The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrenees

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  • 1. Brèche de Roland

    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...Read More

  • 2. Cirque de Gavarnie

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

  • 3. Musée National du Château de Pau

    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 of...Read More

  • 4. Musée Pyrénéen

    The château on the hill above town is reached from the ticket office via escalator or 131 steps. Once a prison, the castle now contains...Read More

  • 5. Petit Train de la Rhune

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

  • 6. Basilique Souterraine St-Pie X

    Lourdes celebrated the centenary of Bernadette Soubirous's visions by building the world's largest underground church, the Basilique Souterraine St-Pie X, with space for 20,000 people—more...Read More

  • 7. Cachot

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

  • 8. Casino

    The streets around Pau's imposing château are sprinkled with cozy pubs and dining spots, although the casino in the Palais Beaumont, at the other end...Read More

  • 9. Casino de Biarritz

    At the glitzy Casino de Biarritz you can play the slots and blackjack or just chill while channeling your inner James Bond. It's open daily...Read More

  • 10. Cathédrale

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

  • 11. Église Orthodoxe Russe

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

  • 12. Église Saint-Martin de Sare

    One of the Labourd province's prettiest churches was built in the 16th century and enlarged in the 17th with a triple-decker set of galleries. Parish...Read More

  • 13. Église St-Jean-Baptiste

    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...Read More

  • 14. Grotte de Massabielle

    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

  • 15. Grottes de Sare

    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...Read More

  • 16. La Chapelle Impériale

    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...Read More

  • 17. La Grande Plage

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

  • 18. Les Bains du Rocher

    The naturally heated sulfur water here was particularly popular among 19th-century aristocrats who arrived in Cauterets to "take the cure." Today, it’s still used to...Read More

  • 19. Maison Louis-XIV

    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 decorated...Read More

  • 20. Moulin de Boly

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

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