City of Art and History
Pau is a city of discoveries that reveals secrets from a rich history with many influences.
The Château de Pau, the Gave plain, the Hédas ravine… all must-see attractions and evidence of events that marked and shaped the city. Since the 19th century, the casinos, grand hotels, theatres and the famous promenade along the Boulevard des Pyrénées have transformed the city, and together they made up the new face of Pau.
Parliamentarian, royal, English, cosmopolitan, contemporary… Pau is all of these. A certain way of life, a particular living environment design and a unique urban atmosphere.
Second largest economic centre in South West France
The Agglomeration Community of Pau-Pyrénées, the 2nd largest economic centre in Aquitaine, has 150,000 inhabitants in a catchment area of 237,000 inhabitants. Its position in South West France, halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, means that it benefits from a ripple effect from both regional cities.
The region’s economy has developed in three major historical focus areas:
- Agri-food and pharmaceuticals Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation Competitiveness Cluster
(national and international agricultural cooperatives and agri-food companies: Euralis, Famille Michaud beekeepers, Candia, etc.);
- Fine chemicals, Gases and Earth sciences Avenia Competitiveness Cluster
(major entities such as Total, the network of industrial and service subcontractors, private and public training centres, research laboratories, Avenia Competitiveness Cluster);
- Aerospace Aerospace Valley Competitiveness Cluster
From the Wright brothers to the aerospace industry (Safran, Turbomeca).
Sporting city par excellence
The City of Pau has always had a culture of sports that includes:
- Over 70 different sports accessible to everyone
- Professional clubs at national and international level: rugby, Pau Golf Club (oldest club in the world after the British Isles) basketball, pelota, white-water rafting, handball, etc.
- Sporting events of national and international importance and excellent facilities
- Tony Estanguet (three-time Canoeing/Kayaking Olympic Champion)
“Born in Pau and having participated in all the region’s outdoor sports activities (water, land and air) both recreationally and professionally for over 25 years, I am convinced that my passion and dedication are due to the wealth of this natural heritage and the dynamism of local personalities in favour of sport.”