Keeping with the rest of France, Pau is busiest in the summer. The city is warmest in July and August, with average peak temperatures ranging between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius. Travellers should expect flights to Pau and accommodation to be at its most expensive during these popular months. This is also the driest period of the year, creating the perfect conditions for golf, which is popular among visitors. Pau Golf Club, which opened in 1856, claims to be the oldest course on the continent. The Club features a pro shop, restaurant and bar.
Off-season visits in October will offer a reasonable climate of around 16 degrees Celsius, while Christmas time rarely sees temperatures drop below freezing. Visitors planning a trip during this time should look out for cheap flights to Pau and discounted room rates.
The beautiful Palais Beaumont hosts shows and special events throughout the year, as does neighbouring Lourdes. Alternatively, keep an eye on the racing calendar and coordinate a flight to Pau with the Pau Grand Prix.
Pau is a beautiful gingerbread town tucked away at the foot of Pyrenees, a medieval city of ornate chateaus and kingly palais framed by a mountain vista so enrapturing that celebrated French poet Alphonse de Lamartine described Pau as has having, “the world’s most beautiful view of the earth.”
The city is an ideal destination for romantic weekends, with winding cobblestone streets leading to cosy piazzas and well-tended gardens surrounded by a wealth of cafes and restaurants. Be sure to visit the medieval Château de Pau, birthplace of Henry IV OF France, before taking a trip up the Funiculaire de Pau, a scenic railroad that provides stunning views of the city below. A number of trails and tracks wind around the heights, and are well worth exploring after the train ride.
Pau also boasts a number of museums and galleries, as well as a wide variety of fine dining establishments, bars and cafes. A flight to Pau can also give easy access to other destinations; the Pyrenees are located 20 miles (32 km) away, while Lourdes is also within easy reach of the city centre, located just under an hour to the southeast. Last but not least, Pau is a celebrated centre of learning, with its university educating over 12,000 students from across France and the rest of the world.
Public transport is provided by the IDELIS bus network, while a free shuttle bus, the Coxitis, offers services in the city centre. Pau is also readily accessible on foot and by bicycle.
Pau is served by Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF), located northwest of the town. Flights operate to Lyon, Marseille and Paris throughout the year, with Bastia added on a seasonal basis. The IDELIS shuttle bus regular services between the airport and Pau city centre, Monday to Saturday, while the Proxilis 20 route links the airport with the city centre and train station.