At and around Pau

The opening times indicated may be subject to change due to special circumstances (in particular covid-19).

For more security, we advise you to contact the host organizations of the sites you wish to visit, the contact details of which are indicated on this page, to verify that the conditions and times are always relevant.

The castle, birthplace of Henri IV, King of France and Navarre, is one of the founding elements of Pau, and a fundamental site of the urban development of the city: it expresses the encounter between a monument and History, it is where the myth of “Good King Henri” is embodied. Nowadays, a museum and a national domain, the Castle and its park are the expression of 9 centuries of rich and restless history.
Among the curiosities to be seen is the turtle shell which in fact was the cradle of the future king of France. The Museum of the Château hosts one of the most important tapestry collections, apart from Paris.

Opening - Schedules

Guided visit every day (except 1st of May, 25th December and 1st of January)
Mid-September to mid-June: 9.30 AM to 11.45 AM – 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
Mid-June to Mid-September: 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM

Ground floor open to disabled.

 

Prices

Full price: 7 €
Reduced: 5,50 €
Groups : 6 € (≥ 10 pers)

Free visit of parks and gardens.

Château de Pau (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Château de Pau (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

Tél : +33 5 59 82 38 00

https://chateau-pau.fr

The “Musée des Beaux-Arts” presents a beautiful diversified collection of the Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French schools from the XVth to the XXth century. Its building is very characteristic of the 1930’s, and is a perfect combination of classicism and modernism.

Some examples of paintings: Degas and its painting “le Bureau de Cotton à la Nouvelle-Orléans, Le Greco, Rubens, Fantin-Latour, Morisot, Lhote, Marquet, Flandrinas well as regionalists artists like Galos, Poumeyrol, Laborde…The Musée des Beaux Arts of Pau presents one or two annual exhibitions.

Opening - Schedules

Open every day except Monday, 1st January, 1st May, 15th august, 1st November and 25th December.

Opening hours: 11AM to 6PM.

Prices

Free entrance

Musée des Beaux Arts (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Musée des Beaux Arts (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

Adresse : 1, rue Mathieu Lalanne, Pau

Tél. +33 5 59 27 33 02.

Today’s Bernadotte Museum is in fact the birthplace of this soldier who became King of Sweden.
Its frontage of pebble-stones, bricks and dimension-stones, with its wooden galleries overlooking the courtyard is typical of a modest XVIIIth century home of Pau.
The building is now classified as “Monument Historique”. Entering the museum, the visitor is immediately immersed into the Bearn country of the XVIII century, and he can smell the impetuous breath of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era and the immaculate whiteness of Scandinavian countryside, thus discovering a whole patch of European history and its great leaders.

Opening - Schedules

Open every day except Monday, 1st January, 1st May, 15th august, 1st November and 25th December.

Opening hours: 11AM to 6PM.

 

Prices

Free entrance

Musée Bernadotte (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Musée Bernadotte (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

Adresse : 8, rue Tran, Pau

Tél. +33 5 59 27 48 42

The Marketplace of Pau: amazing in its “cultural” diversity… You can wander around the farmers from the surrounding country areas and the market stands where all gastronomes meet. A daily (except on Mondays) institution you should not be missing. The “Halles” have been completely renovated in 2020 in a modern building.

Opening - Schedules

Covered Market: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:00 to 15:00. On Sundays from 9.00 to 15.00


Producer Market: Open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00 to 13.00

 

Halles de Pau (c) JC Milhet, Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Halles de Pau (c) JC Milhet, Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

Adresse : Place de la République.

Tél. +33 5 59 27 27 08

www.hallesdepau.fr

Dating back to the first origins of the city, the Hedas Quarter came to life on the Banks of the brook that feeds the city’s only fountain and the wash-house.
The women of Pau used to come here to fetch water.
A great number of craftsmen could find here the sand, gravel, and pebble-stones for the construction of Pau’s noble residences.
This discrete quarter offers a 1km walk, with a few restaurants, small gardens, and special lighting by night.

Le Hédas (c) A. Basse-Cathalinat, Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Le Hédas (c) A. Basse-Cathalinat, Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

To access the Hedas, Rue René Fournets street, or take the elevator Place d’Espagne, or near the Bridge of the Cordeliers Street.

« Bî dou Rey, rey dous bîs »: Wine of the king, king of the wines.

This motto appears on the town hall of Jurançon, a town which bears the name of this vineyard, made famous by the baptism of Henry IV, whose lips were moistened with the precious nectar.

Located at the gates of Pau, the territory of the AOC Jurançon extends along the Pyrenean foothills over more than 1000ha.

The “Petit” and the “Gros Manseng” are the two grape varieties representative of the appellation, which give the sweet white Jurançon and the dry Jurançon.

The harvest lasts from September to mid-December, allowing the development of a cuvée whose mention "late harvest" was obtained in 1996.

To discover the Jurançon vineyars:

  • A map allows you to discover the vineyards and is at your disposal for free in Pau Pyrénées Tourism.
  • A free guided tour of the Jurançon wine cellar – 53 Henri IV Street – 64290 Gan. Telephone: 05 59 21 57 03 
  • Wine route of independent winegrowers of Jurançon – Eglise street – 64360 Lacommande


 

vignobles du Jurançon (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
vignobles du Jurançon (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

www.cavedejurancon.com

www.vins-jurancon.fr

At the edge of the Gave river, a long promenade has been arranged in the heart of the agglomeration to discover natural landscapes, shaped by white water whose presence, sometimes tumultuous, allow the development of a specific ecosystem, called Saligue, rich of an incredible biodiversity.

In the extension of the Urban Natural Park, the greenway extends over 13km from the lake of Laroin to Tarsacq.

The Urban Natural Park is accessible from the Aquasports Park - Whitewater Stadium, an international complex which main objective is to make white water sports accessible to all. Its artificial river welcomes beginners as international athletes all the year for rafting, kayaking or whitewater swimming.


 

Rivière artificielle du Stade des eaux vives (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Rivière artificielle du Stade des eaux vives (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

Free access to the Urban Natural Park through the whitewater stadium, 39 avenue de l’Yser – 64320 Bizanos

 

 

Built between the Xth and the XIIth century on the remains of a Gallo-Roman site, the cathedral has been classified historical monument since 1840. In the Romanesque style, it houses treasures such as the mysterious mosaic of “the little Moorish hunter” from the XIIth century, the burial places of the last kings of Navarre (Henri the IV’s grand-parents), a Romantic pipe organ of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, an episcopal treasure accessible in a guided tour).

Opening - Schedules

Open every day from Monday to Sunday (except Sunday mornings)
from 9 h to 18h.


Information about guided tours: Lescar tourist information
+33 (0)5 59 81 15 98.

 

 

Cathédrale de Lescar (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Cathédrale de Lescar (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

Adress : Place Royale – 64230 Lescar

Unique in France, this open-air museum presents the epic process of each winner of the Tour de France through anecdotes, texts and photos from archives. It shows the attachment of the city of Pau to this sporting event. Indeed, Pau has hosted more than 70 times the Tour de France. Each year a new yellow totem celebrates the winner of the tour.

Opening - Schedules

Free access

Le Tour des Géants (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Le Tour des Géants (c) Pau Pyrénées Tourisme

www.tourdesgeants.fr