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Pau / Peyragudes

Pau

Pau

Recent years remind us that the stages leaving Pau often crown riders who then have their names on the victory list of the Tour. It was the case of Vincenzo Nibali after his success in Hautacam in 2014 and of Christopher Froome who had conquered the Yellow Jersey last summer in Bagnères-de-Luchon. One shouldn't forget the likes of Thomas Voeckler who had captured the polka-dot jersey at the same finish in 2012 or Rafał Majka who also comforted his in 2015 between Pau and Cauterets-Vallée de Saint-Savin.

Place Royale, Pau © Ville de Pau

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Prefecture of Pyrenees-Atlantiques (64)

Population: 77,600 (162,000 for the 31 communes of Pau Bearn Pyrenees.

Specialities: garbure (soup), hen pot, foie gras, magretand other duck and goose products, honey, coucougnettes du Vert Galant (grilles almonds coated with black chocolate and raspberry paste), chocolates Verdier, Francis Miot jam, the Russian (almond and cream cake), ossau-iraty (cheese), wines (Jurancon, Madiran, Pacherenc)

Celebrities: Henri IV (1553-1572 French King), Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte (1756-1835, Empire Field-Marshal then King of Sweden and Norway under the name of Charles XIV), André Labarrère (1928-2006 politician), Christian Laborde (writer and Tour de France lover) Robert Paparemborde (rugby union), Patrice Estanguet (canoeing Olympic medallist), Tony Estanguet (2000, 2004 and 2012 canoeing Olympic champion), Julien Escudé (footballer with FC Seville), Nicolas Escudé (tennis), Matthieu Ladagnous, Nicolas Portal (cycling).

Sport: Section Paloise (rugby union, Top 14), Élan bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (basket-ball, Pro A), Pau Canoë-Kayak Club Universitaire. Pau-Pyrenees canoeing stadium, pelota playground, Pau-Gelos stud farm, Pau-Sers hore racing training centre, golf (the oldest gof course in continental Europe, 1856). Events: Motor-racing Grand Prix, Les Étoiles de Pau (three-day event), 2017 canoeing world championships.

Economy: second economic centre in the Aquitaine region behind Bordeaux, army, university (11,000 students), geosciences, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, aeronautics, mechanics, computers, horse industry.   

Heritage: château de Pau (12thc century) and national museum, Saint-Louis theatre, museum of fine arts, Bernadotte museum, aviation museum, Pau Pays de Bearn orchestra, Tour of the Giants (open air museum dedicated to the Tour de France).

Festivals: CulturAmerica, Festival BD Pyrenees (comics), Flamenco y Feria, Les Idées mènent le monde (Ideas lead the world, literature), Hestiv' `Oc (festival of music and culture from the South), Un aller-retour dans le noir (crime novel book-fair), L'été à Pau (Summer in Pau, music), Un été au ciné (A summer at the movies), Biarnés carnival.

Sustainable development: awarded the Ribbons of sustainable development in 2012, 25 km of tracks and 100 km of cycling trails, free lift, bike station, IDELIS bus network, urban nature park on the banks of the Gave, 750 hectares of gardens and parks.

Slogan: Pau, capital of the Tour

Labels: town of art and history, Children friendly town, 4 flowers

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Pau and cycling

While the city of Henry IV hosted the Tour 67 times, placing it on the podium behind Paris and Bordeaux in terms of fidelity to the race, it is also since last summer the town of the Tour of Giants –– statues glorifying the winners of the greatest cycling race. On each of the totems feature the name and the picture of each winner by year with a text written by Pau-born writer Christian Laborde. The totems, nearly eight metres high, form a monument displayed in a park in Bois Louis, near the Philippe Tissie stadium. The site, organised in the shape of a spiral, will receive a new statue every year. On each statue of aluminium and glass also features the number of kilometres ridden that year, the average speed of the winner as well as pictures or drawings. By scanning a code with a smartphone, it is possible to listen to the text translated into several languages. At night, the monument will be lit and visible from Boulevard des Pyrenees.

Roger Pingeon lors du Tour de France 1968 © Presse SportsRoger Walkowiak lors du Tour de France 1956 © Presse SportsFerdi Kubler en compagnie de Bernard Hinault sur le Tour de France 1979 © Presse Sports

68 previous stages
Prefecture of Pyrenees-Atlantiques (64)

Population: 77,600 (162,000 for the 31 communes of Pau Bearn Pyrenees.

Specialities: garbure (soup), hen pot, foie gras, magretand other duck and goose products, honey, coucougnettes du Vert Galant (grilles almonds coated with black chocolate and raspberry paste), chocolates Verdier, Francis Miot jam, the Russian (almond and cream cake), ossau-iraty (cheese), wines (Jurancon, Madiran, Pacherenc)

Celebrities: Henri IV (1553-1572 French King), Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte (1756-1835, Empire Field-Marshal then King of Sweden and Norway under the name of Charles XIV), André Labarrère (1928-2006 politician), Christian Laborde (writer and Tour de France lover) Robert Paparemborde (rugby union), Patrice Estanguet (canoeing Olympic medallist), Tony Estanguet (2000, 2004 and 2012 canoeing Olympic champion), Julien Escudé (footballer with FC Seville), Nicolas Escudé (tennis), Matthieu Ladagnous, Nicolas Portal (cycling).

Sport: Section Paloise (rugby union, Top 14), Élan bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (basket-ball, Pro A), Pau Canoë-Kayak Club Universitaire. Pau-Pyrenees canoeing stadium, pelota playground, Pau-Gelos stud farm, Pau-Sers hore racing training centre, golf (the oldest gof course in continental Europe, 1856). Events: Motor-racing Grand Prix, Les Étoiles de Pau (three-day event), 2017 canoeing world championships.

Economy: second economic centre in the Aquitaine region behind Bordeaux, army, university (11,000 students), geosciences, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, aeronautics, mechanics, computers, horse industry.   

Heritage: château de Pau (12thc century) and national museum, Saint-Louis theatre, museum of fine arts, Bernadotte museum, aviation museum, Pau Pays de Bearn orchestra, Tour of the Giants (open air museum dedicated to the Tour de France).

Festivals: CulturAmerica, Festival BD Pyrenees (comics), Flamenco y Feria, Les Idées mènent le monde (Ideas lead the world, literature), Hestiv' `Oc (festival of music and culture from the South), Un aller-retour dans le noir (crime novel book-fair), L'été à Pau (Summer in Pau, music), Un été au ciné (A summer at the movies), Biarnés carnival.

Sustainable development: awarded the Ribbons of sustainable development in 2012, 25 km of tracks and 100 km of cycling trails, free lift, bike station, IDELIS bus network, urban nature park on the banks of the Gave, 750 hectares of gardens and parks.

Slogan: Pau, capital of the Tour

Labels: town of art and history, Children friendly town, 4 flowers

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Sights

Boulevard des Pyrenees
Completed in 1900, Pau's most famous street opens up on an exceptional panoramic view over more than150 km of the Pyrenees. Its 850-metres-long balustrade details the various summits. Jean-Charles Alphand, who also designed the Champs-Elysees in Paris, initiated the project when he said: “What Pau is missing is a Promenade des Anglais like in Nice.” The boulevard was conceived as a replica of the Nice promenade up in the mountains. It is the ideal spot to see and be seen. Perched at the top of an entirely artificial cliff, it was a technical and aesthetic prowess that has since organised Pau's urban development.

Park and Palais Beaumont
Built in 1900 for the rich tourists of the time, the Winter Palace known as Palais Beaumont is now home to a casino and a congress hall. The site is located inside a park composed with remarkable trees and an outdoor theatre.

National museum and castle of Pau
Built on a rocky ridge overlooking a ford on the Gave, the castle's foundations date from the early Middle-Ages. But the present aspect of the castle owes much to Gaston Febus, viscount of Bearn in the 14th century. In the next, it became the residence of the viscounts of Bearn, who inherited the kingdom of Navarre. Henri IV was born here in 1553. Restored by King Louis-Philippe, the castle became a museum in 1926. Alongside the royal apartments, it is home to several collections devoted to King Henri and a great number of tapestries, making it the biggest tapestry museum in France outside Paris.
Website: www.musee-chateau-pau.fr

Banks of the Gave
The 13 km of the banks of the Gave stretch over 250 ha. Remarkable by its natural heritage, the park is a spot of nature in the heart of town. Several pieces of equipment are available for the walkers-by like benches or picnic tables. The banks are also home to a canoeing spot.
www.agglo-pau.fr

National Stud Farm of Pau-Gelos:
In 1808, Napoleon I decided to create a National Stud Farm in Gelos, in the suburbs of Pau. It was set in the former residence of the president of the Finance Court of the Parliament of Navarre, one of the few 18th century buildings remaining in the region. It is nowadays a thriving institution specialised in reproduction, while Pyrenees-Atlantiques is France's leading department for horse breeding. The farm owns 60 stallions, both draught horses and race horses, and is specialised in the preservation of regional breeds.  The farm also houses a unique collection of 19th century carriages and coaches.
www.harasnationaux.fr

Haras de Gelos © C1972Vue sur le Château de Pau © Flo641Vue sur le Palais de Beaumont © Soazig de la MoissonniereVue sur les rives de la Gave © Flo641

68 previous stages
Prefecture of Pyrenees-Atlantiques (64)

Population: 77,600 (162,000 for the 31 communes of Pau Bearn Pyrenees.

Specialities: garbure (soup), hen pot, foie gras, magretand other duck and goose products, honey, coucougnettes du Vert Galant (grilles almonds coated with black chocolate and raspberry paste), chocolates Verdier, Francis Miot jam, the Russian (almond and cream cake), ossau-iraty (cheese), wines (Jurancon, Madiran, Pacherenc)

Celebrities: Henri IV (1553-1572 French King), Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte (1756-1835, Empire Field-Marshal then King of Sweden and Norway under the name of Charles XIV), André Labarrère (1928-2006 politician), Christian Laborde (writer and Tour de France lover) Robert Paparemborde (rugby union), Patrice Estanguet (canoeing Olympic medallist), Tony Estanguet (2000, 2004 and 2012 canoeing Olympic champion), Julien Escudé (footballer with FC Seville), Nicolas Escudé (tennis), Matthieu Ladagnous, Nicolas Portal (cycling).

Sport: Section Paloise (rugby union, Top 14), Élan bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (basket-ball, Pro A), Pau Canoë-Kayak Club Universitaire. Pau-Pyrenees canoeing stadium, pelota playground, Pau-Gelos stud farm, Pau-Sers hore racing training centre, golf (the oldest gof course in continental Europe, 1856). Events: Motor-racing Grand Prix, Les Étoiles de Pau (three-day event), 2017 canoeing world championships.

Economy: second economic centre in the Aquitaine region behind Bordeaux, army, university (11,000 students), geosciences, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, aeronautics, mechanics, computers, horse industry.   

Heritage: château de Pau (12thc century) and national museum, Saint-Louis theatre, museum of fine arts, Bernadotte museum, aviation museum, Pau Pays de Bearn orchestra, Tour of the Giants (open air museum dedicated to the Tour de France).

Festivals: CulturAmerica, Festival BD Pyrenees (comics), Flamenco y Feria, Les Idées mènent le monde (Ideas lead the world, literature), Hestiv' `Oc (festival of music and culture from the South), Un aller-retour dans le noir (crime novel book-fair), L'été à Pau (Summer in Pau, music), Un été au ciné (A summer at the movies), Biarnés carnival.

Sustainable development: awarded the Ribbons of sustainable development in 2012, 25 km of tracks and 100 km of cycling trails, free lift, bike station, IDELIS bus network, urban nature park on the banks of the Gave, 750 hectares of gardens and parks.

Slogan: Pau, capital of the Tour

Labels: town of art and history, Children friendly town, 4 flowers

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