For a panoramic view of the Bearnese Pyrenees, take up position on the Boulevard des Pyrénées, in Pau, looking out over the colossal Pic du Midi d'Ossau (2 884m). These commanding mountains mark out the limits of a mosaic of diverse but always green landscapes: the rolling hills of wine-growing country (Jurançon) and plains crossed by rivers, here called gaves, that are ideal for fishing and kayaking.
After all that exertion, sample some of the regional fare: poule au pot (chicken casserole), made popular by Henry IV, who was born in Pau, foie gras, sheep's milk cheeses and gâteau russe. Stop off for lunch in charming Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Salies-de-Béarn renowned for its saltwater pools, Sauveterre or Navarrenx, both medieval cities, Orthez and its must-see Pont Vieux...
And don't leave without buying a beret, part of the local costume, whose origins are in the city of Nay, gateway to the Col du Soulor.