Barely touched by modern development, Gascony and the Pyrenees are the quintessence of provincial France. Passionate and more than a little flamboyant, this region has, like its famous fictional son d'Artagnan, a delightfully idiosyncratic appeal. Home to the Gascons, Basques and Catalans, it is a land where difference is embraced. From the breathtaking beauty of the Pyrenees to the affluent gentility of Biarritz, from the isolated principality of Andorra to the cosmopolitan chic of Toulouse, this fully updated and expanded Cadogan guide takes the reader on a marvelous journey. Along the way are magnificent cathedrals and moutaintop villages, delicious food and wine to be savored and some of the best surfing to be found anywhere in Europe.
Inside you will find: practical travel advice; revised and updated information; a brand new chapter on Toulouse; wine routes, vintages and chateau visits; 30 maps and plans; color touring-map section; informative, discerning listings with over 250 restaurants, bars and cafes.