Pau is situated in the heart of the former Sovereign state of Béarn, birthplace of Henry lV and seat of the Kings of Navarre. Book a flight to Pau and explore the Château de Pau, a classified French Historic Monument before heading to the Musée Bernadotte, which retraces the history of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte who later became King of Sweden and Norway. Take time during your holiday to stop at Château Montaner and Morlanne, strongholds of the Sun Prince, Gaston Fébus. Pau is home to an incredibly rich religious heritage: the Romanesque Lescar Cathedral, the Gothic church at Saint Girons de Monein, the Baroque sanctuary of Lestelle-Bétharram, not forgetting the Art Deco Saint Joseph, Notre Dame and Saint Pierre de Pau churches. Reserve a hotel room in Pau, at a stone’s throw from these landmarks. Aquitaine in South West France is also known for its cuisine and no holiday would be complete without trying its specialities. Tuck into a ‘garbure’ bean and corn soup, a ‘poule au pot’ casserole or some local foie gras. Wash it down with a glass of Jurançon, a white wine produced at the foothills of the Pyrenees, or, if you prefer reds, a sip or two of Madiran, the perfect accompaniment to a hearty bowl of Cassoulet!