1 Surfing the Côte Basque

Catch a wave at Biarritz Europe’s top destination for both boogie-boarders and classic surfers.

2 Cauterets

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.

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