1 Surfing the Côte Basque
Catch a wave at Biarritz Europe’s top destination for both boogie-boarders and classic surfers.
Several lake-spangled valleys above this agreeable spa offer superb trekking, whether modest day-loops or more ambitious multi-day traverses.
3 The Cirque de Gavarnie
A vast alpine amphitheatre with wind-blown cascades and traces of glacier.
4 Niaux cave
The upper Ariège valley hosts a cluster of prehistoric caves painted by Cro-Magnon humans over 10,000 years ago; Niaux contains the best preserved and most vivid of these images.
5 Cathar castles
The imposing castles of the upper Aude and Corbières region testify to southwestern Languedoc’s era of independence.
6 Musée d’Art Moderne, Ceret
An astonishing collection of paintings from the prime movers of the early twentieth-century avant-garde.
7 Petit Train Jaune
Rumble up the dramatic Têt valley of Roussillon in an open-car, narrow-gauge train.