tourist vocation of the 19th century. Companies linked to the high technology and research sector make it an avant-garde city, its Halls testify to a strong attachment to gastronomy driven by local products: from the famous Russian to the Jurançon and including the hen to the pot, you will discover that traditions and modernism go well together! Owner of a beautifully designed congress centre, a unique white water stadium, it has seen its Pyrenean palace updated, brand new, and its pedestrian heart redesigned

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When to go to Pau?

When to go to Pau? All year round, no doubt. Pau's many museums and monuments can be visited all year round, and each season has its own charm. Both summer and winter are mild and temperate, which makes a visit to the city even more enjoyable. A very touristy city, it may be preferable to favour spring or autumn. Prices are also lower at this time of year. Nevertheless, winter offers a magnificent contrast between a city where palm trees are numerous and the view of the snow-covered Pyrenees.

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In the heart of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pau has more than one asset to seduce and charm tourists and other visitors passing through who wish to enjoy this city located in the heart of the mountains. Pau and its castle, where Henri IV was born in 1553; Pau and its national stud farm, listed as a Historic Monument, but also Pau and its golf course, which is nothing less than the oldest golf course in the world, with the exception of the ...

En route pour le triathlon des neiges avec le Pyrénéa 2020

This event, which was created in 1986, is a very special triathlon, since it takes place in a mountain environment. A snow triathlon, in individual race or in relay team of three, and which links the city of Pau to the resort of Gourette. The three disciplines on the menu are running, cycling and skiing. The Pyrénéa Triathlon attracts many participants every year, always motivated to take up the challenge and enjoy a beautiful setting in ...

Le carnaval Biarnés, moment d'effervescence à Pau

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