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Pau tourism and travel guide

Photo of Pau in Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Visit Pau: highlights and tourist information

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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

Pau is situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

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.

Attractions in Pau

The Chateau de Pau is an impressive combination of the renaissance and 19th century architectural styles: Chateau de Pau

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Oloron-Sainte-Marie at 22 km and Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie at 23 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Pau, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Pau in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Chateau de Pau

Chateau de Pau

Castle less than one km (direction west-south-west)

The Chateau de Pau is an impressive combination of the renaissance and...

See Chateau de Pau guide
Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Oloron-Sainte-Marie

at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

There are several sights of interest in Oloron-Saint-Marie including a...

See Oloron-Sainte-Marie guide
Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Church at 23 km (direction west-south-west)

The Church Sainte-Croix is an interesting roman style church...

See Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie guide
Cathedral Saint-Marie in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Cathedral Saint-Marie in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Cathedral at 23 km (direction west-south-west)

The cathedral of Sainte-Marie is best known for its remarkable 12th century...

See Cathedral Saint-Marie in Oloron-Sainte-Marie guide
 
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Navarrenx

Navarrenx

at 32 km (direction west)

Navarrenx is a traditional fortified French bastide town in the...

See Navarrenx guide
Sarrance

Sarrance

at 33 km (direction south-west), in the Pyreees-Atlantiques department

The small village of Sarrance is in the valley of the Gave...

See Sarrance guide
Laruns

Laruns

at 35 km (direction south)

Laruns is a pretty village, but it is the surrounding mountain scenery...

See Laruns guide
Lourdes

Lourdes

at 36 km (direction east-south-east), in the Hautes-Pyrenees department

Lourdes is of course very famous as a pilgrimage centre...

See Lourdes guide
Col d'Aubisque

Col d'Aubisque

Scenery at 36 km (direction south)

The Col d'Aubisque is a beautiful mountain pass with...

See Col d'Aubisque guide
Eaux-Bonnes

Eaux-Bonnes

at 36 km (direction south)

Eaux-Bonnes is a 19th century belle-epoque spa town at the base of...

See Eaux-Bonnes guide
Tarbes

Tarbes

at 36 km (direction east), in the Hautes-Pyrenees department

The substantial gardens of Jardin Massey are the main place...

See Tarbes guide
Gourette

Gourette

at 38 km (direction south)

Gourette s a small ski station on the route to the...

See Gourette guide
Maubourguet

Maubourguet

at 38 km (direction east-north-east), in the Hautes-Pyrenees department

Maubourguet makes every effort to hide its impressive monuments...

See Maubourguet guide
Orthez

Orthez

at 39 km (direction west-north-west)

The 13th century stone bridge across the river is...

See Orthez guide

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Map of places to visit near Pau

 
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Markets in and near Pau

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

  • 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 near Pau, France

What to do at Pau? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Pau.

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Marshall Foch house (36km)

Remarkable gardens

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

Sites of natural beauty

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

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo d'Asson (20km)
 
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Geography and distances

Pau is in the south-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department (general information: Pau is 653 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Pau

Canton: Pau

Arrondissement: Pau

Department: Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-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

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 as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aressy, Assat, Billere, Bizanos, Gelos, Jurancon, Laroin, Lescar, Lons, Mazeres-Lezons, Meillon, Narcastet, Rontignon and Uzos.

This page in French: Visiter Pau

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