France's largest region, New-Aquitaine, lies in the South West and is a nature lover's destination par excellence. It boasts a variety of landscapes, moods and settings, from coastal to rural to mountainous, along with a clement climate year-round. The off-seasons are mild and sunny, ideal for nourishing needs for adventure, freedom and relaxation.
Four reasons to visit New-Aquitaine
- Wide, open spaces where nature rules, with a variety of environments to explore: 720 km of coastline, with some of the Atlantic's prettiest beaches (Lacanau, Hossegor, La Palmyre...); paradise islands (Ré, Oléron, Aix and Madame); well-known seaside resorts (Arcachon, Royan, Biarritz...); five Natural Parks with unique sites like the Great Dunes of Pilat, Europe's largest fine sandy beach, the Dordogne Valley, and more...
- 100% outdoor activities: on foot or horseback, by bike, boat or canoe. There are secret gardens for hikers, terrific terrain for cyclists with bike paths, sign-posted mountain bike trails, long-distance cycling circuits (La Vélodyssée®, La Scandibérique, Le Canal des 2 Mers, la Véloroute de la Vallée du Lot, La Vélo Francette®...). From the Basque coast to La Rochelle, and via Ré or Oléron Islands, this region (known in French as the Glissicon Valley) is the perfect playground for water sports enthusiasts.
- A large variety of quality accommodation, all in enchanting natural settings.
- A unique historical heritage, with the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France.
Create unforgettable memories in Gironde, from wine tastings on the Bordeaux Wine Route to strolls amongst the fortified towns and UNESCO Heritage Sites in Blaye, Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. Ride along scenic bike trails, climb to the top of the Dune of Pilat on the Arcachon Basin, sail down the Gironde Estuary, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, and hit the waves on the Atlantic. And don't forget to replenish in nature at the heart of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park, all the while indulging in a variety of unique local products...
Five reasons to visit Gironde
- A cycling destination, par excellence: Gironde has a number of bike paths around Bordeaux, along the Atlantic Coast and Arcachon Basin, and through the Médoc, Saint-Emilion, Graves, Sauternes and Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards...
- With its preserved natural environment and 126 km of fine, sandy beaches, the Gironde coast inspires absolute freedom. It's ideal for swimming and surfing, windsurfing on Médoc's great lakes, biking, hiking or horseback riding around the lakes, pine forests and dunes...
- Three major UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, a "historic vineyard landscape"; Bordeaux's Port of the Moon, an "outstanding urban and architectural ensemble"; and Blaye's Citadel, a Vauban fortification and "Bolt of the Estuary."
- 400 km of navigable waterways on which to explore the Gironde, open to small sailboats and bigger cruise ships. Embark on a cruise, whether it's for a few hours, a day or several days, down the Estuary, the Garonne or Dordogne rivers.
- The Great Dune of Pilat is to the Arcachon Basin what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris: a must-see. Standing in at 110 metres tall, the Dune of Pilat is the tallest dune in Europe! It boasts an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Ocean, the Arcachon Basin and Gascony's Landes forest.