The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrénées Travel Guide

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The Atlantic Pyrénées extend eastward from the Atlantic to the Col du Pourtalet, and encompass Béarn and the mountainous part of the Basque Country. Watching the Pyrénées grow from rolling green foothills in the west to jagged limestone peaks in the Béarn to glacier-studded granite massifs in the Hautes-Pyrénées makes for a dramatic progression of scenery. The Atlantic Pyrénées' first major height is at La Rhune (2,969 feet), known as the Balcon du Côte Basque (Balcony of the Basque Coast). The highest Basque peak is at Orhi (6,617 feet); the Béarn's highest is Pic d'Anie (8,510 feet). Not until Balaïtous (10,375 feet) and Vignemale (10,883 feet), in the Hautes-Pyrénées, does the altitude surpass the 10,000-foot mark. Starting east from St-Jean-de-Luz up the Nivelle River, a series of villages—including Ascain, Sare, Ainhoa, and Bidarrai—are picturesque stepping stones leading up to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and on into the Hautes-Pyrénées.

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