Time to gen up!
In our travels we have come across many good travel guides, particularly the ones below. All have a useful language section including glossary of everyday phrases and useful vocabulary. Any good bookseller online will have these guides in stock.
Eyewitness Travel Guides: Dordogne, Bordeaux & The South-west Coast
Insight Guides: Southwest France
Cadogan Guides: Bilbao & The Basque Lands; Gascony & The Pyrenees
The Green Guide: Atlantic Coast
Michelin map number 524 covers the region of Aquitaine.
For a bit of easy holiday reading try Martin Calder's A Summer in Gasconyor Celia Brayfield's A Writer's Year in the Béarn.
If you want to purchase some maps or guides before you travel, there is anonline mapstore we like called Stanfords.