The South West of France has strong connections with its Spanish neighbours on the other side of the Pyrenees.
These links were strengthened during the Spanish Civil War when many refugees sought sanctuary in the region and were welcomed. The traditions of bull-fighting, music and dance were keenly integrated in different areas. The Basque country traditions naturally span the border on the Atlantic side, but also Catalan and other influences have spread to the east.
Mont-de-Marsan (40 Landes, Aquitaine) holds its Arte Flamenco Festival from 2-7 July 2012