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Dax is Famed for its natural hot water springs of 62.4 degrees centigrade

and healing mud from the River Adour.

The Roman baths are a focal point for Dax and There are several

hot water outlets around the town,

 where you can take a mud bath,

 or just bathe in the waters.

 In August Dax holds its annual fete,

two weeks of celebrations ending in a magnificent firework display.

Biarritz is a lovely town with lots of shops for the girls ,

 a beautiful rocky coastline with sandy beaches and is todays Europe's surf capital

 and is only a 30 minutes drive. Biarritz also has an international airport.

Bayonne Famous for its "fête" - 5 days of non-stop festivities

is also known for its bull fighting in August, and it's famous ham.

 (Danish bacon is still the best!) 30 minutes drive

St Jean de Luz, the old "Pirates town"

 with a beautiful harbour

and in the place Louis XIV are the ever popular artists,

 who display their paintings along the street.

 You can even get your portrait painted "while you wait".

 In the harbour you can take a boat to see the sights.

It has a wonderful sandy beach in a natural bay. 40 minutes drive.

Salies de bearn also a beautiful spar town renowned for it's natural salt water

is only a 20 minute drive with it's golf course and local fetes

Pau is a 45 mins. drive away with it's international airport and is a wonderful town to go for a day ,

 it is full of shops , restaurants and bars .

 It also has a little English shop where you could get your English bangers from.

The Pyreenees are about 50 mins drive to the ski slopes for winter or hiking in the summer ,

 there are lots of sites to see up there , definitely worth a trip

The Dune du pyla is a 2 hrs drive and is the largest sand dune in Europe .

 There are steps to get to the top but it is still a hard walk . Also a definite place to go .

Carcassonne is a 2.30 hrs drive a medieval town with very nice restaurants

 and lots of sites to see including the dungeons

South west France offers everything …

It has the longest stretch of coastline in Europe -the Côte d’Argent – 250km of sand recently voted France's Best Mainland Beach. For culture and history there are medieval villages and hill-top towns, châteaux, museums, markets and regular festivals.

It is home to some of the world’s most famous wines such as Médoc, St Emilion, Pomerol and Sauternes,and offers an amazing variety of activities such as golf, surfing, cycling, sailing, hiking, bird-watching and horse riding, relaxing in the thermal spas, to name but a few.

It's next door to Spain for day-trips - to San Sebastian, Pamplona or Bilbao's Guggenheim, and it is home to the Pyrénées for wonderful walking country and some of Europe’s most exotic wildlife, including vultures and brown bears.

Home to Western Europe's largest forest and over 30 freshwater lakes for peace, tranquility and enjoying nature, and to the French Basque Country an ancient land with its own language, culture, sports, festivals, architecture and cuisine.

And even its regional cuisine is noted even in France for its variety from foie gras to oysters and the Spanish-influenced pintxos ( tapas ).

Skiing in the Pyrenees is a secret well-kept by the French – here you can explore kilometres of well-groomed piste set in beautiful unspoiled scenery, for a fraction of what you would pay in the Alps, and without the crowds.

Voted the best golf course in France by the Association of British Tour Operators to France and 15th European golf course by the magazine Golf World, the Golf de Seignosse is a true work of art recognized by the best players. The course winds through the forest, surrounded by majestic pine and oak trees, a pleasure to play for all golfers.

 

 

 

 

 

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