The department is particularly renowned for its wine growing and the vines, often planted on natural terraces or in cirques, are worth a visit for the great views they offer over the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, a famous mountain of the French Pyrenees. A great place to visit while staying at Pyrenees Atlantiques accommodation is to take the pilgrimage route which eventually leads to Compostella in Spain. On the way you'll find 19 monuments and a part of the Le Puy route which are all included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Gate of Saint-Jacques in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is just one of the features on the list.
There are many quaint cities and towns close to Pyrenees Atlantiques accommodation, for example Pau, which was the birthplace of King Henry IV and now is a great city with many shops and also has the Musée des Beaux Arts. St Jean de Luz is another place to check out with it's Spanish-influenced architecture and range of activities to try such as sailing, hiking and skiing. For more ski resorts in the area though, the mountains to the east of the Béarn offer 3 resorts to choose from. Bordering Pyrenees Atlantiques holiday rentals is the Landes department in Aquitaine.