From the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean sea, this region is focused on celebrating nature, food and tradition. In Béarn Pyrénées, young people lourish with their ideas, while nature is superbly preserved. In the background, the Pyrenees hypnotise, protect and unite this territory.
A TERRITORY TO EXPLORE
Homeland of Gaston Fébus, the “Pyrenean sun king”, the Pyrénées has a long history. Over the centuries, many castles were built at Pau, Morlanne and Montaner, the Moncade Tower, the manor house of Laàs, the Legend Bridge in Sauveterre de Béarn or the Portalet Fort! The region features three valleys of character and castles, dubbed “Cities and Countries of Art and History”. The richness and the decoration of the landscapes is unequivocal.
KNOW-HOW AND CREATIONS
For centuries, weavers settled at the edge of the roads to make their famous creations that have always inspired talent with innovative ideas.
A GENEROUS TERRITORY
The Emblem of Béarn, the breed of béarnaise cows is recognisable by its magni cent lyre- shaped horns and the elegance of its plain wheat-coloured dress. Robust and with a strong character, she narrowly escaped extinction thanks to passionate breeders. Every year, from June to September, shepherds and herds live and celebrate transhumance in the valleys of the Bearn Pyrénées. The variety of the territory combined with such a wealth of local produce attracts renowned chefs. In the country of well-being at the Béarnaise, many good tables from the simple “Assiette de Pays” to the starry table passing through the inns of villages and the tables of “Masters restaurateurs”.
When it comes to skiing in the Pyrénées, Gourette is the trendiest, Artouste offers an exceptional panorama in the Ossau valley and seduces snowboarders and freestyle enthusiasts. Pierre Saint Martin in Barétous valley, is a superb environment, ideal for families, beginners and adapted skiing. Not to mention the nearby ski resorts of Val d’Azun, Cauterets, Hautacam, or Luz-Ardiden.
Fun route, riddles and unusual accommodation in the trees of the park at Domaine and Château de Laas. “Escape Castle”: in the park and its theme gardens (bamboo rose garden), the manor lends itself to a hectic adventure – 60 minutes and two scenarios to escape from two mysterious rooms by solving puzzles. An “Art and lights” urban stroll in the Hédas district of Pau: a walk in the heart of the historic city through scented gardens. In Gan, the winery of Jurançon allows you to discover the backstage of winemaking with a guide who talks with passion about the course of the grape, from the press room to the cellar, aging through the fermentation tanks. Take part in a wine tasting in Jurançon and Béarn.
On the Way of St James, hikers and pilgrims converge towards the Pays Basque and the Béarn before crossing the Pyrénées, from St- Jean-Pied-de-Port, by the mythical Bentarte and Somport passes before embarking on the “Camino Frances”. A passage by Lourdes, less than an hour’s drive from Pau, is also conceivable.
Pau “city of art and history”
With its castle that was the birthplace of Henri IV, its beautiful 19th Century holiday homes, with “remarkable trees and species” and its panorama of the Pyrénées, Pau deserves its title. Smartphone apps, audio-guided tours, treasure hunts and interactive terminals allow you to discover this heritage.
- Pyrénées Regional Nature Park, 3 nature sites (the Parc’Ours, the Asson zoo, the vulture cliff) and fascinating wildlife (bears, marmots, vultures, izards, ibex …).
- 3 “cities and countries of art and history” (Bearn Pyrénées, Béarn des Gaves and Pau) and 2 sites classi ed by UNESCO (Oloron Cathedral and the Way of St James).
- Gastronomy: 1st French area for producing sheep cheese and second for foie gras.
- Air’py – Pau Pyrénées (PUF) Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD) Berlin: 2hrs 30 mins Brussels: 1hr 45 mins London: 1hr 45 mins Paris: 1hr 30 mins Biarritz Pays Basque (BIQ) Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS)
- Pau TGV Paris: 4hrs 10mins