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Even before it became a popular resort in the nineteenth century, Pau was always one of those perfectly-located destinations. With the Pyrenees National Park as its backdrop and the Basque country a stone's throw away, the capital of Béarn has nothing to feel ashamed of in front of its famous neighbors, Biarritz and San Sebastian.

Especially when you find out what wonders the city has. From the Boulevard des Pyrénées and its exceptional view of the mountain range to the church of Saint-Martin with its Byzantine influences and from the castle of Henry IV to the luxurious Beaumont palace, Pau's heritage is sure to arouse your curiosity. It's the kind of place that you just have to stroll around. Better still, take the cable car from the Boulevard des Pyrénées up to Place Royale with its tree-lined paths and timeless bandstand. Here, you will discover a contemplative town, integrated into a majestic and generous countryside that it constantly enhances. A magnificence like that of the impressive Beaumont gardens where you can go for a stroll and enjoy this wonderful natural setting, with the laughter of children in the background. Remember to pop a few Coucougnettes Vert Galant in your pockets, a local sweet made from almond and chocolate. Find other treasures by heading to the Museum of Fine Arts in Pau, whose interior decor, as well as its collections, will delight aficionados. In a building from the 1930s, feel the centuries melting away as you look at paintings by Degas, Rubens and Morisot. Finally, a stay at Pau wouldn't be complete without a detour to the Pau-Arnos circuit, renowned for its natural setting and its track devoted to mechanical performance. Feed your appetite for speed and treat yourself to a half-day of pure excitement!

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Pau • France

Hotel Parc Beaumont Pau MGallery by Sofitel

On the edge of Beaumont Park, a charming garden in the historic center of Pau, t...

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