Aquitaine Destination Guide

Aquitaine is located along the Pyrenees mountain range, which is the border with Spain, and right up the Atlantic coast. It is made up of 5 departments. Namely, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Landes, Dordogne, Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne. Its capital city, Bordeaux, is a UNESCO world heritage site and is the largest and one of the better-known cities within the area. Bordeaux is most famous for its robust wines and exquisite landscape.

Activities

You can visit the stylish resort towns of Biarritz or Hossegor, famous for surfing and other water-related sports and leisure activities. Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne boast lush, unspoiled scenery with green valleys, pine forests and rivers. Aquitaine not only has beautifully exquisite countryside and sandy beaches but there are also plenty of historic sites for visitors to explore. One such tour is the underground monuments of Saint Emilion, with its monolithic church carved from rocks and ancient rock art.

The countryside is particularly popular for cyclists as there is a dedicated scenic cycling route travelling mainly along the coast and rivers or canals. There is plenty to see and do, from viewing the incredible architecture to visiting the delightful art galleries, chateaux, medieval fortresses and ruins. You can also do a wine tasting at one of the many vineyards.

There are plenty of traditional festivals, events and year-round activities. Additionally, there are sporting competitions, leisure and wildlife parks, carnivals and open-air markets. Sports such as cycling, hiking, water sports and fishing are popular pastimes within this region. The weather is pleasant with a mild winter and temperatures averaging around 27 degrees in the summertime. Local specialities include Fois Gras, truffles, Magret de Canard, Bayonne ham, Cassoulet and Agen prunes.

Travel

Getting to Aquitaine is easy. Bordeaux train station can be reached by TGV from Paris Gare Montparnasse, Lille, Toulouse and even Marseille. Airports include Bordeaux, Bergerac and Biarritz.