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Things to do in Southwest France

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Southwest France. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Southwest France attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Southwest France to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Southwest France.

  • Bookstore

    Bookstore has literature and architecture books that really help one understand the region. More
  • Château des Milandes

  • Chiberta

  • Grotto of Massabielle

    With spiritual tourism on the rise, the sacred grotto of Lourdes is experiencing a revival. The sacred spring was discovered by 14-year-old Bernade... More
  • Jean-Vier

    France’s premier designer and distributor of Basque linens. More
  • Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac

  • Pâtisserie Miremont

    This restaurant is exactly as it was in 1872; the waitresses are very unpleasant - which is just as it should be. More
  • Relais Thalasso

    Take a bike ride to the spa for a seawater treatment. More
  • St. Michael's Gate

    The large, iron St. Michael’s Gate, at the end of the boulevard, topped by statues of three archangels, marks a clean break from the pilgrim trap. More

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