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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

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

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.

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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!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Map of places to visit near Pau


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)

Geography and distances

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

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 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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