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

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Plan Your The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrénées Vacation

Several years back, a mayor in the province of Soule 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.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Bask in Biarritz This former fishing village has been trumped by a glitzy Second Empire aura, but you won't find the bathing beauties and high rollers complaining.
  2. Be charmed by Basque chic The camera-ready villages of Ainhoa, Sare, and St-Jean-de-Luz show off quirky, colorful, and asymmetrical Basque architecture.
  3. Indulge yourself in Michel Guérard's Les Prés d' Eugénie The co-father (with Paul Bocuse) of nouvelle cuisine still creates glorious meals in tucked-away Eugénie-les-Bains.
  4. Gasp at gorgeous Gavarnie Victor Hugo called the 1,400-foot-high waterfall here "the greatest architect's greatest work."
  5. Take in the view from pretty Pau With views of the Pyrénées, Pau is the historic capital of Béarn—and regal monuments recall its royal past as the birthplace of King Henri IV.

When To Go

When to Go

The Basque Country is known for its wet climate, but when the skies clear the hillsides are so green and the air so clean that the weather gods ...

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