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Visit Jurançon Wine Cave

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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.

Web Site:www.cavedejurancon.com
Address:La Cave de Gan - Jurançon - 53 Av Henri IV - 64290 GAN
Phone:05 59 21 57 03

Jurançon Wine House

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.vins-jurancon.fr
Address:Lacommande, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:05 59 82 70 30

Carnaval Biarnés

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

This the Carnival of Pau with street music and dances, farmer's market and the traditional bear hunt!
Dates: February 23rd to 26th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.carnavalbiarnes.com
Address:Place Clemenceau, Pau, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

Little Train of Artouste

Category:Scenic Train Rides Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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.

Web Site:www.altiservice.com/236-37743-Accueil.php
Address:Village de Fabrèges 64440 LARUNS
Phone:05 59 05 36 99

Grand Prix de Pau

Category:Sporting Events Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Every year the city of Pau welcomes the Grand Prix that takes place in two successive weekends, the first weekend is assigned for the Historical Grand Prix and the second one for the modern cars competition.
Dates: May 19th, 20th, 21th 2017 and the historical grand prix on May 27th and 28th 2017

Web Site:www.grandprixdepau.fr
Address:Pau
Phone:

Salmon Festival at Navarrenx

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dates: June 3rd and 4th 2017

Web Site:www.tourisme-bearn-gaves.com/content/fêtes-et-manifestations-en-béarn-des-gaves
Address:Navarrenx
Phone:

Little Churches' Festival

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

This festival dedicated to the sacred heritage of the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains includes classical music concerts, opera and text readings. It is a unique opportunity to discover the little Romanesque and Baroque gems of the Pyrenees valleys.
It takes place every year in the months of July and August.
This year the first concert takes place on Friday 21st of July 2017 in VIELLE-AURE at Saint-Barthélémy church.

Web Site:www.festivaldespetiteseglises.fr
Address:Bourisp, Hautes-Pyrénées.
Phone:

Orthez Medieval Festival

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Friday, July 28, 2017 from 2pm on the site of Château Moncade: medieval encampment, falconry show, medieval music, etc.

Web Site:www.orthezanimation.com/fetemedievale
Address:Château Moncade, Orthez, Pyrenees Orientales
Phone:

Medieval Festival of Montaner

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Montaner, is a little town 41 km (25.5 mi) East of Pau, and with its Gaston Fébus fort and its painted church a major tourist site of Aquitaine ("Site majeur d'Aquitaine").
The medieval festival that takes place here since 2002, one whole weekend in July, features medieval musical concerts, medieval cuisine workshops, staged sword fights, tournaments, introduction to medieval dances and other animations that make the delight of the Middle Age history lover.
Dates: July 8th and 9th 2017

Web Site:medievales-montaner.over-blog.com
Address:Montaner, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

Medieval Day at Sauveterre-de-Béarn

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The medieval festival features: knights and reenacting of medieval life, candle making and blacksmith workshops, medieval music etc.
Date: July 29th 2017
Sauveterre-de-Béarn is situate 60km (32 mi) west of Pau.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-bearn-gaves.com/content/sauveterre-de-béarn-village-fortifié-face-aux-pyrénées
Address:Sauveterre-de-Béarn
Phone:

Junte de Roncal

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"Junte de Roncal" or "Le tribute des trois vaches" which means "The tribute of the three cows" is celebrated each year since...1375 in the Pierre-Saint-Martin pass at 1760 meters (5774 ft) altitude on July 13th.
Each year the mayors of six villages of Bearn wearing blue-white-red sashes meet with the representatives of ten communities from Navarre dressed in their black traditional outfits and solemnly re-sign a peace treaty while the French give the Spaniards three cows.
The legend goes that the treaty was signed after a long dispute for a spring between two - one French and one Spanish - shepherds.
Each year the event is attended by hundreds of tourists.
The Pierre-Saint-Martin is situated some 74 km (46 mi) south of Pau.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.lapierrestmartin.com
Address:Pierre-Saint-Martin, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Phone:

Orthez Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Orthez is the ancient capital of Béarn. Each year its mixed - French,Spanish, Basque, Béarnais - heritage is celebrated during the Orthez Festival (Féria d'Orthez).
The festivities stretch over 5 days each year at the end of July and include bullfight races, abrivado (the "guiding" of bulls by men on horses), sporting events like fishing competition, equestrian competitions, bowling and many street music concerts.
Dates: July 21st - 24th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.mairie-orthez.fr
Address:Orthez
Phone:

September in Béarn

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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.

Web Site:www.septembre-en-bearn.com
Address:Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Phone:

Mauvezin Castle Medieval Festival

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dates: August 13th, 14th and 15th 2017

Web Site:mauvezin.ostau-bigordan.com/
Address:10 Rue du Château, 65130 Mauvezin
Phone:05 62 39 10 27

Espadrille Day in Mauléon

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Mauléon is the French capital of espadrille!
The animations include folk entertainment, songs, dances and pelote games, espadrille making demonstrations.
Date: August 15th, 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.soule-xiberoa.fr/
Address:Mauléon - 60km (37mi) southwest of Pau
Phone:

Hesta de Nosta Dama

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each year on the 15th of August the population of Laruns in Ossau Valley celebrates its patronal feast. With this occasion the town becomes an open air stage with scenes reminiscent of the ancient rural way of life.
This event is listed in the nonmaterial heritage of France by the ministry of culture.
Laruns is located some 40km (29 mi) south of Pau.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ossau-pyrenees.com
Address:Laruns, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

Fête des Vendanges au Chateau de Crouseilles

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"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 2017

Web Site:pratique.tourisme64.com
Address:Route de Madiran, 64350 Crouseilles
Phone:05 59 68 10 93

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

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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

free thing to do
Web Site:www.facebook.com/Les-Myst%C3%A8res-de-la-Cit%C3%A9-249199071826934/
Address:Lescar,Pyrenees-Atlantiques
Phone:0630932916

Salt Festival of Salies-de-Bearn

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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 7th to 10th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-bearn-gaves.com
Address:64270 SALIES DE BEARN
Phone:05 59 69 20 06

"Corn Feast" at Chateau Làas

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Bearn region, where Laàs Domain is located, is among the first regions of Europe to cultivate corn after it was brought from the "New World".
The "Corn Feast" takes place since 2000 during the second weekend of October.
Date: October 8th 2017

Web Site:www.domainedelaas.fr
Address:34390 Laàs
Phone:05 59 38 91 53

Hera deu Hromatge

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"Hera deu Hromatge" means in the local béarnais language "The Cheese Fair".
Each year the little town of Laruns - some 40km (25 mi) south of Pau - holds on the first weekend of October a famous Cheese Fair.
The fair features street traditional songs and dances, old crafts, a cheese competition, farmer's market, demonstrations of sheep shearing etc.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.pyrenees-bearnaises.com
Address:Laruns, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

"Stars Of Pau" Equestrian Competition

Category:Sporting Events Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The "Stars of Pau" represents the only International 4 stars three-day event of France.
This event is a part of the closed circle of equestrian events of the world that include: Burghley, Badminton, Kentucky, Adelaïde, Lühmuhlen and Pau.
The event has been taking place each year in the month of October since 1990.
Dates: October 12th to 16th 2016

Web Site:www.event-pau.fr
Address:Domaine de Sers, Allée Comte de Buffon, 64000 PAU
Phone:05 59 92 94 25

Gourmet meals on budget

Category:Food and Wine Activity month:

The "Taste Trades" High School Restaurant of Morlaas close to Pau offers gourmet lunches and dinners prepared by the students under the supervision of their teachers.
It offers also cooking classes open to everybody.
By reservation only.

Web Site:www.lyceeprofessionnel-morlaas.fr/index.php?id_menu=8&id_article=4
Address:Av. des Cimes 64160 MORLAAS
Phone:05.59.33.02.51

Golf at Pau Golf Club

Category:Sporting Events Activity month:

Pau Golf Club is the oldest of its kind on the continental Europe. It was established in 1826 by members of the British community of Pau.
The club maintains in its design the unmistakable British character.

Web Site:www.paugolfclub.com
Address:Pau Golf Club 1856, Rue du Golf, 64140 BILLERE
Phone:05 59 13 18 56

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