The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrénées Travel Guide
Plan Your The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrénées Vacation
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.
From palatial beachside splendor in Biarritz to simple mountain auberges in the Basque country to Pyrenean refuges in the... read more
Dining in the regions of the Basque Country is invariably a feast, whether it's seafood, local lamb, or the famous migratory palombes... read more
Things To Do in The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrénées
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Catch a wave in Biarritz: Today Biarritz is Europe's surf capital, a far cry from its start as the favorite watering place of... Read more
The area around Biarritz has become Europe's hot-cool surfing center. The season kicks off big-time every summer with the Roxy Jam... Read more
Supping on the hearty regional cuisine makes perfect sense after a day of hiking the Pyrénées, which are best explored on foot. Day... Read more
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