As for the more conventional of the tourist attractions, the Côte Basque is lovely but very popular, suffering from seaside sprawl and a surfeit of campsites. St-Jean-de-Luz is arguably the prettiest of the resorts, while once-elitist Biarritz is now enjoying a renaissance. Bayonne, which lies 6km inland, is an attractive, if heavily touristed town, with an excellent museum of Basque culture. The foothill towns are on the whole rather dull, although Pau merits at least a day or two, while Lourdes is such a monster of kitsch that it just has to be seen. The coast of Catalan-speaking Roussillon in the east has beaches every bit as popular as those of the Côte Basque, nestled into the compact coves of its rocky coast, while its interior consists of craggy terrain split by spectacular canyons, sprouting a crop of fine Romanesque abbeys of which St-Martin-de-Canigou and Serrabonne are the most dramatic and a landscape bathed in Mediterranean heat and light.
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