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The chief area of interest in the Basque country, a land rich in folklore, is a corner of southwest France, near the Spanish border, where you can visit the Basque capital, Bayonne, and explore the resorts, Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz. In Bayonne's Roman arena, you can see a bullfight.

The vast Pyrénéan region is a land of glaciers, summits, thermal baths, subterranean grottoes and caverns, winter-sports centers, and trout-filled mountain streams. Pau is a good base for excursions to the western Pyrénées. Lourdes is the major religious pilgrimage center in France.