Hotel Bristol in Pau, European city of sport

May 1, 2022
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The Hotel Bristol Pau takes you on a tour of its city, which has been awarded the "active and sporty city" label. Among the candidates, 400 cities participated to win the label, 200 cities were awarded and only 6 deserved the highest distinction, including Pau.

Sport represents the identity and pride of a whole region. The Pau Bearn Pyrenees agglomeration supports high-level sport through the support of major clubs and major events on an international scale. This helps to create social links around attractions.

Pau, a sporting capital, draws its wealth from a multitude of omnisport champions such as Tony Estanguet, triple Olympic champion and one of the most eminent flag bearers, as well as his older brother Patrice, who contributed to the creation of the white water park in 2008. 

The city of Pau has the oldest continental golf course.

Pau Automobile Grand Prix - May 2022

The Hotel Bristol presents a unique event taking place in the city of Pau that is not to be missed, the Automobile Grand Prix. 

It is an opportunity to admire all the new automotive technologies with demonstrations. This event aims to present the new energies used to drive these super-powered cars.

On the programme, the first round of the first FIA ETCR Electric Touring World Cup, the first round of the famous FIA WTCR Touring World Cup, the single-seaters of the Euroformula Open, the FFSA F4 French Championship...

Watch drivers from all over the world compete to cross the finish line on a circuit located just 10 minutes from the Hotel Bristol Pau on 6, 7 and 8 May 2022 to discover the new technologies found in modern cars.

During the same month, on the weekend of 21 May, take a trip back in time with the car race involving old cars.

Discover the Pau racecourse

Pau's racecourse and golf course are very old and are the first continental ones. They were built by the English when Pau was still an English resort town (end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th century) before Biarritz.

After a year spent behind closed doors due to the pandemic, the Hotel Bristol Pau presents the city's racecourse, which can at last welcome back its public. 

Spread over an area of 40 hectares, with 110 boxes, 12 stalls and home to some 15 trainers with around 1000 horses, this visit will blow you away.

Located 15 minutes by car from the Hotel Bristol, it is easily accessible. Built on the Pont-Long area, the Pau racecourse is a jewel in the crown of Pau's facilities. It is rightly considered by horse professionals as the second racecourse in France after Auteuil.

The Pont-Long site offers a variety of courses including indoor and outdoor hurdle and steeplechase tracks, steeplechase figure-eight tracks and a cross-country course.

Enough of following your favourite jockeys on television, come and meet them and bet on their performances during the winter meeting with the presence of several races called "PMU". This award has given the town a national reputation, with all the betting in France concentrated in Pau.

The famous white water stadium of Pau Béarn Pyrénées

If you are a thrill-seeker, the Hotel Bristol Pau offers you the chance to go on an adventure at the Pont d'Espagne white water base, an emblematic place in the region. Located in the heart of the Rives du Gave Urban Nature Park, the stadium was the venue for the 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2020 World Cup slalom events.

This park is an artificial white water stadium inaugurated in 2009, located in Bizanos, a town near Pau. It is the training centre for the French national slalom canoeing team. It was the first of three sites used for the 2009 Canoe Slalom World Cup. It is also a water park for recreational use by the general public.

This site includes a 300m long and 15m wide course with a 2% slope, a 7500m start and finish pool, amphitheatre seating for 2000 and a conveyor belt to return to the start.