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  • 1 Pau Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château F - 64000 Pau

    Towering above the mountain stream, this castle built by Gaston Fébus in the 14C was transformed into a Renaissance palace by Marguerite d'Angoulême and took on its current appearance during the 19C, in the time of Louis-Philippe and Napoléon III. Th..

  • 2 Ossau Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64000 Pau

    The Ossau Valley was once known as Ursialensis vallis, or ''Bear Vallley''. It stretches out for 70km from Pau to Laruns (lower Ossau). The valley is dotted with a multitude of medieval-looking villages, including Bielle, with its 15C and 16C houses,..

  • 3 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pau Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Mathieu-Lalanne F - 64000 Pau

    This Fine Arts Museum makes no bones about placing a Greco next to a 1993 abstract painting... Here you will find work by Rubens, José de Ribera and Zurbaran, impressionists (Degas, Berthe Morisot, Armand Guillaumin) and different tendencies in conte..

  • 4 Trespoey Quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. Trespoey F - 64000 Pau

    Located on a hill east of Pau, the avenue of the same name joins the Trespoey neighbourhood to the city. It was in the middle of the 19C that it propsered, the English middle-classes moved here and had some elaborate villas built, setting them in eno..

  • 5 Lawrence Park Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Montpensier F - 64000 Pau

    The English discovered Pau in 1840 and the effect was extraordinary - Rue Montpensier (and Rues Raymond-Planté, O'Quin and Bargoin that cross it) are distinctly British in style with their eclectic villas. The same can also be said of Parc Lawrence (..

  • 6 Bernadotte Museum

    Museums and art

    8 r. Tran F - 64000 Pau

    Marshall Bernadotte, whose family lived on the 2nd floor of this traditional pebbledash building, became king of Sweden in 1818 under the name of Charles XIV. His descendants still reign in Stockholm. The pomp of the upper salons contrasts greatly wi..

  • 7 Plantier de Pau

    Nature and gardens

    5 allée du Grand-Tour F - 64000 Pau

    This sport is practised on courts called plantiers with a 6.2kg ball and nine 96cm skittles, and is seen as the ancestor of bowling. Played from the Landes to the Aveyron, this sport has 650 official permit-holders in the Hautes-Pyrénées region.

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