The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Bayonne – a French city on the border between the Basque country and Gascony

Bayonne (fr. Bayonne) is a city in the Atlantic Pyrenees (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), in the south-west of France. The city location is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees massive foothills, at the confluence the Niv (la Nive) and Adur (l’Adour) rivers. The city has over 50,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in the Pau department.

The …

Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

Montolieu – a French Village of books, and a favourite place for book collectors, writers, and artists

“The art of reading is the art of thinking with a little help”, – Émile Faguet
(“L’art de lire, c’est l’art de penser avec un peu d’aide”, – Émile Faguet)

Montolieu is a commune in Occitania (France), located 20 minutes northwest of Carcassonne and 45 minutes from Toulouse. The name comes from two words – …

Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Mauvaisin castle: a place in the Pyrenees for weddings, seminars, and artists workshops

Mauvaisin Castle is a small, fully restored 18th-century castle with a capacity of 15 people. The castle can be a venue for weddings, private parties, small seminars, or used as art studios.The castle is located in a park surrounded by century-old trees.

The castle is a 35-minute drive from Toulouse, in the small village of Lauragais, …

The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Biarritz – King of beaches and beaches for kings

Biarritz (fr. Biarritz) – a luxury resort town belonging to the Atlantic Pyrenees Department (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), the New Aquitaine Region in southwestern France. Its current Basque name is Biarritz (or Miarritze), and its current Gascon name is Biàrrits.

The name Biarritz probably comes from the berarr Basque root, replacing belharr, “grass” with the suffix -itz addition and …