Pau tourism and travel guide

Photo of Pau in Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Visit Pau: highlights and tourist information

France This Way comment: The large town of Pau is well known for the views from the belvedere that cover a large section of Pyrenees mountains

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Pau. For detailed visitor information see the Pau travel guide

Pau is situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine region (now part of the region), in the south-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department. (General information: Pau is 653 km from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Pau include "ville fleurie 4*".

Popular places to visit nearby include Navarrenx at 32 km and Laruns at 35 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Pau, France: places to visit and attractions

Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend when sightseeing close to Pau in . Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.

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Map of places to visit near Pau

Markets in and near Pau

Market days in Pau: weekly market: every day except Sunday;

Local markets

  • Pau: market every day except Sunday (0km)
  • Gan: market Wednesday (7km)
  • Monein: market Monday (17km)
  • Artix: market Wednesday & Sunday (20km)
  • Mourenx: market Wednesday & Saturday (22km)
  • Oloron-Sainte-Marie: market Friday (23km)
  • Castet: market Thursday (26km)
  • Arthez-de-Bearn: market Saturday (27km)
  • Navarrenx: market Wednesday (32km)
  • Lourdes: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Saturday all day & Monday & Friday (34km)

More information about Pau, Aquitaine

Tourist attractions to visit near Pau, France

Below we show places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Pau and wondering what to do next!

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Marshall Foch house (36km) [Map]

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du château de Momas (18km) [Map]
  • Jardins du château de Viven (19km) [Map]
  • Jardin Massey (37km) [Map]

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grottes de Betharram (26km) [Map]
  • Vallée d'Ossau (35km) [Map]
  • Col d'Aubisque (36km) [Map]
  • Cirque du Litor (38km) [Map]
  • Vallée d'Aspe (43km) [Map]
  • Cirque de Sainte-Engrâce (50km) [Map]
  • Cirque de Saint-Engrace (50km) [Map]
  • Grottes de Médous (51km) [Map]
  • Gorges d'Ehujarre (51km) [Map]
  • Gorges de Kakoetta (53km) [Map]
  • Gorges de Kakouetta (53km) [Map]
  • Gorges d'Holzarté (55km) [Map]
  • Gorges d'Holzarté (55km) [Map]
  • Col du Tourmalet (60km) [Map]

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo d'Asson (20km) [Map]

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Pau

Canton: Pau

Arrondissement: Pau

Department: Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Region: Aquitaine

Postcode: 64000

Distance to Pau

from Pau (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 653 km

from Calais: 867 km

from Nice: 617 km

from Bordeaux: 172 km

from Strasbourg: 859 km

Getting here

Pau is in the south-west of France. Most visitors fly into Biarritz airport (Bordeaux is another option). Allow at least 8 hours for the drive from the cross-channel ferries. For driving distances to Pau from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 14 other places listed nearby (within 6 kilometres of Pau): Aressy, Assat, Billere, Bizanos, Gelos, Jurancon, Laroin, Lescar, Lons, Mazeres-Lezons, Meillon, Narcastet, Rontignon and Uzos.

This page in French: Visitez Pau