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The South West of France is full of sights for the curious visitor. There is, of course, the magnificent scenery. Once you get into the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees you will constantly be surprised by the hidden valleys that can suddenly show themselves as you go round another corner on that tiny road. Then there are the remnants of past civilisations, the Romans and before them early man. There are the reminders of the violent and bloody Dark Ages, and the glorious richness of the Church in bygone days when a pilgrimage to Santiago del Compostella was de riguer for the fervent Christian - or for a well-connected sinner.


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Beauty spots and View Points (10)
Pic de Midi d'Ossau
The unspoilt grandeur of the Pyrénées affords many remarkable views.
Bull Fighting and Course Landaise (15)
Flying through the air with the greatest of ease at a Course Landaise
The tradition of man against beast is upheld in these two sports
Cathedrals and Abbeys (12)
Caves (4)
Chateaux (10)
Castles and stately homes in the south west of France
Churches (20)
Basque church on road to Mauleon
A wide variety of architecture can be found in the churches of South West France
Festivals and Fetes (21)
Historic remains (21)
The South West of France has had a rich and varied history which has left its mark on the landscape.
Lakes (20)
Natural and artificial lakes abound in the South West of France
Medieval fortifications (14)
The south west of France is full of medieval castles - or rather the remains of them
Monuments and buildings (4)
Some of the monuments and famous buildings in the South West of France.
Motor Racing (2)
Museums (29)
Many of the larger towns have their museums, often dedicated to local events and culture.
National Park (6)
Natural History (25)
Vultures in the Ossau valley
The South West of France is rich in fauna and flora
Other curiosities and things to see (1)
Other curiosities and sights in South West France
Pelote Basque (6)
Pilgrimage of St Jacques-de-Compostelle (15)
Coquille symbol of pilgrims
The pilgrim routes to Santiago del Compostella (French: St Jaques de Compostelle), in NW Spain, have for centuries played an important role in the cultural and commercial development of Europe and, in particular, SW France.
Race courses (5)
Race courses in SW France and national stud.
Rugby (4)
Rugby is a popular sport in the area
Shopping and Markets (19)
Shopping and markets in the towns and villages of SW France
Small villages (8)
Small villages not listed separately as a town.
Surfing Championships (2)
Valleys and Passes (17)
Ossau valley
The valleys and passes in the Pyrénées are among the most beautiful and accessible in Europe.

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