The Aquitaine region is more than something to wine about! If you’ve not actually been to the Aquitaine region in France before you have probably heard about Bordeaux and drunk some! Bordeaux is the capital of Aquitaine and is famous for its world renowned wine production of course.
Bordeaux has some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world
There are many reasons to put the Aquitaine region on your route if you are planning a road trip around France and it makes a great holiday destination for us Brits.
Aquitaine is located in the Southwest corner of France and is comprised of five "departments" or counties so to speak. They are: Dordogne to the very north, and Pyrenees-Atlantiques at the southern end. Between them are Gironde and Landes on the western side, and Lot et Garonne at the eastern border.
It is quite a task to describe in a few words what makes this area special as it means different thing to different people of course. It’s fair to say that there really is something for everyone here though. The variety of landscape alone is wonderful, and they run from seaside views to huge forests; from the Pyrenees Mountains to the rugged hillsides of beautiful and quaint farmlands.
Sightseeing and touring the countryside are best done at a leisurely pace so you can stop to enjoy some of the finest foods and wine in all of France. There are a great many varying types of places for you to stay on your trip and there are many camp-sites, caravan parks and hostels at one end of the scale to 5 start hotels at the other.
We have a variety of holiday rentals listed on the Drive-France website so please check them out and if you book one please mention that you saw them on this website.
Gironde and Landes, with their western coastline, are bathed by the Bay of Biscay and offer some great sandy beaches. Gironde is also home to the city of Bordeaux and its thousands of vineyards that produce some of the very best wines in the world. There are probably more wine tours and tastings available than you could shake a stick at.
Aside from the gorgeous beach areas of Biscarrosse, Mimizan, and Capbreton, which are worth an entire holiday stay, consider the forest areas as well.
Many people like to visit the Gascony Moors Natural Regional Park and it has a great bird sanctuary on Arcachon Bay which is worth a look if that’s your thing.
To the north of the region is Dordogne, which is a particular favourite with great roads and a pace of life that really makes you unwind.
One of our "places to stay" properties is located in the Dordogne and has Alpaca's there which is quite unusual. Aptly named "The Alpaca B&B".
I can’t really mention all of the places to stay or the areas you should visit as there are just too many to list them all but I would finally give a mention to Lot et Garonne which has a great deal to commend it. It has some terrific museums, castles, more great wine, some lovely gentle hills and great horse riding trails.
Aquitaine is almost perfect when it comes to tourism as it really does have it all, from great activities to experience, and the pleasure of this unique area.