Comprenhensive companion to this spectacular long-distance trail, suitable for any moderately experienced trekker. Includes colour mapping and gradient profiles, daily stages and timings, details of facilities en route: in short, everything you need.
Delia Gray-Durant's substantial cultural companion offers unrivalled coverage of sights, museums, buildings and landscapes. Her writing is first-rate, as are the accompanying photographs, illustrations and maps. Tourers with an interest in local art and architecture should not travel without this book.
A glossy, bulky volume that covers a good deal of ground, from the Gironde to Arles and from Biarritz to the Cevennes and beyond. With abundant colour photographs and well-composed chapters on local life, it will give a strong flavour of the region, although it is perhaps lacking somewhat in practical terms.
Delightfully dense cultural guide, underpinned by the author's encyclopaedic grasp of local history. Should you wish to be accompanied on your tour by medieval poets and the ghosts of Romanesque churches, this is the volume for you.
Plenty to read in this knowledgeable guide that blends rudimentary practical information with in-depth historical and cultural context. Maps are fairly scarce but of a high-standard; there are no photographs after the glossy opening pages. There are one- and two-week proposed itineraries and chapters on Landes, The Gers, The Pays Basque, Bearn, The High Pyrenees, Toulouse, and Ariege, Andorra & The Eastern Pyrenees.
Opens with good introductory chapters and proposed driving tours. Thereafter arranged alphabetically by region, with colourful maps supporting sightseeing tips and suggestions on where to eat and stay.
Fantastic on local landscapes and architecture, this glossy and colourful cultural guide aims to support your sightseeing in contextual rather than practical ways. That said, the back pages do feature hotels and restaurants as selcted by Gault Millau.
Presented in exuberant colour and full of the region's rich history, this slender guide lingers only briefly on the practicalities of travel, indulging instead in the lush sights and experiences on offer.
Less useful than it is charming and insightful, this exploration of regional history and lifestyle can be enjoyed regardless of a forthcoming trip. Author and local ex-pat resident Joy Law adds a personal touch in providing excellent information on the major sights, as well as interesting entries on food and drink.
Local authors Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls fuse comprehensive practical details with good material on local history, ensuring a foolproof all-round guide. Maps are reasonable but there are no illustrations or photographs to speak of.
Offers comprehensive coverage for a comfortable tour, with hotels and restaurants rated with the star system. Maps are good and, as with all green guides, places are arranged alphabetically rather than by region. Eleven driving tours are suggested.
A small, practical walking guide to the region with 32 circular walks geared to all standards. Includes a brief introduction to the history, geography, flora and fauna of the area as well as some practical recommendations.
An exhaustive practical guide for independent travel with plenty of sightseeing information and well-written background reading too. Glossy sections on local wine and the Cathars add a splash of colour.
An illuminating and informed guide with good maps. Contextual reading takes precedence over practical information, though there is still a good deal of the latter. The quality and enthusiasm of the writing more than makes up for the lack of photographs.
A first-rate guide to this popular route which 'can be walked in about 2 weeks by anyone well-equipped and moderately fit'. Pithy descriptions, suggested accommodation, brief Cathar history, and plenty of colour maps and photographs.