The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrenees

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  • 1. Brèche de Roland

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    One dramatic sight is 12 km (7 miles) west of the village of Gavarnie. Take D923 up to the Col des Tentes, where you can park and walk five...Read More

  • 2. Cirque de Gavarnie

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    A spectacular natural amphitheater, the Cirque de Gavarnie has been dubbed the "Colosseum of Nature" and inspired many writers, including Victor...Read More

  • 3. Musée National du Château de Pau

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Pau's regal past is commemorated at its Musée National du Château de Pau, begun in the 14th century by Gaston Phoebus, the flamboyant count...Read More

  • 4. Musée Pyrénéen

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The château on the hill above town can be reached by escalator, by 131 steps, or by the ramp up from Rue du Bourg (from which a small Basque...Read More

  • 5. Petit Train de la Rhune

    Tour–Sight

    Not much on the Petit Train has changed since its inaugural voyage to the peak of La Rhune on June 30, 1924. Today, passengers still ride in...Read More

  • 6. Basilique Souterraine St-Pie X

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lourdes celebrated the centenary of Bernadette Soubirous's visions by building the world's largest underground church, the Basilique Souterraine...Read More

  • 7. Cachot

    Historic District/Site

    The cachot, a tiny room where, in extreme poverty, Bernadette and her family took refuge in 1856, can be visited. ...Read More

  • 8. Cathédrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built mainly in the 13th century, the Cathédrale (called both Ste-Marie and Notre-Dame) is one of France's southernmost examples of Gothic...Read More

  • 9. Église Orthodoxe Russe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Eugénie and her Carlist compatriots weren’t the only exiled royals to arrive in Biarritz. White Russians found refuge, too, turning the city...Read More

  • 10. Église Saint-Martin de Sare

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the Labourd province's prettiest churches, Église Saint-Martin de Sare was built in the 16th century and enlarged in the 17th with a...Read More

  • 11. Église St-Jean-Baptiste

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The marriage of the Sun King and the Infanta took place in 1660 in the church of St-Jean-Baptiste. The marriage tied the knot, so to speak,...Read More

  • 12. Grotte de Massabielle

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lourdes wouldn't even be on the map if it weren't for this deep grotto near the Gave de Pau where 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous first claimed...Read More

  • 13. Grottes de Sare

    Tour–Sight

    Follow the Sare Valley up to the panoramic Col de Lizarrieta and the Grottes de Sare. Just outside these huge caves, you can learn about the...Read More

  • 14. La Chapelle Impériale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you wish to pay your respects to the Empress Eugénie, visit La Chapelle Impériale, which she had built in 1864 to venerate a figure of a...Read More

  • 15. La Grande Plage

    Beach–Sight

    Biarritz's urban beaches are understandably popular—particularly the fine, sandy strands of La Grande Plage and the neighboring Plage Miramar...Read More

  • 16. Les Bains du Rocher

    Bath/Hot Spring

    The naturally heated sulfur water here was particularly popular among 19th-century aristocrats who arrived in Cauterets to "take the cure."...Read More

  • 17. Maison de l'Infante

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The Louis XIII–style Maison de l'Infante, between the harbor and the bay, is where Maria Teresa of Spain—accompanied by her mother, Queen Anne...Read More

  • 18. Maison Louis-XIV

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Take a tour of the twin-tower Maison Louis-XIV. Built as the Château Lohobiague, it housed the French king during his nuptials and is austerely...Read More

  • 19. Moulin de Boly

    Historic District/Site

    Across the river is the Moulin de Boly, where Bernadette was born on January 7, 1844. ...Read More

  • 20. Musée Basque

    Museum/Gallery

    The handsomely designed and appointed Musée Basque on the right bank of the Nive offers an ethnographic history of the Basque Country and culture. ...Read More

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