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? 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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Le 7 juin, Rencard sportif en famille au centre-ville de Pau

A dynamic city is a city on the move! To put acts on these words, the craftsmen and shopkeepers of Pau propose this Saturday June 7th an invigorating afternoon in the city center and proposes you their Sporty date. On the program, demonstrations and free initiations, conducted by associations of amateurs and professionals. More info from the Office of Trade and Crafts, 05 59 40 82 11Place Clémenceau: Handball, American Football & Roller ...

Rencontres littéraires autour des idées qui mènent le monde à Pau

For three days, from 20 to 22 November, Pau will become the capital of Ideas and will be the unmissable literary meeting place for writers, philosophers, artists and other journalists who come to talk about the theme of Childhood. "Ideas lead the world" is also a book fair with some fifty exhibitors, booksellers and publishers. This 2015 edition under the general commissioner of Philippe Lapousterle, present alongside François Bayrou, ...

Le festival Hestiv'Òc pour célébrer les Musiques et Cultures du Sud

Béarn is a region of traditions and culture to which its inhabitants are fiercely attached. To honor them and celebrate the "cultura nosta" ("our culture"), the Hestiv'Òc festival takes place every year in Pau during 4 days. Music, dance and entertainment represented by 300 artists and to the delight of 60,000 festival-goers. This new edition features Barback's ogres and the Brotto-Lopze Ball, Lou Tapage and Chotokoeu. In the streets of ...

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