Immediately to the south of Pau lies Jurançon, which is just saved from becoming a dormitory town of the city by the Gave de Pau which separates the two. The small town itself nestles on the floodplain, between the hills and the river.
The vineyards can be discovered on the south facing slopes of the hills behind, the grapes guarded by roses at the end of each row, ready to warn of any disease threatening the cultivation. A route des vins winds its way through hidden valleys and up steep, wooded slopes, now and then offering sudden views of the Pyrénées.
|St Faust - Cité des abeilles ||Natural History|
|An exhibition of bees at work in their natural habitat. They say only one visitor has ever been stung, and that was by a wasp!|
|Gelos - national stud ||Race courses|
|The Royal studs were founded in 1665. Today there are 23 national stud farms run by the French Ministry of Agriculture. This one was founded in 1808 by Napoleon Ist.|
The stud at Gelos is concerned not just with conserving the blood lines of race horses, but also of local ponies - the Pottok, the Mirens from the central Pyrénées and the Landes pony.
Horse shows are held there at the beginning of July (Anglo-Arab), end August (Arab) and beginning of November (French cart horses.)
|Gan and surrounds ||Small villages|
|Wine cellars and chateau for Jurançon white (dry and medium)|
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