Destination Aquitaine

Sen Yan surf

The area is famous for its surfing beaches where the Atlantic ocean crashes into the coastline, the Dunes de Pyla and the huge forest known as Les Landes which was first instigated on the orders of Napolean Bonaparte. Food lovers will not be disappointed since the region is home to such delicacies as Confit de Canard and Foie Gras.

Bordeaux and the surrounding area provide some of the best red wine in Europe with St. Emilion being perhaps the best known. Picturesque vineyards and dreamy winding countryside provide a perfect setting for picnics and fun days out.

Further South towards the Spanish border we enter the Basque region where some of the most beautiful coastal fishing ports nestle. Perhaps the pick of the crop would be St.Jean de Luz, a gorgeous port town famous for its pretty architecture and fresh seafood, which is just south of Biarritz.

Biarritz displays a fine elegance, which was popular during Victorian times with many street names and locations bearing witness to this. The casino crafted from white marble and standing on the coast is breathtaking at night when floodlit as is the statue of the Virgin Mary, which stands in the bay. The Spanish influence in the region is displayed in no better way than through the cuisine. Fresh tapas can be sampled locally and with a glass of wine in hand and guitar music in the background, what better way to spend an evening on holiday?

The Pyrenees mountains rise up majestically inland from the coastal regions of Aquitaine. Lourdes one of the most famous religous sites in the world nestles in the foothils on the edge of the mountains and is within easy reach for a day visit from this wonderful region. This religous town is a major place of Roman Catholic Pilgrimage and miraculous healings.

As previously mentioned, the surf scene in Gascony is the best in Europe and revered the world over and as you would expect every water sport conceivable is available nearby.

For more information on this fantastic holiday region of France click here to visit Tourism Aquitaine the official French Government regional tourist office.

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