Covered in pretty rolling vineyards and stylish, golden, sandy beaches that enjoy a warm oceanic climate, Aquitaine is the perfect sunny destination for wine lovers, walkers, and surfers alike.
There is something to please everyone in this glorious region but wine lovers could certainly not pick a better place for a wonderful holiday than amongst the world famous rolling vineyards of Aquitaine. Bordeaux alone produces over 40 million cases of wine per year but is also renowned for its stunning architecture particularly the 18th century Maison du Vin and the impressive Pont de Pierre bridge
The shoreline is one long beach right down to the Spanish border, embellished by rolling golden dunes and stylish resorts such as Biarritz and Hossegor. This is a true paradise for surfers and families alike where huge waves roll in off the coast over beautiful white sand ideal for sunbathing and an endless play area for children.
Inland is a complete contrast with lush scenery of the unspoilt valleys of the Dordogne and Lot, rich meadows,orchards, pine forests and meandering rivers. The wide open countryside encompasses Europe's largest forest and is a haven for a vast range of outdoor activities including many watersports and golf - the quality of its 60 courses and the fact they are playable all year due to a superb climate has made Aquitaine France's leading region for this popular sport.Read more
Cuisine of Aquitaine
Foie gras, walnut oil, truffles, Bayonne ham, delicious seafood, plums and tomatoes.
What's on the menu?
Pommes sarladaises (potatoes cooked in goose fat). Duck cooked in every conceivable way. Desserts include gâteaux, flans and tarts made with chestnuts, plums, grapes, cherries and pears. Fougasse, a light bread made with olive oil.
What to drink
You are spoilt for choice as this is the home of the Médoc vineyards and the lovely medieval hilltop village of St Emilion that has no less than 50 well stocked wine shops.
Why visit Aquitaine?
- Stunning golden beaches of Biarritz
- Ocean watersports, especially surfing
- Excellent wines from the Bordeaux region
- Beautiful Lot and Dordogne river valleys
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Places in Aquitaine
Biarritz in Aquitaine is a refined aristocratic town that is now…
Bordeaux in Aquitaine is the region's capital and the home of…
Saint-Émilion in Aquitaine is the oldest wine area in the…
Sarlat in Aquitaine is a pretty medieval market town surrounded…
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Attractions in Aquitaine
Underground Tour of Saint-Emilion
This underground tour takes you through the amazing underground…
Centre Nautique d'Arcachon
1.5km east of the Jetée d'Eyrac at the Port de Plaisance…
Les Bateliers Arcachonnais
Sail to the uninhabited Île aux Oiseaux in the middle of the Bay…
Cooking lessons at Château Ambe Tour Pourret
An unique experience in Saint-Emilion where you can create…
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