Situated at the foot hills of the Pyrenees in the south of France, it is excellently located for seeing the surrounding sights, only an hour of Biarritz, an hour from the mountains and only 40 minutes from Lourdes. Pau can be reached with a non stop flight from Paris, Lyon, Marseilles or Bastia in Corsica. It is also possible to find a direct flight from London City airport by using our flight tool, allowing you to easily search for a cheap flight. Pau has a rich mixture of landscape, the snow capped Pyrenees in the background give way to lush greenery and palm trees. The focus point of Pau is the castle, built in 14th century, has been home to many of the French royalty. It holds the largest collection of tapestries in France, many of them brought in by Napoleon and Louis-Philippe to decorate it. The town has been the historical capital of Béarn since 1464 and is famous for local gastronomic delights such as the Bearnaise sauce, duck breast and confit.
There is a shuttle bus that transports you to the train station in the city centre. It takes around 30 minutes and costs about 1EUR. They run every hour from 7.40am to 7.45pm Monday to Saturday, outside these times, you must take a taxi for around 30 euros (£25). There are a handful of car hire companies at the airport. There are several places of interest to visit within an hour of the town. Try an afternoon of tasting the Jurançon wine. There are many vineyards south towards the mountains, perfect conditions to create a sweet white wine with hints of honey and exotic fruits. Find the origins of the area´s most famous sauce in Bord de Gave where the Bearnaise sauce started life as unsuccessful mix of shallots and vinegar in the kitchen if Henri VI. In the mountains to the south, you can try your hand at canyoning in the beautiful scenery and exciting water courses. There are instructors who speak English and are very experienced in this sport. A little further outside the town, you will find the Arnos racing circuit. Whether it´s cars or motorbikes you like, there are various events happening each week, track days, testing or racing. To the east of Pau is the small town of Tarbes. The main attraction of this town is the magnificent parks and 19th century gardens there. Pau is a great destination to visit in its own right, or used as a stop off to other destinations.