the Tour Guides says:
Régional de Tourisme dAquitaine Bordered along the
whole of its west coast by the Atlantic Ocean, Aquitaine is bathed in
a mild oceanic climate with the influence of the Gulf Stream. The 2,200
sunshine hours per year make the Bordeaux region similar to the Mediterranean.
Along with rainfall that is well distributed over the year, this sunshine
is one of the elements which favour vine-growing in Aquitaine.
Aquitaine region knows a thing or two about variety, there is something
here for everyone, from medieval towns to dramatic beaches to countless
vineyards of award winning grapes. France's south west corner is full
of contrasts; sunny vineyards sidle up to the Pyrénées
mountains and life is one long beach, 270km of toasty sand to be precise,
along with a multitude of vineyards and sprawling pine forests.
Keys Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine, is situated 350 miles southwest
of Paris. One of the best known cities in France, its fine wines are
appreciated the world over by millions of connoisseurs. A major center
of communications and commerce, Bordeaux is the western terminus of
an excellent road and rail network between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
This region of wide-open spaces includes Europe's largest forest, and
offers a long list of outdoor activities in an authentic and healthy
environment. The number and quality of its golf courses has made it
France's leading region for golfers.
A visit to the Aquitaine
region inevitably inspires interest in its past. With an abundance of
prehistoric sites and a fascinating variety of artifacts, it is no wonder
that the region is referred to as the "Cradle of the Arts."
The outstanding finds at Lascaux, La Madeleine, and Rouffignac, the
abbeys, fortresses, and châteaux, and the Gallo-Roman remains
will delight those interested in architecture and archaeology.
et Garonne - South of the Dordogne rivera In the region area you
will find chateaux, including Bonaguil, Beynac and Biron; medieval towns,
including Domme, Belves, Monpazier and Sarlat; caves, including those
at Domme; unspoilt countryside, rivers and caves, beautiful gardens
and small unspoilt villages - several classed as 'most beautiful villages
in France'. Much of the most beautiful rural architecture in France,
or perhaps to be found anywhere, is to be seen here - ancient houses,
barns, pigeonniers and churches simply form part of the unchanging landscape.
covers an area of 41,308 km², 7.6 per cent of France's total area.
It is bounded to the south by Spain, to the east by Midi-Pyrénées,
to the north by Poitou-Charentes and Limousin and to the west by the
Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay). Major
cities in Aquitaine include Bordeaux, Pau, Bayonne, Mont-de-Marsan,
Biarritz, Bergerac, and Périgueux.
Aquitaine Aquitaine is a well-known name but a relatively unexplored
corner of France. It offers an outstanding diversity of attractions.
Ferries A coastline full of stylish resorts and sandy beaches
the world famous vineyards of Bordeaux the captivating scenery
and market towns of the Dordogne just three of the many reasons
why Aquitaine has such irresistible appeal. Then of course theres
the wonderful sunny climate in which to enjoy it all.
Town of Hossegor Opening out on to an emerald green forest, caressed
by the ocean, skirted by a glittering salt-water lake and an endless
beach of fine sand, Hossegor reflects the prestige of a long welcoming
tradition. With its tasteful architecture on the Aquitany Coast and
as Europe's Surfing Capital and golfer's paradise the elegant town of
Hossegor thrives from its rich past and opens itself on what the future
has a lot more than beautiful buildings to offer today. It's a vibrant
cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches, golf courses and numerous
sporting facilities, not forgetting the surf. Surfing started in France
here in Biarritz and surfers come from all over the world to ride the
waves. The Biarritz Surf Festival brought together surfers from Hawaii,
California and Australia every year to celebrate the birth of surfing
A village perpetually in bloom in southern Landes, offers you the warmth
of its hospitality in a stunning forest environment stretching over
Our 5-km-long beach is equipped with two watchtowers and a semaphore
system, letting you enjoy the various sea activities and sunny climate
with complete peace of mind. Walking routes, cycle tracks, tennis and
golf facilities all await you to ensure a totally relaxed stay, in an
environment of water and greenery, wide open space and freedom - "where
ocean and forest meet".
Roque-Gageac A magnificent village officially classified as one
of the most beautiful in France, nestles into its high, south-facing
rock cliffs in a bend of the River Dordogne and enjoys an almost Mediterranean
This is a marvellous example of a walled bastide town with several fortified
gateways in the town walls. It is situated high above the river with
outstanding views of the Dordogne and the main châteaux in the
area. Underneath the market square there is a cave with stalagmites
This is the best preserved bastide town in the region. Its origins date
from the 13th Century and with over 30 buildings designated as national
monuments, clustered especially around the arcades of the central square,
it really is a town of some beauty. Here also can be found the original
On the route of Richard the Lionheart. The magnificent 15th century
chateau was once the home of Madame de Pompadour - favouritemistress
of Louis X1V. Pompadour is also an international eventing centre
Le-guide Undisturbed, the world-famous wines of Bordeaux - Graves,
St Emilion and Médoc, to mention but a few - mature in their
casks while the renowned chateaux look out over vineyards extending
as far as the eye can see. Names like Margaux, Rothschild and Petrus
are just an indication of the quality you can expect in Aquitaine.
the most prestigious wines. Located in the South-west of France, in
the area of Bordeaux, the Medoc has some of the most prestigious red
But, on this ground of wine tradition, one counts 8 Labels of origin
Controlled, and more than 750 vintages, of which some are famous everywhere
in the world. To discover this peninsula, its vines and its 80 kilometers
of range liberally sunny is a pleasure of experts!
Less than an hour from Bordeaux, you have your choice of wine tours.
Depending on how you feel, you can combine wine with beaches, or history,
or strolls, or the classic gastronomy.