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Nestled in the corner of rural south-west France stands Pau, the capital of the Béarn province, a bastion of history and culture. The town occupies a unique geographical position in the foothills of the Pyrenées. With its awe-inspiring views of the mountain range, Pau is only a few hundred kilometres from the major towns of Bordeaux and Toulouse and even closer to Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. A springboard to sunny beaches or snow-capped mountains, Pau’s pretty streets, and excellent gastronomy are enough to ensure leaving will be difficult.

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Pau Château National Museum

A defining symbol of the town, built in 1370, Pau Château was the birthplace of Henri IV. The castle became a museum in 1926 and here you will find important collections dedicated to Henri IV as well as the royal apartments.
Adresse: 2 rue du Château, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 823 800
Åpningstider: High season: daily 9.30am-5.45pm. Low season: daily 9.30am-11.45am and 2pm-5pm

Boulevard Des Pyrénées

Kick back at one of the many pavement cafés or restaurants you can find on this famous boulevard. Boulevard Des Pyrénées is great for a relaxing walk and lets you quietly take in one of the best views in the world.
Adresse: Boulevard des Pyrénées, Pau

Musée Bernadotte

Located in an 18th-century house, this museum is dedicated to the French man Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, who rose from the low ranks of the Gallic army to become King of Sweden.
Adresse: 8 rue Tran, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 274 842
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm

Pau Racecourse

Enjoy a day out at the races, French-style, at the Pau Racecourse. It is also knows as the Hippodrome de Pau and is an age-old, traditional racecourse with a 3,500 capacity stadium. Its high season is during winter.
Adresse: 462 boulevard du Cami Salié, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 130 700

Musée des Beaux Arts

This fine arts museum is located in a beautiful building from the 1930's. Musée des Beaux Arts houses many masterpieces made by household names like El Greco, Degas and Rubens.
Adresse: 1 rue Mathieu Lalanne, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 273 302
Åpningstider: Daily: 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm. Closed on Tuesday.

Funiculaire de Pau

The Funiculaire de Pau is a small railway running from Boulevard des Pyrenées to the railway station and mainly functions as a service for locals. The ride takes about 3 minutes and is perfect for children who will love this small train going up and down.
Adresse: Les Sentiers du Roy, Pau
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 6.45am-9.40pm, Sunday: 1.30pm-8.50pm

Skiing in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees ski resorts are easily accessible from Pau if you want to go on a ski holiday. The Pyrenees are more affordable than the Alps when it comes to passes and hire. You can reach the different destinations easily by buses and shuttles. Some of the ski areas in the area are: - Saint-Lary Soulan, with 100km of pistes, plenty of off-piste opportunities, and a kids’ park with its own toboggan run; - Les Angles, a huge ski area with loads of pistes; - La Mongie/Barèges, with a total of 69 pistes and 42 lifts.
Adresse: Saint-Lary Soulan, France
Telefon: +33 562 395 366

Casino de Pau Groupe Tranchant

Located in the heart of the city in a renovated building, the Casino de Pau has much to offer if you feel like gambling tonight. Onsite you will find restaurants and bars, and a lot of entertainment opportunities throughout the year.
Adresse: Allée Paul Valéry, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 270 692
Åpningstider: Daily: 10am-2am


In the mountains you can find the stunning canyons hidden away from the tourist trails. Canyoning is an exciting sport that will really give you a rush out of the ordinary. There are different activities offers to suit all tastes.
Adresse: 51 Bis Boulevard Charles de Gaulle, Lons
Telefon: +33 679 286 567
Åpningstider: Daily: 8am-7pm

Clos Lapeyre

Clos Lapeyre is one of the many vineyards you can find in Jurançon, making a detour around Pau to explore the area. This vineyard offers wine tastings (dégustations) and beautiful sceneries.
Adresse: 257 Chemin du Couday, La Chapelle de Rousse, Jurançon
Telefon: +33 559 215 080
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday: 9am-12pm and 2pm-6pm, Saturday: 2pm-6.30pm, Sunday: reservations only

Circuit Pau Arnos

If you fancy cars and motorbikes you might want to go on a detour to Circuit Pau Arnos. This place is located a bit outside Pau and here you can attend various events and competitions.
Adresse: Route du circuit, Arnos
Telefon: +33 559 725 972


Go twenty minutes south on the train and you will find yourself at one of the holiest sites in the whole world. Each year seven million pilgrims visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. You may also want to visit the castle, the Pic du Midi mountain and the Gavarnie Cirque.
Adresse: Lourdes, France

Exploring The Béarn Region

To explore some of the picture-postcard villages that surround Pau you can rent a car or just hop on the bus. Two of the most beautiful places to go are Salles-de-Béarn and Sauveterre-de-Béarn, which take from one to two hours to reach.
Adresse: Sauveterre-de-Béarn, France

Chez Olive

In a pretty wooden building in the old part of town, Chez Olive serves traditional food with a modern twist. If you come here, you should try their signature dish, the poule au pot.
Adresse: 9 rue du Château, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 277 945
Åpningstider: Monday and Thursday: 7pm-9.30pm, Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday: 12pm-1.30pm and 7pm-9.30pm


This restaurant has a nice view of the mountains from its outdoor tables. Dishes at the restaurant include French specialities like escargots, foie gras, and boeuf bourguignon.
Adresse: 18 Boulevard des Pyrénées, Pau
Telefon: +33 5 59 27 12 43
Åpningstider: Daily: 12pm-2.30pm and 7pm-10.30pm

Le Jeu De Paume

Haute cuisine at its finest can be found in this restaurant nestled in the resplendent grounds of Parc Beamount. Here you can discover inventive modern dishes meeting traditional gastronomy, all prepared with seasonal ingredients from chef Christophe Canati.
Adresse: 1 avenue Edouard VII, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 118 400
Åpningstider: Daily: 12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm

Le Mas des Arômes

Le Mas des Arômes serves creative and inventive cuisine. The interior of this restaurant is modern as well with comfy seats and wooden tables. Ask for the weekly specials or choose the chefs menu for a meal in the spirit of discovery.
Adresse: 16 Route de Tarbes, Idron
Telefon: +33 5 59 02 44 93
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 12–2pm, 7:30–10pm, except for Wednesday evening and Saturday at lunch

Le Saint Jacques

At Le Saint Jacques in the old part of town, the menu focuses on meat an fish serving local specialities like duck confit and grilled beef with Béarnaise sauce. During summer you can sit on the outside terrace and during winter you can enjoy the cosy fireplace.
Adresse: 11 rue du Parlement, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 275 897
Åpningstider: Daily: 12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm

Le Canard Royal

The Canard Royal is a hidden gem in the town centre. This restaurant specialises in duck dishes and has many different options to choose between. Expect an artistic presentation as well.
Adresse: 13 rue du Moulin, Quartier du Chateau, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 840 826
Åpningstider: Daily: 7.30pm-10pm

Les Papilles Insolites

With a nice twist to traditional French dishes, the stylish Les Papilles Insolites serves original food accompanied by a great selection of wines directly from their cellar.
Adresse: 5 rue Alexander Taylor, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 714 379
Åpningstider: Wednesday-Saturday: 3pm-11.30pm

La Fiancée du Désert

This Lebanese and Armenian gem called La Fiancee du Desert is to be found in the heart of Pau. Good priced and with a quirky interior, this restaurant lets you try different Mediterranean specialities like felafel, baklava and many more.
Adresse: 21 rue Tran, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 272 758
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm


With typical bistro decor and serving typical French cuisine, this restaurant in the old town delights its customers by using only local and fresh produce. They have affordable menu offers and interesting organic wines to try.
Adresse: 1 Place Gramont, Pau
Telefon: +33 5 59 27 98 08
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday: 12pm-2pm and 7.30pm-10pm, Saturday: 7.30pm-10pm


At L'Opera you can choose between a wide range of dishes including typical French food, but also salads, burgers and homemade desserts. Expect to find sophisticated dishes, daily specials and fair prices.
Adresse: 10 rue Samonzet, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 277 318
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Thursday: 11.45am-2.30pm, Friday: 11.45am-2.30pm and 7.30pm-9.30pm, Saturday: 7.30pm-9.30pm

Au Fin Gourmet

You can find this fine dining restaurant inside Les Jardins de Joantho, some beautiful gardens in Pau. With its floor to ceiling windows, Au Fin Gourmet allows for a memorable meal in a great natural setting.
Adresse: 24 avenue Gaston Lacoste, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 274 771
Åpningstider: Tuesday: 7pm-10pm, Wednesday-Saturday: 12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm, Sunday: 12pm-2pm

L'Isle au Jasmin

L'Isle au Jasmin is a lovely tea house that serves many varieties of teas, coffee and tasty pastries. You can sit outside on the deck chairs and enjoy yourself while having great view of the city.
Adresse: 28 boulevard des Pyrénées, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 273 482


L’Entropie hosts literary and scientific events as well as entertaining quizzes, all of which are open to the public. It's also a nice place for playing pool, relaxing and having a cup of coffee.
Adresse: 27 rue Bernadotte, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 829 544
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday: 3pm-2am

Pau's Café

Pau's Café is located in the heart of the historic city of Pau, near the castle of Henry IV. This genuine and cosy café has been operated since 1989 and offers a wide range of high quality coffees and teas. Coffee beans are roasted everyday here, and a selection of coffee-related items are for sale.
Adresse: 34 rue Maréchal Joffre, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 27 84 85
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday: 9.30am-7pm, Saturday: 9.30am-12pm and 2pm-7pm

Café Grand Prix

Café Grand Prix is located in the Hotel Parc Beaumont. On the menu you will find the daily special and other light meal options like omelettes, salads, sandwiches and also desserts. If the weather allows, you can enjoy you food and drink on the outdoor terrace.
Adresse: 1 avenue Edouard VII, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 118 400
Åpningstider: Daily: 12pm-14pm and 7pm-9pm

Fika Pause Nørdic

In Swedish, "fika" means taking a break to drink a hot beverage and eat something sweet, which is exactly what you can do at this cosy little tea shop. Here they also prepare some light lunch options to eat on the spot or take away.
Adresse: 5 rue Valéry Meunier, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 842 947
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm-2.30pm and 3.30pm-6.30pm,

Patisserie Saint-André

In this shop you will find many cakes, pastries, cookies and more delicious goods. Patisserie Saint-Andre offers not less than 32 varieties of cake and a wide selection of chocolate. To top it off, everything is home made and of the highest quality.
Adresse: 49 rue Henri Faisans, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 277 362
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday: 8am-1pm and 3pm-7pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm, Sunday: 9am-1pm

Casino de Pau Groupe Tranchant

Located in the heart of the city in a renovated building, the Casino de Pau has much to offer if you feel like going out at the casino. Onsite you will find a restaurant and a lot of entertainment throughout the year.
Adresse: Allée Paul Valéry, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 270 692

The Galway

This Irish themed bar is extremely popular with young people and students. The Galway is open until late night at weekends and offers live sports, concerts and theme nights.
Adresse: 20 boulevard des Pyrénées, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 828 985
Åpningstider: Daily: 1pm-2am

Le Garage

A few minutes walk from Place Clémenceau you will find Le Garage in an area known as Le Triangle. It is an Irish pub with an old school decor. They serve huge hamburgers, salads, tapas and homemade desserts, but most importantly Guinness beer.
Adresse: 47 rue Emile Garet, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 837 517
Åpningstider: Monday: 11am-1am, Tuesday-Friday: 11am-2am, Saturday: 3pm-2am, Sunday: 3pm-1am

New Red Lion

This themed pub called New Red Lion is the place to go if you want to play some pool, darts and other fun games. Here you can also show some moves on the dance floor or enjoy a live music show sometimes.
Adresse: 8 rue Lapouble, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 625 104
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 5pm-2am

Le Zénith

This big arena is probably one of the best places to see live concerts and theatre or dance shows in Pau. Le Zénith has also secured many international stars and French-speaking acts like Johnny Hallyday. Check their website to know what's coming next.
Adresse: Rue Suzanne Bacarisse, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 807 744

Au Parapluie des Pyrénées

If bad weather catches you unprepared, this little shop might save your day: they've been selling and repairing umbrellas in Pau for about twenty years. Their umbrellas are all made by hand, as is traditional. This makes them unique pieces to buy, and since they are very durable, your purchase might last an entire lifetime.
Adresse: 12 Rue Montpensier, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 275 366
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday: 8am-12pm and 2pm-7pm, Saturday: 9am-12pm and 2pm-7pm


Tact is a little boutique selling works by local artists and craftsmen. Designer jewellery, home ware, embroidered pins, trinkets and much more await you here. At Tact, they like to focus on the quality and uniqueness of their merchandise.
Adresse: 9 Rue Jeanne d'Albret, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 802 960
Åpningstider: Tuesday and Friday: 10am-7pm, Wednesday-Thursday and Friday: 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-7pm

Fromagerie Alexandre

Fromagerie Alexandre is a cheese shop in Pau's town centre. It's no secret that the French love their "fromage", and deeply care about its quality and taste. Here you can try a variety of cow, sheep and goat cheeses, which also make for original souvenirs.
Adresse: 5 Rue de la République, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 278 632
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday: 8am-1pm

Centre Bosquet

The Centre Bosquet is a shopping centre with many stores conveniently opened under the same roof. You can shop for shoes, perfumes, jewellery and even groceries.
Adresse: 14 Cours Bosquet, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 271 329
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-7.30pm

Passage de la Republique

This small pedestrian street is lined with many small shops, ranging from clothing stores to butcher shops. It is a great way to shop for more personal and unique items.
Adresse: Passage de la Republique, Pau

Les Halles

Les Halles is a massive indoor food market, selling all kinds of produce: meats, fish, cheese, flowers, pastries, wine from Jurançon and much more. Definitely worth a visit and a great place to explore the culinary delicacy of France.
Adresse: Rue de la République, Pau
Telefon: +33 0 559 278 580
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday: 7am-3pm, Sunday: 9am-3pm


Pau, just like the nearby Bayonne on the Atlantic coast, is famous for its chocolate products and numerous little shops can be located all around town. Josuat is of course one of them. It's been selling its delicious creations in Pau since 1880.
Adresse: 23 Rue Serviez, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 276 567
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 9.30am-12.15pm, 2-30pm-7.15pm

Maison Francis Miot

Francis Miot's shop specialises in jams, but also their honey and chocolate draw crowds and make original gift ideas. The shop has a cafe where you can try some of the products.
Adresse: 48 rue Maréchal Joffre, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 276 951
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm

Galeries Lafayette

Visit the Galeries Lafayette department store, a chain spread all over France, here located in the Pau Bosquet Centre. You will find just about anything related to clothes and decoration. Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Triumph and Quicksilver are some of the brands present.
Adresse: 14 Cours Bosquet, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 279 858
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 10am-7.30pm

Passport / Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

Warm weather travellers will appreciate summer in Pau, when the temperatures are pleasant but not too hot. The warm season lasts from mid-June until the end of September and July is the busiest month for tourism. Winter sports lovers looking for snow will want to visit from late January to early March instead for the best chances of entertainment. In this case, February is the busiest month. Spring and Autumn are the less crowded seasons, which makes them good for finding deals. Note that rain is more frequent during these periods.


Pau-Pyrenees Airport (Aéroport Pau Pyrénées) is located seven kilometres north of the city centre and about an hour’s drive from the Pyrenees’ ski stations and the beaches of France’s south-west coastline. IDELIS shuttle bus runs from Pau-Pyrenees Airport to Pau town centre and Pau train station. The buses depart from the airport every hour from 7:40am-7:40pm. From the train station the bus leaves approximately every hour from 6:30am-7:50pm. You can buy tickets directly from the bus driver and the journey from Pau-Pyrenees Airport to Pau train station takes about 30 minutes. However, please notice the IDELIS shuttle bus does not run on Sundays or on French public holidays and that it is advisable to book a taxi instead. A list of approved taxis can be found at the Information Desk and also on display at the entrance to the terminal outside. IDELIS +33 559 141 516 You can also find shuttle services upon request at the airport for Tarbes and Lourdes: Transports Lacoste +33 562 376 767 [email protected]
Adresse: Route de l'Aéroport, Uzein
Telefon: +33 559 333 300

Public Transport

Pau town centre is compact enough for you to be able to cover all the areas of interest by foot. Alternatively, the bus service of IDELIS is a cheap and reliable option. Shuttle buses run in the centre of Pau. You can choose between single fares, booklets, day passes and passes for longer periods. Bicycles can be rented in the city and cars can be rented both at the airport and in town. 8h45 à 18h00, et le samedi de 10h à 12h00 et de 13h à 17h
Adresse: Avenue Larribau, France
Telefon: +33 0 559 141 516
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday: 8.45am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-12pm and 1pm-5pm (office hours)


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Stamps are available from kiosks and newsagents. Various post offices are present around the town.
Adresse: 2 rue Lavoisier, Pau
Åpningstider: Monday, Thursday and Friday: 9am-6pm, Tuesday: 9am-12pm and 2pm-6pm, Saturday: 9am-12.30pm


There are numerous pharmacies located around Pau. La Pharmacie des 7 Cantons Monday-Saturday: 8:30am-7:30pm 1 rue Montpensier, Pau +33 559 277 191 Pharmacie de la Poste Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm and 2pm-7pm 7 Rue Gambetta, Pau +33 559 274 121
Adresse: 1 rue Montpensier, Pau
Telefon: +33 559 277 191
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-7.30pm


Country code: +33 Area code: (0)559


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