An impressive Gothic cathedral is just one of the draws of this UNESCO World Heritage city.
A visit to the French Basque country.
If you have the time, it's well worth hiring a car for a drive down through the vineyards to the French Basque country to the city of Bayonne, 192 kilometres (119 miles) from Bordeaux. Founded in the 10th century at the junction of the Nive and Adur rivers before they empty into the Cantabrian Sea, this UNESCO World Heritage City is full of history and impressive architecture such as the Gothic Cathedral of Sainte-Marie, thanks in part to being an important stop of the medieval Way of St. James, the religious pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The local tourism office can provide complete local information, as well as arrange a visit to the local caves - subterranean grottoes dating back to the 14th century which once served as warehouses.
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