Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast. (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
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"DK Eyewitness Dordogne, Bordeaux & The Southwest Coast" will lead you straight to the best attractions this romantic region of France has on offer. The guide explores every facet of what makes the region irresistible. You can explore all the chateaux, churches, cafes, vineyards, villages, gorges, beaches, caves and much more. The tips and advice for getting around make exploring the country effortless. The guide comes packed with photographs, illustrations and maps plus reviews and listings for hotels, restaurants and bars for all budgets. Visiting Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast becomes a lot easier with the cutaways and floorplans of all major sights, plus walks, scenic routes and thematic tours with sights, markets and festivals listed town by town. "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast" shows you what others only tell you.
BC. area with an almost At the Cro-Magnon site in unique cluster of major Les Eyzies, artefacts from prehistoric sites. 35,000–10,000 BC have Around 400,000 BC, the revealed the amazingly first hunters arrived in the high level of skill attained Vézère valley, in the Dordogne, by early man. A similar where they lived in rock-shelters sense of wonder comes from in the limestone cliffs and where Venus of Laussel looking at the cave paintings, they made flint tools. Today, depicting mammoths, horses
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increasingly rare, live in the high valleys of the Aspe and the Ossau. The bearded vulture inhabits the Haute Soule and the high Aspe valley. The griffon vulture Maritime pines have male cones, which are evident in early summer. nests in the Massif de la Pierre-St-Martin, in the Nive valley (see pp198–9), in the Aldudes valley (see pp202–203) and in the Forêt des Arbailles (see p208). 20 I N T R O D U C I N G A Q U I T A I N E Religious Architecture Four ancient pilgrimage routes to
pilgrims on the route to Compostela, was built from schist and yellow sandstone. Romanesque and Byzantine styles mix at this World Heritage Site. Restored Romanesque façade Columned portal The church at Moirax, in Lot-et-Garonne, formed part of a Cluniac priory. It is a fine example of Romanesque architecture of the 11th and 12th centuries. The central, projecting part of the façade is surmounted by an open belfry, which is in turn crowned by a pointed roof. A P O R T R A I T O F A Q U I T
village. Visitors can walk through a group of typical late 19th-century Landes houses. 0 km 0 miles For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp250–52 and pp266–7 5 5 PA R C N A T U R E L D E S L A N D E S 171 VISITORS’ CHECKLIST 40km (25 miles) south of Bordeaux via the N10. Road map B3/C3. £ Sabres. n Maison du Parc, 33 route de Bayonne, 33830 Belin-Beliet 05 57 71 99 99. Fax 05 56 88 12 72. # Mon–Fri: 8:30am–12:30pm, 1:30–5:30pm. ¢ public hols. www.parclandes-de-gascogne.fr