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City:Pau

Little Train of Artouste

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Situated at 2000 meter in altitude the little train rail is the highest in Europe. The little train crosses outstanding sites like the Brousset valley, the banks of the l’Ours and d’Artouste lakes etc; in the heart of the Pyrenean Mountains of the Bearn region.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.altiservice.com/236-37743-Accueil.php
eyecandyAddress:Village de Fabrèges 64440 LARUNS
eyecandyPhone:05 59 05 36 99

Fête des Vendanges au Chateau de Crouseilles

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"Ban des vendanges" is the official starting of the grape harvesting season. Each French wine region has its own "ban des vendanges".
Chateau de Crouseilles is situated in the heart of Madiran wine region of the southwest of France. Each year it celebrates the starting of grape picking with a 3 day festival that includes visits of the wine cellar, wine tasting, farmers market, etc.
Date: September 10th and 11th 2016
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eyecandyAddress:Route de Madiran, 64350 Crouseilles
eyecandyPhone:05 59 68 10 93

Mysteries of the city - "Les mystères de la Cité"

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17 th edition of the "Mysteries of the City" in the city of Lescar. A medeival festival that includes activities like , medieval market, book fair, concerts, medieval camp, knight combats...
Date: September 16th and 17th 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.facebook.com/Les-Myst%C3%A8res-de-la-Cit%C3%A9-249199071826934/
eyecandyAddress:Lescar,Pyrenees-Atlantiques
eyecandyPhone:0630932916

Choral Music Feast - "Festin Choral"

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The feast takes place each year since 2007 in the town of Billère, near Pau. It is a popular festival with concerts not only in halls but also in the streets of the town, in market places etc.
Dates: September 23th, 24th, 25th 2016
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eyecandyWeb Site:festinchoral.fr
eyecandyAddress:Billère, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
eyecandyPhone:06 18 99 00 96

Salt Festival of Salies-de-Bearn

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Salies-de-Béarn in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, situated some 6Okm - 37mi- west of Pau, organizes each year during the second weekend the festival of salt the town's most importand merchandise.
Animations include parades of the brotherhoods, bandas, local products market etc.
Date: September 8th to 11th 2016
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.fetedusel.org/
eyecandyAddress:Salies-de-Béarn
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September in Béarn

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This festival that starts at the end of August and ends in the middle of October includes "The Lamb Festival" of Escot in late August, "The Garbure World Championship" in Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the first weekend of September, "The Salt Festival" of Salies-de-Béarn, "The Festival of Béarn Chants" in Siros at the end of September and "The Festival of Corn" in Laàs in the middle of October.
For dates and more information please check the festival's web site.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.septembre-en-bearn.com
eyecandyAddress:Oloron-Sainte-Marie
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Visit Jurançon Wine Cave

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Jurançon is the emblematic wine of Bearn (even Henri IV at his birth was made to swallow few drops of Jurançon as it was the custom in Bearn at the time!).
The caves of the Jurancon, with its ageing, assembling and wine bottling facilities, are open for visiting (on appointment) and tasting.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.cavedejurancon.com
eyecandyAddress:La Cave de Gan - Jurançon - 53 Av Henri IV - 64290 GAN
eyecandyPhone:05 59 21 57 03

Jurançon Wine House

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The "Jurançon Wine House" offers the possibility of tasting of 150 different wines from the Jurançon denomination (AOC Juraçon) as well as Madiran, Irouléguy and other South West wines.
The House organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events centered around the wine.
The Jurançon Wine House is situated in the town of Lacommand that includes also a Knights Hospitallers Commandery built in the beginning of the 12th century.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.vins-jurancon.fr
eyecandyAddress:Lacommande, Pyrénées Atlantiques
eyecandyPhone:05 59 82 70 30