Go twenty minutes south on the train and you will find yourself at one of the holiest sites in the whole world. Each year seven million pilgrims visit the basilicas of the Cité Réligieuse, Lourdes. Do not miss visiting the castle fort, the Pic du Midi de Bigorre and The Gavarnie Cirque.
The Pyrenees ski resorts are easily accessible from Pau if you want to go on a ski holiday. The Pyrenees are more affordable than the Alps when it comes to passes and hire. You can reach the different destinations easily by buses and shuttles. Some of the ski areas in the area are: Saint-Lary Soulan : 100km of pistes, plenty of off-piste opportunities, kids’ park with its own toboggan run. Les Angles: is a huge ski area with loads of piste. La Mongie/Barèges: total of 69 pistes and 42 lifts.
Haute cuisine at its finest can be found in this restaurant nestled in the resplendent grounds of Parc Beamount. Here you can discover inventive modern dishes meeting traditional gastronomy from chef Christophe Canati. Starters you can choose from include smoked salmon and Aquitaine caviar.
This is another great restaurant in the old part of town. The menu focuses on fish and local specialities like grilled lobster and grilled tuna with roasted vegetables. During summers you can sit on the outside terrace and during the winters you can enjoy the cosy fireplace.
In the old part of Pau you will find this little gem. You might have to look carefully because this place is claimed to be hard to find. La Table d'Hote is very popular among the guests and coming here you will find yourself in a traditional, charming restaurant serving French food.
Pau-Pyrenees Airport (Aéroport Pau Pyrénées) is located seven kilometres north of the city centre and about an hour’s drive from the Pyrenees’ ski stations and the beaches of France’s south-west coastline. IDELIS shuttle bus runs from Pau-Pyrenees Airport to Pau town centre and Pau train station. The buses depart from the airport every hour from 7:40am-7:40pm. From the train station the bus leaves approximately every hour from 6:30am-7:50pm. You can buy tickets directly from the bus driver and the journey from Pau-Pyrenees Airport to Pau train station takes about 30 minutes. However, please notice the IDELIS shuttle bus does not run on Sundays or on French public holidays and that it is advisable to book a taxi instead. +33 559 141 516 www.reseau-idelis.com A list of approved taxis can be found at the Information Desk and also on display at the entrance to the terminal outside. It is advisable to book a taxi on Saturday evenings, Sundays and public holidays. +33 559 333 300 You can also find shuttle services upon request at the airport for Tarbes and Lourdes: Transports Lacoste +33 562 376 767 [email protected] Get U2 +33 678 464 377 [email protected] www.getu2.com
Pau town centre is compact enough for you to be able to cover all the areas of interest by foot. Alternatively, the STAP bus service is a cheap and reliable option. Shuttle buses run in the centre of Pau. You can choose between single fares, booklets, day passes and passes for longer periods. Bicycles can be rented in the city and cars can be rented both at the airport and in town.