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THE SOUTHWEST OF FRANCE TRAVEL GUIDE





Somehow, life seems just a bit more intense in the Southwest of France than in other parts of the country: the food is richer, the wine heartier, the history more tumultuous—even the grass is greener. From the north, the verdant valleys and rolling hills of Périgord give way to the peaceful agricultural lands of Gascony and Quercy, then to the peaks of the Pyrenees, populated by grazing sheep and isolated Basque hamlets. In the northwest is the city of Bordeaux, surrounded by the region's renowned château vineyards. Farther south are the beaches, sand dunes and pine forests of the Landes, and in the southwest corner of the country near the border with Spain lies the glitzy port town of Biarritz, a magnet for the international jet set. Read more...

DORDOGNE

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L'Esplanade


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72 Hours in Dordogne
Dordogne is a perfect tourist spot—without the tourists. Days can go before you see a single tour bus in this quiet city, located far from any major highways. But that doesn't mean it's boring. With its quiet farms, medieval villages and Neanderthal caves, Dordogne has lots to offer any tourist who wanders off the beaten path.

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On banner: left image courtesy of Bordeaux Tourist Office/A. Kamurdjian

 

(Updated: 01/07/13 CT)

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