Gascony is one of France’s best-kept secrets. (In fact you will not find it as an area on maps). This rural area stretches from Toulouse in the east, south of the Garonne River to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The latitude allows for a sunny warm climate without the bustle and crowds of the Mediterranean coast.
The proximity of Gascony to Spain means it is influenced by touches of both French and Spanish cultures. The countryside is dotted with bastides and picturesque dovecotes. The villages in Gascony tend to be small and far apart.
Location: Luc Armau, France
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: N 43° 25’ 15.36”, W 0° 3’ 57.84”
Decimal Degrees: 43.420933, -0.066067
Flights are available from London City Airport to Pau Airport, which less than half an hour away from L’Ancien Presbytère.
During the summer months, you can fly directly to Pau from Southampton International Airport
From Stanstead, you can fly all year round to Tarbes, with Ryan Air. Tarbes is approximately 30 mins from L’Ancien Presbytère by car.
Brittany Ferries run regular, year-round crossings to both Saint Malo and Santander in Spain.
The drive from Saint Malo is approximately 450m (730km) and gives you an ideal opportunity to take in the beautiful French countryside.
Travelling from Santander, the journey is approximately 245m (393km).
Gascony enjoys a temperate climate, with summer temperatures typically reaching the mid 20’s