Boulevard des Pyrénées
Boulevard des Pyrénées
4.5
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Delta Charlie.
Clogheen, Ireland1,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The fairy tale like city of Pau is the capital of the Bearn province, where sauce Bearnaise was invented. It is located at the foot of the Pyrenees and is about 80 kilometres from the Spanish border and is also close to St Jean Pied de Port one of the oldest and most traditional starting points for the Camino de Santiago. It is very special to Irish cycling fans with Martin Early winning a stage into town and Sean Kelly donning the yellow jersey here in 1983. The two kilometre long Boulevard des Pyrenees with its pretty hotels, cafes and bars provides an ideal walking itinerary for discovering the city's beautiful architecture and soaking up its unique Gascon ambience. It is a spectacular mountain type version of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice with its palm trees and tropical plants and the mighty Pyrenees filling in the back drop. On a clear day one can see 83 peaks in an astonishing panorama, stretching across the horizon for sixty miles or so, with the Pic du Midi (2,884 m) the most easily identifiable feature. Truly memorable and the greatest cycling event on earth rides into town again very shortly!
Written July 21, 2018
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Nicholas K
Bellingham, WA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Pau, unlike other parts of France, is not overrun with tourists. And one of our favorite activities in Pau is strolling along the Boulevard des Pyrenees, with its flats and grand buildings on one side and the parks, trains and city down below on the other. The Pyrenees themselves are clearly visible to the south, probably about 25 miles away. Along the way are many delights, of which our favorite is the Place Royale.
Written December 25, 2017
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ju_ju627
Vancouver, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Just imagine have a cup of espresso, or a glass of cold white wine in a truly french café enjoy a breathtaking view. I still reminisce of this.

There are three bars sharing adjacent patios/terraces. Price: very reasonable. If you continue walking towards the castle, Le château de Pau, you will spot a Tea Salon (salon de thés). This place serves a variety of different teas. If you do not fancy a coffee or alcohol this is a place for you, if it is sunny outside, you will see beach chairs outside of the tea place. If you are visiting in a spring/summer time, there is a great ice-cream place in between.

Conclusions: lovely place!
Written February 6, 2017
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john h
Quillan, France1,402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Sunday - Pau is SHUT - virtually nothing for the tourist except to walk around. Many cafes/restaurants are also closed. The Boulevard has the church - stunning - which is, of course, always open. The road is used for various clubs to RDV. eg, while we were in Pau, the Porche Owners Club had use of the road, with free viewing for visitors. (details of events via tourist info office).

The cafes are sometimes open, and sometimes shut - can not be specific as it seems total pot luck.
Written September 29, 2015
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LancashireBridget
Lancashire175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
This is a must see. If you are in Pau or the surrounding area, take a special trip to walk along the boulevard. I find it is best seen in the early morning light in the summer. Heat haze and poor weather can obstruct the view of the mountains but on a clear day there isn't a better place to be.

Wonder from Parc Beaumont to the old town and stop at a couple of cafe bars on route to quench your thirst and take in the view. There are benches dotted along so you could spend the day there admiring the view if you wished.

Living at the end of the Boulevard, I must have walked it a hundred times, but everyday I am amazed by its beauty.

If you are down by the station, don't worry about the walk, take the funiculaire.
Written March 13, 2014
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NellyHastings
Hastings, UK393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
Lucky to be there on a nice day in Frebruary with the mountain chain covered in snow, a pretty picture indeed.
Written February 15, 2013
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Eva W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Boulevard is a must-do, must-see. View of the snow-capped Pyrenees
forever was just beautiful. Everywhere I walked was something to see, usually on both sides. So glad I did it!
Written November 10, 2023
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Pau, located on a south-facing hill, offers great views of the Pyrenees mountain range. To fully enjoy this attraction, the idea came up of a boulevard, so people could go on a stroll while enjoying this sight. In the second half of the 19th century Pau was one of the most fashionable places in Europe for wealthy foreigners to spend the winter months, thanks to its pleasant climate and to a book by a Scottish doctor. Most of them were British, later joined by Americans, who brought their lifestyle and pastime along, like golf, steeplechasing or foxhunting.

But the Belle Epoque was also the time of the flaneur, to wander around without purpose, maybe just to see and to be seen. Where could that have been more pleasant than at a boulevard with a view. To create this an engineer was approached, Adolphe Alphand, known as the father of the green spaces in Paris, who said that Pau needs its 'Promenade des Anglais' like Nice and who made the first plans for it. A long arcade was erected, on which the Boulevard now stands. It is well visible, when coming up from the railway station.

The Boulevard, mostly closed for cars and extending from the Château de Pau to the Beaumont Park, gets reached from the Railway Station, that used to bring all visitors in the old days, by a 'Funiculaire' since 1908. At the Boulevard, lined with fan palms, are several grand buildings, but also cafés and restaurants, where one can take a break.
Written January 19, 2023
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masboutin
Leicester, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
nothing more to add to the title, assuming it's not foggy or raining!
There's a number of bars that on a clear day have possibly the best views in the area
Written February 5, 2020
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GrahamH1956
Cleethorpes, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The heart of any visit to Pau. A lovely stroll with views across the Pyrenees and a selection of bars and cafes just a short walk from the town centre, chateau, etc..
Written January 22, 2020
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