From medieval charm to the splendour of the Renaissance, to the romantic mark of the first tourists who made the city an "English town", Pau sparkles from all the facets of a magnificent history.
Proud of its past, but comfortable in its time, it has made, for example, an early 20th century palace into one of the best equipped convention centres and a neo-gothic convent into one of the most modern national schools of music and dance...
Here, a brick and shingle façade recalls these artisans who pulled the materials for the stately homes of Pau from the mountain streams. There, in front of the Museum of Fine Arts and Place Clémenceau, the Art Deco takes you back to the 1930s.
Here, gardens are king, the national gardens of the Château, the iconic palm trees with the Pyrenees in the background, oaks, cedars of Lebanon, towering sequoias, there, ginkgo bilobas and Siberian elm adorn the city as a result of a beneficial climate...
Here, the Boulevard des Pyrénées, the "sublime terrace" for Maurice Barrès, "the most beautiful view on earth" for Lamartine is undoubtedly the favourite walk of all those in Pau.
Here, on each corner of the old streets, history is alive: Bernadotte, founder of the reigning dynasty of Sweden, and Henry IV of France and Navarre (in Béarn, he is called Nouste Henric) are reborn through a detail or an anecdote.
Designated a "City of Art and History"
The city of Pau is 20 km from the Nay Region (25 min.).