Pau

Renovation of the Market Hall

The renovation of the Market Hall, located in the heart of the city and attracting huge crowds thanks to the variety and wealth of the stalls, is a priority for the city of Pau. It is an essential equipment both for the area and for the city as a whole. The renovation will put the Hall in line with the latest safety regulations and will improve the commercial development as well as the comfort of the customers. To make the Market Hall more attractive and functional requires remodelling the site to underline its characteristics as an urban, commercial, convivial and emblematic site for a dynamic city proud of its past and ready to tackle the challenging task of updating its town centre. The works will focus on the facades, allow the installation of offices on the upper floors and meeting halls at street level and to enhance the commercial aspect by creating mezzanines to accommodate more stalls.

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© Ville de Pau - Communauté d'agglomération Pau-Pyrénées
66 times a stage town
87,500 inhabitants
Prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.pau.fr
Specialities: Béarnaise sauce, garbure, poule au pot (chicken in a pot), foie gras, confit, Jurançon, Béarn wines, gâteau à la broche, merveilles (fritters), coucougnettes du Vert Galant (sweets), jams, honey
Economy: services, petroleum and geosciences engineering, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro alimentary industry, aerospace, information technology, tourism
Sport: Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise (rugby), golf, Basque pelota, elite French canoeing centre
Personalities: Henri IV, Saint-John Perse (poet), Vladimir Nabokov, Christian Laborde (writers), Patrice and Tony Estanguet (kayak), Stéphane Augé (cycling), Julien Escudé (football)
Festivals : Carnaval Biarnès (February, Festival de danses plurielles, Images de Montagne, Urban Session, Ciné Cité, The Summer in Pau (song), Book Fair, Festival Access (electronic music, November)


Binda's missed appointment with the tour

The city of Henry IV has hosted the race 66 times, putting it behind only Paris and Bordeaux. The list of winners in Pau is a Who's Who of cycling. Since Alfredo Binda got things under way in 1930, Robic, Coppi, Bahamontes, Gimondi, Hinault, Kelly, Delgado, Chiappucci and Pereiro have all raised their arms here. The inaugural victory taken by Alfredo Binda deserves attention because it was one of only two that the greatest champion of the inter-war period took on the Tour. He won again the next day at Luchon. The Lombard, who almost took on French nationality at the start of his career, only took part in this 1930 race, cold shouldering it for the rest of his career. Blessed with a huge engine, he was one of the first riders to stay seated on the toughest ascents, which led René Vietto to say: “You could put a glass on his head and he would climb the Tourmalet without spilling a drop.” Triple world champion, winner of 41 stages at the Giro, Binda still won the Tour four times, but as directeur sportif of the Italian team. Several riders have won twice in Pau, such as Fiorenzo Magni, Bernard Hinault and, much more recently, Pierrick Fédrigo, winner in 2010 and 2012. Last year, the city hosted the start of the 18th stage to Hautacam, where Nibali crossed the line alone.

© P.Perreve
66 times a stage town
87,500 inhabitants
Prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.pau.fr
Specialities: Béarnaise sauce, garbure, poule au pot (chicken in a pot), foie gras, confit, Jurançon, Béarn wines, gâteau à la broche, merveilles (fritters), coucougnettes du Vert Galant (sweets), jams, honey
Economy: services, petroleum and geosciences engineering, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro alimentary industry, aerospace, information technology, tourism
Sport: Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise (rugby), golf, Basque pelota, elite French canoeing centre
Personalities: Henri IV, Saint-John Perse (poet), Vladimir Nabokov, Christian Laborde (writers), Patrice and Tony Estanguet (kayak), Stéphane Augé (cycling), Julien Escudé (football)
Festivals : Carnaval Biarnès (February, Festival de danses plurielles, Images de Montagne, Urban Session, Ciné Cité, The Summer in Pau (song), Book Fair, Festival Access (electronic music, November)


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Places to see

Henri IV's Château
Built on a spur above the Gave, the castle dates back to the Middle Ages, but it owes his current appearance to Gaston Fébus. Henry IV was born there on 13 December 1553. It is now a museum.
http://www.musee-chateau-pau.fr/

The Palais Beaumont
The Winter Palace, built in 1900 to attract rich clientele holidaying in the city, is now home to a casino and one of the most beautiful congress centres in Europe. Its English garden features remarkable trees and an open air theatre, where many shows are put on, including the popular music festival, L'Été à Pau.

Boulevard des Pyrenees
On Boulevard des Pyrenees, the Pau Horizons panorama has been listed since 1944: the unique landscape combines the Gave river and the hillsides scattered with vines, woods and villas with the Pyrenees in the background.

The Gave de Pau Urban Nature Park
The 250 ha park spreads over 13 km along the banks of the Gave. Remarkable for his natural treasures, the park is an opportunity for every citizen to enjoy nature inside the city.
Linking Betharram to Bayonne, the cycling trail along the banks is ideal for riding solo or in groups. The site will be completed by the end of 2015.
www.agglo-pau.fr

Gelos Stud Farm
Created by Napoleon in Château du Duplàa in the early 19th century, The Gelos National Stud Farm is one of the most beautiful equestrian sites in France with its 13 ha park. The stables house 140 studs from 10 different breeds.
www.haras-nationaux.fr

Boulevard des Pyrenees © Flo641Beaumont Park © Ville de Pau - Communauté d'agglomération Pau-PyrénéesChâteau de Pau © Flo641Château de Pau © Flo641The Gave de Pau Urban Nature Park © MFDGelos Stud Farm © Ville de Pau - Communauté d'agglomération Pau-Pyrénées
66 times a stage town
87,500 inhabitants
Prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.pau.fr
Specialities: Béarnaise sauce, garbure, poule au pot (chicken in a pot), foie gras, confit, Jurançon, Béarn wines, gâteau à la broche, merveilles (fritters), coucougnettes du Vert Galant (sweets), jams, honey
Economy: services, petroleum and geosciences engineering, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro alimentary industry, aerospace, information technology, tourism
Sport: Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise (rugby), golf, Basque pelota, elite French canoeing centre
Personalities: Henri IV, Saint-John Perse (poet), Vladimir Nabokov, Christian Laborde (writers), Patrice and Tony Estanguet (kayak), Stéphane Augé (cycling), Julien Escudé (football)
Festivals : Carnaval Biarnès (February, Festival de danses plurielles, Images de Montagne, Urban Session, Ciné Cité, The Summer in Pau (song), Book Fair, Festival Access (electronic music, November)


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Pyrenees National Park

Cauterets, the stage's town of arrival is located in the Pyrenees National Park, which stretches the length of the border with Spain, spanning six valleys. This is where Atlantic and Mediterranean climatic influences converge, and the area boasts a diverse range of natural, cultural and landscape features. It is home to more than 4,000 animal species and has some of the most original flora in Europe, including asters and the Pyrenean lily. Since 1987, the Park has been working on a project to reintroduce the Iberian ibex on the French side of the Pyrenees.

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Vue sur le Parc national des Pyrénées © P. Meyer / Parc national des Pyrénées
66 times a stage town
87,500 inhabitants
Prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.pau.fr
Specialities: Béarnaise sauce, garbure, poule au pot (chicken in a pot), foie gras, confit, Jurançon, Béarn wines, gâteau à la broche, merveilles (fritters), coucougnettes du Vert Galant (sweets), jams, honey
Economy: services, petroleum and geosciences engineering, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro alimentary industry, aerospace, information technology, tourism
Sport: Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise (rugby), golf, Basque pelota, elite French canoeing centre
Personalities: Henri IV, Saint-John Perse (poet), Vladimir Nabokov, Christian Laborde (writers), Patrice and Tony Estanguet (kayak), Stéphane Augé (cycling), Julien Escudé (football)
Festivals : Carnaval Biarnès (February, Festival de danses plurielles, Images de Montagne, Urban Session, Ciné Cité, The Summer in Pau (song), Book Fair, Festival Access (electronic music, November)


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