Southwest France

Southwest France Travel Guide

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

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.