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Parks & Gardens in Pau-Pyrénées


The green city

Pau, the green city. Pau the garden city.

From the moment you leave the motorway, you are ushered into the heart of Pau on a carpet of green.

Once there? the capital of Béarn invites the visitor to stroll throught its unique trail of parks and gardens, to admire the gentle palm trees as they sway against the backdrop of the awesome Pyrenees, or to revel in the serene and beautiful atmosphere created by oak trees, Lebanese cedar trees and evergreen redwoods.

And what about the lime trees that line the Royal Square, or the Japanese Garden, or the Mexican Garden, or even the Renaissance Garden ?

Splendid trees everywhere, and all surrounded by flowers, flowers and more flowers, all fed and nurtured by Pau's wonderful climate.

By the 16th century, Antoine de Bourdon was already an internationally-renowned figure.

His children, Henri IV and Catherine de Navarre, had already begun importing trees from Spain.

By the 19th century the somptuous parks of some 300 English villas stretched all over the city.

With more than 750 hectares of public green zones, and countless private gardens, Pau has been awarded with the "4 flowers" grade since 1983 and won the Grand Prix National de fleurissement in 1990 and 1996..

It boasts one of the highest ratios of greenery per square metre per capita of any European city (80 m² per capita).

From park to park and flower by flower, come and savour the gentle joy of a holiday in the garden city of Pau.






















Gardens in the city


The experts from the Botanical Gardens Conservatory of Bordeaux have referred to certain trees in Pau as "remarkable" because of their height, age or rarity.

The town of Pau provides both its inhabitants and numerous visitors with huge elegantly planned areas covered with a variety of different flowers.

Here are a few examples: the National estate of the castle, the square of the Saint Martin church, the modern gardens of the department's public building (l'hôtel du département), le boulevard des Pyrénées (Pyrennees avenue), the Joanthro gardens, the Beaumont and Lawrence parks and the Besson square.

















Being in the countryside in the agglomeration

The Pau-Pyrenees Agglomeration Community represents 14 communes which are responsible for managing major projects of community interest.

An environment charter allows them to work together to maintain and improve the quality of life of the areas that they share.

Almost all of these communes have either planned or natural picturesque sites.

Here are a few examples to highlight the abundance and variety available within the area.


Gan and Jurançon: Hillsides and vineyards















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Pau, Gelos, Bizanos and Mazères-Lezons:
A magnificent white water stadium called "Porte de Gaves" (home to the Elite France Pole) is built at the convergence of these four communes since 2008.

 Water stadium of Pau


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Bizanos: The huge forest park of the Franqueville Castle marks the beginning of the Henry IV Way.

This beautiful hiking trail links Pau and Lourdes.

The park provides visitors with a superb view towards the south and the Pyrenees.

















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Gelos: The National Stud Farm of Pau Gelos (Le Haras National) is situated in the middle of a 32-acre park planted with trees.















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Lescar: This former episcopal city houses surprising and rather romantic places which visitors are able to discover during their visits such as the Banère way (chemin de la Banère), the lake of the Carolins, the Beneharnum garden and the historic site of the Bilaà.























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Lons: From the edges of the Gave de Pau to the commune of Serres-Castet, the town's regional planning is punctuated by built-up districts and pleasant immense parks and green areas which favour relaxation and sport activities.

Who does not know the Sports complex, the Lons Woods and the edges of the Gave de Pau and Daniel Lake?

















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Billère: Since 1856, the second town of the Bearn region in terms of inhabitants has been the home to the oldest golf course built on the European mainland.

The saligue of the Gave de Pau, on the edge of the golf course, is an ideal place for walks.

Children particularly enjoy "Tony's garden", which is an educational farm enabling visitors to become better acquainted with the work and joys of life in the countryside.
















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Artigueloutan, Idron, Lée, Ousse and Sendets: These 5 small communes are either bordered or criss-crossed by waterways, including the Ousse which is the main river.

These villages have become very residential but have lost nothing of their charm of yesteryear.

The local authorities and inhabitants ensure that these villages are covered in flowers.






























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"Rendez-vous aux jardins" (The "Rendez-vous aux jardins" is an invitation to explore and enjoy the treasures of public and private parks and gardens).

This national event has over the years become as important as the Heritage Celebration Days (les Journées du Patrimoine).

During these days the towns and sites are often shown off to their best.

Certain establishements even organise activities to show the places to advantage.

In June 2006, the town of Billère and the Park of the National Estate of the Castle of Pau proposed an educational and entertaining programme entitled "Jardins Noctiluques".

The village of Montardon organised "Jardin à feuilleter" (leafing through the garden) and the Gardens of the Viven Castle organised a celebration to mark the event.

You are cordially invited at the beginning of June 2007 to the Rendez-vous aux jardins in Pau-Pyrenees!


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