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Pau is situated in the South-West of France and is the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Aquitaine region. It has 82,000 inhabitants and is located 100 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 50 km from the Pyrenees. From the city of Pau you have a magnificent view over the Pyrenees, especially in snowy conditions. The best view is from the boulevard des Pyrénées.
Pau has been founded in the 11th century on a ford on the river where the shepherds coming from the northern plains crossed the river to go to the mountains in summer. A castle has been built later mid-way from Morlaas and Lescar which were the important cities of Bearn at the time (with Monein and Orthez). In the 14th century Pau becomes a city during the rule (count of Bearn) of Gaston III Fébus. His son, Gaston IV, married the heiress of Navarre in 1454 and moves his government to Pau which becomes the capital city of Bearn. The old military castle becomes the residence of the counts (and from then kings of Navarre) of Bearn. Henri d’Albret, father of the future Henri IV king of France builds the castle which is still the landmark of the city in 1530, surrounding it with beautiful gardens. The city was the torn in the 16th century by the religion wars. The king of Navarre was protestant and the area still is densely populated by Protestants (compared to other areas of France). Henri IV is the most important historical character of Pau since he was king of France. He has been succeeded by Louis XIII who included Bearn to the kingdom of France.
The Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, founded in 1972, means there is a high student population. Pau is the historic city of the court of the kings of Navarre and of the castle where Henri IV was born. Pau is also very proud of the Pau Golf Club, the oldest golf course in the European continent.
Pau has much to offer and to explore. More information on things to see and to visit can be found here.
Pau is located at the foot of the Pyrenees, not far from the Atlantic Ocean. With the pleasant southern climate, you will see a lot of palms. The average temperature in Pau is about 18 – 22 degrees during September and October. There are approximately 7 sun hours per day.
The international dialing code: + 33
Area code for PAU: 05
Electrical Current in France is 220 volts and most sockets are two pin.
No vaccinations are required to enter France.
Money and banking facilities
The official currency is the Euro.
Various banks are situated throughout the city. The banking hours are on working days (Mon - Fri) from 09:00 - 12:15 hrs and from 13:30 - 15:30 hrs. Some banks are open on Saturday mornings as well.
Passport and Visa
For travelling to France, you need a valid travel document. This document must be valid until 6 months after your stay.
Citizens of EU countries, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Norway and Sweden do not need any sort of visa to enter France, and can stay for up to ninety days. All other passport holders must obtain a visa before arrival in France from French Consulates in their country.
France is in the Central-European time-zone.
In France, all prices shown include tax and service (the latter is around 15% of the total price). However, if the service has been particularly good you may wish to leave a tip in order to show your appreciation. As a general rule, the amount is 5 to 10% of the total bill.