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Where should we go after the Dordogne and Lot valleys?

Old Sep 18th, 2022, 01:49 PM
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Where should we go after the Dordogne and Lot valleys?

I知 planning a trip for my family to the Dordogne in July. There will be nine of us, my two married children and their four girls aged 16-6. I have rented a house for a week.. We did a similar trip before the pandemic and spent a week in Tuscany and five additional days on the Amalfi coast. I am totally shocked by the increase in airfare and feel like we need to spend more than a week to justify it.

i知 trying to decide on a second location. I致e heard positive things about the Biaritz St./Jean de Luz area. My son would like to surf there; but, is there plenty for the rest of us to do? I prefer charming places as opposed to big and glitzy.

Another option would be to go to Provence. I have spent a few days there but none of the others have. Suggestions please.
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Old Sep 18th, 2022, 02:55 PM
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Basque Country might work for you
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Old Sep 18th, 2022, 03:13 PM
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St-Jean de Luz is in French Basque region, a very nice nice beachfront small city. Drive up into the nearby foothills of the Pyrenees to explore the charming Basque villages of Sar, Ainhoa, Ascain, Epelette, and more. Cross the border and you池e in the Spanish Basque region with San Sebasti疣, Hondarribia,Getaria, Bilbao. This is a fabulous area of Europe to explore! These areas are not glitzy! The Basque culture predates modern Europe, so interesting.
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Old Sep 18th, 2022, 03:15 PM
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What HappyTrvlr said!
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Old Sep 18th, 2022, 03:39 PM
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Ask Maribel to help you plan this part of your trip!
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Basque country is an option and you could stay in a town like Sare which is within an hour of the ocean.


one outing could be a ride up to the La Rhune summit, with those fit walking back down.


Or forgo the coast and go to the high Pyrenees with lots of hiking options:


A day trip to the Pic du Midi d'Ossau could also be considered:

https://artouste.fr/ete/le-train-dartouste/
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Old Sep 18th, 2022, 09:17 PM
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Bayonne rather than Biarritz. In any case, the trambus links the cities of Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz.
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There were a lot of fires around the south West of France. South of Bordeaux, in land from Dunes du Pilat.
Saumos is the last one, during mid September 2022.
If you are going that way expect to see some burnt areas.It must have been terrifying there this summer.
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Old Sep 19th, 2022, 06:37 AM
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Thanks so much for your thoughtful replies. Looks like a really interesting area. I値l start my research
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Maps of the fires in southwest France appear to indicate that the worst does not reach the Pyrenees foothills.
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If you are looking to avoid glitz then Cap Ferret is stunningly beautiful and one of the shabby chicest coastal areas in Europe. The area is covered in pine trees, fishing operators bring in their catch to restaurants on the beach owned by the same family - some of the best seafood in the world. It’s very upmarket but absolutely not Saint Tropez.

Bordeaux is 45 minutes away and Lacanau is a short drive away - which has one of the best surf centres in Europe - it’s demanding but very well patrolled. I tried in August during a period of 6 weeks of high pressure and the current was too strong for me. Goodness knows what the conditions are like during a storm. Be generally careful of surfing on the Atlantic coast - the riptides are huge and the swell considerable , it is a good idea to surf in a recognised town with life guard around.




we are staying here in 3 weeks

https://www.lamaisondubassincapferret.com

their website gives you a feel for the place.

the whole area is reminiscent of the Out Islands of The Bahamas - just much better food and fewer Tiger sharks

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Originally Posted by VANAARLE View Post
There were a lot of fires around the south West of France. South of Bordeaux, in land from Dunes du Pilat.
Saumos is the last one, during mid September 2022.
If you are going that way expect to see some burnt areas.It must have been terrifying there this summer.
we are still the midst of a heatwave - summer is apparently going to end next week - good riddance- there are still smaller fires all over the Gironde but nowhere near as large as those previous in Landes. It痴 been a very bizarre year for weather in the Gironde.
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we are still the midst of a heatwave - summer is apparently going to end next week - good riddance- there are still smaller fires all over the Gironde but nowhere near as large as those previous in Landes. It’s been a very bizarre year for weather in the Gironde.
It is not the prettiest of areas in land. I also remember when the area was hit with a storm. Trees down every where.
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It is not the prettiest of areas in land. I also remember when the area was hit with a storm. Trees down every where.
I agree, Landes is just a huge area of industry- ie pine cultivation - very sparsely populated and not very attractive as opposed to the coast around Arcachon Bay which is picture postcard pretty.
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I've always liked Hossegor, the surf capital. I believe it is the French town with the highest percentage of Australians in the population, which gives a unique vibe to the place. Rip Curl Europe has its headquarters there.
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Thanks Kerouac

we haven稚 been and are due a trip down south to Spain - will drop in on the way.

even at my age I love the vibe of surf towns
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Provence is wonderful, especially Luberon area (Gordes, Lourmarin...)
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After a week in each Paris and the Dordogne, we drove to Provence and based ourselves In Goult in the Luberon. Perfect.
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As Kerouac says, Hossegor in the pine scented, flat Landes is indeed a great surfing town as well as Capbreton and both are within striking (driving) distance of the surfing beaches of Biarritz. The Baya Hotel in Capbreton sits right at the beach and rents bicycles. For surfers both have a great vibe.

And both have many "chill out" beach bars that draw in the surfing crowd (Monsieur Mouette, Nina de la Place, Belharra Caf, Les Planches ノph駑鑽es at Capbreton's Notre Dame beach, Tante Jeane & Lou Cabanna in Hossegor). And lots of boutiques, of course, selling beach wear and "beachy" d馗or.

A couple of summers ago, on our way down from the Arcachon Bay (which we loved for a week's stay in La Rochelle with day trips to Cap Ferret) we stayed at the cute & inexpensive (for the area) B&B, Aux Sources d'Hossegor, in Soorts-Hossegor-Hossegor, owned by a surfer.
https://www.auxsourcesdhossegor.fr

The rentals in the Capbreton-Hossegor we've found to be less pricey than in the other surfing capital of Biarritz, which run quite high in the summer. Just another thought.
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