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  • 1 Grand Théâtre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Comédie F - 33025 Bordeaux

    Built from 1773 to 1780 by architect Victor Louis in pure neo-Classical style, this is one of the most beautiful theatres in France. The refined interior staircase inspired Garnier for his Opéra de Paris. The auditorium is made up of pillars, ramps, ..

  • 2 Musée d'Aquitaine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 cours Pasteur F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Housed in the faculty of literature and science's old building, this museum traces mankind's history in Aquitaine from prehistory to the present day through extensive collections displayed over two floors. The section devoted toBordeaux's Golden Agei..

  • 3 Cordouan Lighthouse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 33123 Le Verdon-sur-Mer

    Its Renaissance storeys separated by a balustrade from a Classical upper section give the lighthouse (67.5m) an impression of durability. A postern leads to a circular bastion protecting the building from the pounding ocean (it was here that the keep..

  • 4 Museum of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pl. du Dr-Esquirol F - 47000 Agen

    An attractive backdrop for this museum, located in four 16C-17C residences (Estrades, Vaurs, Vergès and Monluc): medieval art (a 16C Brussels tapestry entitled The Month of March); archaeological items include the jewel of the collection, a 1C BC Gre..

  • 5 Bonaguil Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D 158 F - 47500 Cuzorn

    This astounding fortress, which rises on the borders of the Perigord Noir and of Quercy, is one of the most perfect examples of late 15C and 16C military architecture. Its particular feature is that under the appearance of a traditional castles, it p..

  • 6 Musée Bonnat Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    5 r. Jacques-Laffitte F - 64100 Bayonne

    The building was designed in 1897 to house the collection and artwork of Bayonne artist Léon Bonnat (1833-1922), who made his fortune painting portraits of the upper classes of his day. The collections (13C-19C) are arranged thematically, blending th..

  • 7 Pau Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château F - 64000 Pau

    Towering above the mountain stream, this castle built by Gaston Fébus in the 14C was transformed into a Renaissance palace by Marguerite d'Angoulême and took on its current appearance during the 19C, in the time of Louis-Philippe and Napoléon III. Th..

  • 8 Church of St. John the Baptist Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Gambetta F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz

    Inside this plain and rather severe church, the raised choir is closed off by a beautiful wrought-iron screen, and a glistening gold reredos dating from the 17C. To the right of the main entrance, note the blocked doorway, the custom after a royal ma..

  • 9 Musée de la Mer Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    espl. du Rocher-de-la-Vierge F - 64200 Biarritz

    The aim of this museum, opened in 1935, was to meet not only criteria of functionality but also the esthetic refinementprized by the town's wealthyclientele. Hence the subtle and fresh interior decoration of mosaics, frescoes, fountainetc.Its purpose..

  • 10 Basque Country Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64100 Bayonne

    The French Basque country, flanking the Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay, stretches between the Adour and Bidassoa rivers, combining ocean, mountain and forest in equal parts. It is composed of three provinces, Labourd (from Biarritz to Hendaye and Rhu..

  • 11 Gorges de Kakouetta Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D113 F - 64560 Ste-Engrâce

    These gorges, sunk vertically in the limestone, are beautiful as well as impressive, with the beginning of the Grand Étroit the most grandiose of all; this splendid canyon is more than 200m deep but only 3-10m wide. The torrent roars through the long..

  • 12 Isturitz and Oxocelhaya Caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64640 Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue

    The superimposed Isturitz Cave and Oxocelhaya Cave below it are abandoned underground beds of the Arberoue River. The Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons left their treasures in these cathedrals of limestone, full of monumental columns and majestic hangings..

  • 13 Villa Arnaga Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. du Dr Alexandre-Camino F - 64250 Cambo-les-Bains

    Arriving in Cambo for a cure in 1900, Edmond Rostand (1868-1918) was immediately won over by the town and decided to move here permanently. He moved into the spacious Labourdes Basque-style Villa Arnaga perched up on a promontory, which the writer tu..

  • 14 Somport Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64490 Urdos

    This pass, at an altitude of 1,632m, is the only one in the central Pyrenees open year round. It has been steeped in history since Roman times, and up until the 12C was a major stopping place on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Nowadays, ..

  • 15 Place de la Bourse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Bourse F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This pretty horseshoe-shaped square was built from 1730 to 1755,based onthe layouts of architects Gabriel father and son.It is hemmed in by two typical buildings withcolumnson the upper levels bearing triangular pediments: to the north the Palais de ..

  • 16 Cognac Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    48 bd Denfert-Rochereau F - 16100 Cognac

    Partly occupying the Perrin de Boussac residence (1567) on one side and abutting the 17C ramparts on the other, this resolutely contemporary facility houses a remarkable museum dedicated to cognac and its history. 1 200m 2 of exhibits provide a fasci..

  • 17 Baths of Chassenon Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 16150 Chassenon

    Covering 12 000m, the baths of Chassenon are the most important surviving examples from Roman Gaul. Beyond the cold and tepid rooms, the hot pools, still showing their original tiles in places are particularly impressive, as is the ingenious hypocaus..

  • 18 Église St Jean - Underground church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Saint-Jean F - 16390 Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Hewn from a single block of rock, this is France's highest monolithic church. Those excavating it in the limestone in the 12C were able to incorporate earlier caves used by the first Christian worshippers. The present church was undoubtedly built to ..

  • 19 La Grande Côte Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 17200 Royan

    Leave the car at the point where the D25 from Royan ceases to follow the coastline and head into the woods to access a stony platform. The Gironde, Grave Point, Cordouan Lighthouse, Coubre Point and its lighthouse make for an impressive panorama. To ..

  • 20 Church of Saint Pierre d'Aulnay Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Avenue de l'Eglise F - 17470 Aulnay

    The Church of St Pierre cuts a solitary figure, rising among the cypresses of its old graveyard. A Unesco World Heritage site, this masterpiece of Poitou Romanesque built of warm-hued stone stands near the village of Aulnay-de-Saintonge. Noteworthy f..

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