Situated just north of the Pyrenees Mountain Range is the verdant city of Pau. It crowns the top of a gently rising hill, and the city looks out over the Gave de Pau River. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will delight in the many notorious activities that take place here, and this region of France has much to offer to those wishing to either participate in these recreations or to cheer the professional athletes on as a spectator. With a car hire from Auto Europe in Pau, you are just a 50 km drive from the Pyrenees National Park and Spain's border.
Referred to as Pau Porte des Pyrenees (PPP), The Gate to the Pyrenees has been a start and/or finish stage for the Tour de France over 60 times. This portion of the race is considered to be one of the most rigorous terrains of the world famous competition because it has cyclists fiercely pedaling on the inclines throughout the mountain range.
Pau also boasts claim to Europe's oldest 18-hole golf course (designed and created from years 1856 to 1860), and it is still in use today. There is a popular walking and jogging trail that runs alongside the golf course and the Gave de Pau River. The picturesque route begins near the Château de Pau, and it is one of many paths you may explore in the city. You will also find that many equestrian events take place here, and there are plenty of canoeing and kayaking opportunities to take advantage of along the river.
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