"Insight Guide: Southwest France" is a comprehensive travel guide to this beautiful corner of France, with evocative photography bringing to life its people and landscape. Our inspirational Best of Southwest France section highlights the region's unmissable sights and experiences, while essays by local writers immerse you in the history, culture and way of life of this largely rural region, taking in its lush countryside, dramatic gorges, medieval villages, prehistoric cave art, and food and wine, with a range of special features homing in on topics such as truffles, the Basques and bullrunning. Fourteen Places chapters then take you on an inspirational trip from Bordeaux and the Southwest Coast, through the Basque Country and the Pyrenees, and on to French Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean. Plentiful full-colour maps show you the way around, with major sights and areas of interest plotted and cross-referenced to the text. Finally, the Travel Tips cover all your practical needs, with a wealth of information to help you plan your trip and our selection of the best hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Nick Inman was born Yorkshire and graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Politics. For the last 20 years he has been a freelance travel writer and photographer specialising in France and Spain. He now lives in an old farmhouse near the Pyrenees in southwest France with his wife, Spanish writer Clara Villanueva, and their two children. A self-confessed Francophile, he is particularly passionate about the country's vernacular and medieval architecture as well as its wildlife. He has contributed to over 60 travel guides including numerous titles for Insight and Berlitz, while his non-travel books include Politipedia and The Optimist's Handbook.