I've fallen in love with the Pyrenees mountains since starting to walk the GR10 long-distance path from the Atlantic to the Med four years ago.
From the rolling Basque hills in the west up into the Haute Pyrenees, there are some absolutely stunning views along this trail.
You can do the lot in one go (500 miles) if you have the time, or do as I'm doing and do a little bit each year: I'm hoping to dip my toe in the Mediterranean in 2010...
Alternatively, pick one of the many towns near the route as a base and discover some of the circular walks.
You'll get to see some views that you'd never see from a car.
The Pyrenees are full of natural beauty, and Landes as well but the area around Bayonne has been built up a bit as tourist centres, although in a much less unpleasant way than in the Cote d'Azur.
In les Landes you will find quiet areas of exceptional beauty and the dunes du Pilat are also worth a visit. If you go swimming ALWAYS stick to the areas with lifesavers on standby, because currents can be very strong indeed.
In les Landes you can stop by farms and village markets with the most wonderful food produce in France. As well as fresh and safe seafood, unlike mediteranean seafood that is always to be avoided.
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