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.


Top places to visit

Biarritz in Aquitaine is a refined aristocratic town that is now the surfing capital of Europe.

Bordeaux in Aquitaine is the region's capital and the home of French wine-making, recognised world-wide for its excellent wines, and is beautifully situated on the River Garonne.

Saint-Émilion in Aquitaine is the oldest wine area in the Bordeaux region and is a pretty medieval town with magnificent underground catacombs.

Sarlat in Aquitaine is a pretty medieval market town surrounded by lush forests and countryside that is famous for its culinary delights of foie gras and truffles.

Top things to do

The fantastic cave complex, the Grottes des Lascaux II, is famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. Inside, it contains some of the world's best-known Upper Paleolithic art with the paintings estimated to be around 17,300...

The remarkable valley of the Château de Commarque can trace a long history back to prehistoric times with sculptures and caves forming an unusual backdrop to the medieval château.

This underground tour takes you through the amazing underground monuments of Saint Emilion including the beautiful monolithic church that is carved from the rock.

Take all the family out for some great fun at Aqualand - Bassin d'Arcachon, one of France's best waterparks!