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Pau, France

Visit Pau, a City With an Amazing Location Surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains

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Pau, France

Pau, France

Christopher Soghoian
What Pau lacks in personality it makes up for with location. While the city is a bit drab, its surroundings are not. Its best features are some of its historic attractions such as the history-rich and impressive Chateau de Pau. And it is a short hour drive to the sea and the Spanish border, as well as a wide range of splendid cities and villages. It is also literally surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Pau received the distinctive four-flower designation, and features more square feet of greenery per capita than any other city in Europe. The selection of hotels and dining is diverse for a city of this size.

The famous King Henry IV was born at the city’s château in 1553. Rumor has it he was christened with a local specialty, Jurançon wine, which can still be sampled there to this day.

Getting to Pau, France

To fly to Pau, you will likely have to connect through another European hub airport. You can fly directly into Pau, however, which is nice. Pau-Pyrénées airport provides a once-daily midday shuttle into town and the train station. You can also catch a taxi or rent a car at the airport. Compare prices on a flight to Pau

You can also get to Pau's rail station. Find out more about rail passes and point-to-point train tickets with Choosing the Right Rail Pass.

Pau, France Sightseeing

  • Châteaux de Pau was the birthplace of the illustrious Henry IV. It is a wonderful example of early medieval architecture. The “salle des cent couverts” or room of a hundred covers, features a glorious collection of wall tapestries.
  • The Musée National des Parachutistes features exhibits devoted to the history of parachuting, with special attention to military maneuvers.
  • Pau Golf Club claims to be the oldest course on the continent and which opened in 1856, features a pro shop, restaurant and bar.
  • La Cité des Abeilles, or bee city, provides an opportunity to experience bees up-close and personal, minus the stinging. A sure hit with children, the museum also features a boutique selling honey and honey-based products.

    Where to Stay in Pau

    The rooms at Hôtel Parc Beaumont are fresh and contemporary, with subtle shades of spring like sage and mauve. Splurge on a top-floor suite for a view of the Pyrenees. Each room features free high-speed Internet access. The hotel has a heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room.

    Hôtel Roncevaux is a former monastery converted into a comfortable hotel. The rooms feature warm colors and cozy linens. The hotel offers wi-fi to its guests.

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