Southwest France

Southwest France Travel Guide

With spiritual tourism on the rise, the sacred grotto of Lourdes is experiencing a revival. The sacred spring was discovered by 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 during one of her 18 visions of the Virgin Mary in a riverside grotto, is its most famous effluence.

Take a bike ride to the spa for a seawater treatment.

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.

Île de Ré is the only place in France where everything works, nothing tacky offends the eye, no one serving you is in a bad mood, and you can have a good meal without doing months of research. As a vacation spot it's completely undisappointing and entirely fulfilling.

France’s premier designer and distributor of Basque linens.

Bookstore has literature and architecture books that really help one understand the region.

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