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Aquitaine

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Aquitaine, capital city Bordeaux,   is one of the great historic regions of France; it is also one of the largest and most varied regions of France, stretching from the foothills of the Massif Central in the north, to the Spanish border in the south, a distance of over 300 km. In the Middle Ages, Aquitaine was allied with the Plantagenet kings of England, and the region has many historic connections with the British Isles, notably through the wine trade.
On account of its size, Aquitaine is a very varied region; the northwest part of Aquitaine, comprising the departments of the Dordogne (24) and the Lot et Garonne (47) is made up of gentle hill country, with large areas of vineyards in the lower lying areas, and woodland and mixed farming in the hillier north east. The Dordogne area (click for more details) is famous for its rurality, its gentle valleys and villages, which seem to outsiders to be lost in time, and have become very popular with second-home buyers from the UK and the Netherlands in particular. The area is also famous as one of the oldest centres of known human habitation in Europe, and many prehistoric sites can be found round the area of Lascaux (remarkable caves, a UNESCO world heritage site) and Les Eyzies. Within France, the Dordogne department is more famous for its gastronomic specialities, truffles, foie-gras, walnuts and other mouth-watering delicacies, and is often rerferred to as “le Périgord”, the area around the departmental capital of Périgueux.
The middle band of the region, following the line of the Gironde estuary, is low-lying land, and one of the most famous wine-producing areas in France. Bordeaux, regional capital and capital of the Gironde (33) department, is amagnificent city lying at the lowest bridging point on the Garonne river. it is one of France’s great seaports, and its historic wealth is reflected in the many fine buildings of the old city, such as the unique eighteenth-century theatre. North of Bordeaux, to the west of the Gironde estuary, lies the area of Médoc, the most prestigious of the region’s wine-producing areas; other famous vineyard areas can be found all round Bordeaux, and notably along the valley of the Garonne and its tributaries.

Sand dunes above the bay of Arcachon
The area around the small historic city of St. Emilion is another famous vineyard area. Further inland, the area between Marmande and Agen supports a busy fruit and vegetable industry. On the coast, the resort of Arcachon is very popular, on account of its sheltered anchorage, favoured by yachtsmen, and the proximity of the Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe.
The southern part of Aquitaine is made up of two distinct areas, the departments of les Landes (40) and the Pyrénées Atlantiques (64). Les Landes is the most heavily forested area of Europe; a low lying area with sandy soil, almost the whole department is covered with pine forests interspersed with small areas of heath and farmland. The forests are popular with nature lovers, ramblers and hunters, and support a major timber industry. Outside the few towns and seaside resorts, the department of les Landes, which until the nineteenth century was renowned as an inhospitable wasteland, is one of the least densely populated areas of France. It is also a department where almost a quarter of all dwellings are second homes. The coastline of les Landes is a long almost unbroken stretch of sandy beach, much of it virtually empty.  Les Landes is part of the historic area of Gascony.
The department of Pyrénées Atlantiques (64) is essentially composed of the former province of Bearn and the Basque country. It is a very attractive department, offering everything from  Atlantic surf on the beaches around St Jean de Luz and Biarritz, to good skiing on the slopes high up in the Pyrenees. The foothills of the Pyrenees are a delightful area, benefiting from a very mild climate, and sufficient rainfall to remain green and luscious through many months of the year. Pau, the departmental capital, is an elegant city that was very popular with the British in the nineteenth century as a thermal resort, and even boasted at one time an English hunt, complete with hounds and redcoats.
Aquitaine is a region that is popular for cycle tourism:  two long distance cycle routes, the Atlantic cycleway and the Atlantic-Mediterranean cycle route cross the region. In Aquitaine, both are largely on dedicated surfaced cycle routes, and are flat, as they largely follow the coast or rivers / canals.

 

Below you can choose from our selection of beautiful places to spend a holiday near the sunshine west coast of France

Gite Sicard

Gite Sicard Sleeps: 6 Price Range: €450-550 per week A lovely village house in the heart of unspoilt Gascony in South West France.  Gite Sicard is a pretty 2 storey house with private courtyard on ...

Cachette Anglaise

Cachette Anglaise Sleeps: 5 Price Range: 430€ to 924€ per week We bought Cachette Anglaise in early 2015 and moved in just before the summer. Work began on the cottage in June, with the intention ...

Faurelie

Faurelie Sleeps: 8 Price Range: £410 to £1200 per week Faurelie is a beautiful Perogordian barn conversion in a forest setting near Montignac. It has a spacious open plan lounge with comfy sofas, Flat screen ...

Maison Neuve

Maison Neuve Sleeps: 5 Price Range: £335 to £800 per week Maison Neuve is a pretty french two bedroom cottage set within a tranquil forest. There is a lovely reception room as you enter with ...

Domaine de Beausoleil

Name of Gite / B&B / Hotel: Domaine de Beausoleil Sleeps: 1 to 20 Imagine sitting by the pool with a glass of wine, watching the sun set over the beautiful French countryside perhaps after ...

2france4two

Exclusively for 2 people at any one time. The 22 acres and 2 acre lake is NOT open to the public. It is only for your enjoyment and ours of course! Enjoy the tranquility at ...

Peyrenegre Gites

Peyrenegre Gites Sleeps: 4-12 Price Range: 350-750 Three Country Cottages in Labretonie, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine - Ideal For A Peaceful And Relaxing Holiday, Relax And Unwind Surrounded By Breathtaking Views Situated in the undiscovered Lot-et-Garonne, 14km ...

Les Hirondelles‎

Sleeps up to 8 + 2 Infants £900 - £1500 per Week Les Hirondelles, Caubon-St-Sauveur Nestling in the heart of southwest France to the south of the Dordogne, the Lot-et-Garonne is a leading destination for nature-orientated ...

Chateau Monteil

Sleeps: 15+ Price Range: 65£ to 125£ Bed & Breakfast or 1650£ to 4650£ Private Catered Rental We are a family friendly B&B Chambres d’hotes that also offers Private Catered Rental! Approximately 10 minutes from the medieval town of ...

Les Rossignols d’Ancheyra

Les Rossignols d'Ancheyra Sleeps: 8 Price Range: £800-£1600 Converted stone barn in Sarrazac near Jumilhac-le-Grand and Thiviers with private pool - Nestled In A Small Rural Hamlet And Set Within 28 Acres Of Private Land ...

Maison arc-en-ciel

Maison arc-en-ciel Sleeps: 8 Price Range: 55-185 Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel : Peaceful space in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region near Saint Emilion. We have a self catering holiday home ...

Hotel de Candeloup

Hotel de Candeloup Sleeps: 17 Price Range: 45€ - 105€ Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel  In the foothills of the French Pyrenees, near the village of Monein, our 260 year old Bearnaise farm ...

Martins’ Lakes

Sleeps: 6 Price Range: £200/£1300 We are located in the Dordogne region of France and have three lakes set in 80 acres of beautiful countryside. There is a 3 bedroom holiday cottage (gite) which sleeps ...

Maison Berry

Sleeps: 5 Price Range: 300 to 400 Holiday Home in a Beautiful Medieval town, Sleeps up to 5 adults and 1 baby. The house is on three levels. 1. Large dining room with table to ...

Les Lavandes

Les Lavandes Sleeps 6 Price Range: €650 - €1250 Les Lavandes a charming restored Perigordian farmhouse with beautiful gardens and a private 10x5 mtr in the quiet hamlet of La Vigne, nr Sarrazac (Dept. 24).. From ...

Le Clos du Verger

Le Clos du Verger Sleeps: 4 Price Range: 375 to 610 euros a week Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: Le Clos du Verger is in a rural location in the Dordogne ...

Grand Pailley Bas

Five Star Rated Gîte With Pool Near Duras & Eymet in Rural Lot-et-Garonne Sleeps: 6 Price Range: £700 - £975 Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: Our Gîte is part of a large six ...

Le Petit Wren

Le Petit Wren Sleeps: 6 Price Range: £550 - £1250 Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: Le Petit Wren is a wonderful holiday home with stylish accommodation, private pool and garden, ample parking, in ...

Gite Borie Bonaguil

Gite Borie Bonaguil Sleeps: 6 Price Range: Euro's 550 to Euro's 1450 Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: A stylish comfortable holiday home, ample accommodation for six people to enjoy a wonderful holiday in ...