The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrénées Travel Guide
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A pelota-playing mayor in the province of Soule recently welcomed a group of travelers with the following announcements: the Basque Country is the most beautiful place in the world; the Basque people are very likely direct descendants of Adam and Eve via the lost city of Atlantis; his own ancestors fought in the Crusades; and Christopher Columbus was almost certainly a Basque. There, in brief, was a composite picture of the pride, dignity, and humor of the Basques.
From palatial beachside splendor in Biarritz to simple mountain auberges in the Basque country to Pyrenean refuges in the Hautes-Pyrénées, the gamut of...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 (wood pigeons). Dishes...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 Empress Eugénie... 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 longboard... 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 trips to... Read more
If you are gonzo over games, you've come to the right place. Perhaps the best known and most spectacular of Basque sports is the ancestral ball... Read more
Techie travelers have embraced the fun, tech-driven, on-the-road adventure that is geocaching.... Read more
This week, we covered top destinations for great family getaways—from Disney World to dinosaur spotting.... Read more
Go on location in Görlitz, Germany, to the transporting set of director Wes Anderson's film... Read more
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