Aquitaine

Aquitaine

Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux
© Laurent Reiz / CRTA
Houses on stilts in the Bay of Arcachon
© Jean Jacques BROCHARD / CRTA
Bayonne - Bearn-Basque country
© Laurent Reiz / CRTA
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About Aquitaine

The Aquitaine region, located in the south west of France, is bordered along the whole of its west coast by long sandy beaches. Aquitaine is home to the mythical city of Bordeaux known for its Unesco listed heritage and the gateway to the famous vineyards of Saint Emilion, Médoc and Sauternes. In fact, Aquitaine combines the preserved traditions and language in the Basque country to the richness of prehistoric sites in the Dordogne. With more than 1000 km of cycling path, 40 golf courses or nice surfing spots, Aquitaine has a wide range of outdoor activities on offer.

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City Breaks

Aquitaine is the ideal destination for a city break with easy access from the UK. Bordeaux, the region's capital, is the place to be for its 18th century heritage as well as for wine lovers of course. Périgueux in the Dordogne area, is known for its gastronomy and its famous outdoor markets. Pau, at the foothill of the Pyrenees mountains, has kept alive a strong link with the British influence (the oldest golf course in Continental Europe was created there). Finally, Bayonne home of chocolate makers, has preserved its traditions and heritage from the Basque country.


  • Saint-Front Cathedral in Périgueux
    © Laurent Reiz_CRTA

  • Bayonne Ham
    © Brigitte BLOCH / CRTA

  • Pau
    © Jean Jacques BROCHARD / CRTA

  • Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux
    © Alain BEGUERIE / CRTA

Gardens

A land of castles and fortified towns, gardens and good food, Périgord boasts many riches: between the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, breath-taking landscapes are dotted with enchanting villages. It is also the cradle of prehistoric humanity, with an exceptional concentration of sites and caves. In Périgord, castles and even had superb parks and gardens laid out around them, as is the case at Eyrignac and Hautefort. The gardens of Marqueyssac are also worth seeing. Along the Lot river in the Lot et Garonne, the gardens of Latour Marliac are unique for water lilies.


  • Hautefort Castle Gardens in Dordogne
    © Jean Jacques BROCHARD / CRTA

  • Imaginary Gardens
    © Brigitte BLOCH / CRTA

  • Marqueyssac Garden
    © Laurent Reiz / CRTA

Seaside

The Aquitaine coastline with its rolling waves, its immense sandy beaches bordered by forests, and its famous resorts, offers a wealth of charms. Enjoy the sea air by cycling along La Vélodyssée® from Biscarrosse until Biarritz. Have a stop at Hossegor worldwide known for its surfing competitions. Then go further to Labenne, perfect for children. Continue to Biarritz and play golf by the sea. Near the Spanish border, go to Saint Jean de luz that has kept its authenticity thanks to its colourful harbour. From there on you can go for a walk on the coastal road (pilgrimage way of St James).


  • Family bicycle tour through the woods
    © Laurent Reiz / CRTA

  • Golf Ilbarritz
    © Jean Jacques BROCHARD / CRTA

  • Tchanquées cabins in the Bay of Arcachon
    © Jean Jacques BROCHARD / CRTA

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