Aquitaine/Dordogne, France travel info

Guide to Aquitaine/Dordogne, France

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Area (sq km): 547,030
Population: 64,102,140
Nationality: French
Local Name: France
Language: French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
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Aquitaine villas & Aquitaine cuisine

When you rent Aquitaine villas you can enjoy Aquitaine cuisine which is rich, luscious and immensely famous. The best of the local fare is on hand at the bustling markets in Aquitaine and in the fantastic Dordogne restaurants of world acclaim.

Bordeaux wineries
Bordeaux wineries

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region of France not only features the world class vineyards of Bordeaux, but Aquitaine cuisine is loved around the world. Its flavours are rich and succulent including such delicacies as potted duck, black truffles and velvety foie gras. Exploring the markets in Aquitaine from Aquitaine villas is a fabulous way to discover the local fare and the Dordogne restaurants are amongst the greatest in France.

Succulent Aquitaine cuisine

This exquisite region of France stretches from the Basque country and Pyrenees, to the Atlantic in the west, and to the mountains and valleys in the south and east. The mild climate is ideal for the production of fruits, especially grapes, and vegetables. Aquitaine cuisine provides a bounty of seafood, while the marshes and forests provide game and mushrooms. So it’s no surprise that delicacies are prolific throughout the region. Read on for even more reasons to bring a healthy appetite with you and leave your diet behind when you stay in French villas in Aquitaine.

Crayfish and shad are both local fresh seafood delights. Duck and goose are the regional fowl and you won’t believe the succulent variations of these birds. Aquitaine is famous for its black truffles, but do also seek out aromatic morels. Entrecote a la bordelaise, grilled over vine cuttings, will have steak aficionado’s taste buds soaring. Try the local oysters from the Bay of Arcachon. Other specialties include Rocamadour goat cheese, Bayonne ham, lamb and, of course, foie gras and pate. Dordogne is also the largest producer of walnuts.

Markets in Aquitaine

Part of the fun of enjoying the wonders of Aquitaine cuisine is discovering it all for yourself at the markets in Aquitaine. The bustling markets feature the freshest of everything from staple vegetables and fruits to the scrumptious delicacies of the region like rare truffles, potted duck and rich foie gras.

The biggest market in Perigord is Riberac, while Sarlat is one of the best markets in France. Terrasson Market offers all of the specialties of the region. The Capucins Market in Bordeaux is at the Place des Capucins and features delicious local produce and meats. The Mont de Marsan morning market is at Saint Roch in the Landes area. This fabulous market has been voted one of the 100 nicest markets in France.

Dordogne restaurants

If you would like to taste the culinary marvels of the area, the Dordogne restaurants are serving up countless excellent feasts. Expect to sample the rich flavours and delicacies that have made the food in Dordogne legendary and the Dordogne restaurants sought after.

L’Abreuvoir in Le Bugue specialises in local produce. Also in Le Bugue is Le Colibri that serves amazing local fare. In St Laurents, the food at Le Mylord is fresh and scrumptious. L’Univers focuses on fish and their lobster is a signature item. Le Puits d’Or in Montpon is comfortable and even romantic with yummy scents wafting from the kitchen filling the air all around. Use Aquitaine villas as the perfect base from which to explore the culinary wonders of the Aquitaine/Dordogne area.

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