Aquitaine/Dordogne, France travel info

Guide to Aquitaine/Dordogne, France

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France travel facts

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Area (sq km): 547,030
Population: 64,102,140
Nationality: French
Local Name: France
Language: French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Paris
Dialling Code: +33
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .fr
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean,
Marine West Coast
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-17.00
Major Airports: Biarritz(BIQ),
Bordeaux(BOD),
Dijon(DIJ),
Marseille(MRS),
Nice(NCE),
Paris(CDG),
Toulouse(XYT)

Seaside villas in Biarritz and Bordeaux wine

Visiting the Bay of Arcachon, the Landes forests, the Basque Country, chic Biarritz and the fine structural designs and sipping Bordeaux wine are all in a day, a very busy day, of touring the bold and lovely region of Aquitaine and basing yourself in luxury seaside villas in Biarritz.

Biarritz beaches
Biarritz beaches

The region of Aquitaine is perfectly situated bordering the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean, whilst incorporating the Dordogne River Valley and the renowned Bordeaux wine region. Booking gites in Aquitaine Dordogne or villas in Biarritz is the answer to your perfect holiday in this glorious region of France.

The Bay of Arcachon serves the best oysters. Landes is the place for windsurfing and exploring the Dunes of Pilat. Biarritz is ultra posh on the Basque Coast with pristine beaches, championship golf courses and is also France’s home of surfing.

Bay of Arcachon

The Bay of Arcachon is a perfect environment for wildlife and oyster farming. Tour the lagoon on a flat-bottom boat (pinasse), view the cabins raised on pilings and head to Bird Island for a quiet and lovely day out. The inland sea is an anomaly as it is a stunning lagoon-like hue of turquoise.

The winter getaway of Arcachon has long been a retreat for those seeking restorative cures for both mind and body. Oyster fishing is the mainstay of the area and is certainly one of the top attractions when staying in Aquitaine villas. Enjoy the plethora of favourite oyster options like oyster stew and chilled oysters to name two favourites.

Landes & the Dunes of Pilat

When holidaying in French villas make time to visit Landes. Landes in Aquitaine is a quiet wooded area on the Bay of Biscay. Landes also features kilometres of fine sandy beaches and dramatic golden sand dunes.

The Dunes of Pilat are an impressive 3km long and 105m high. Sandy beaches and powerful waves provide world class surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing in Aquitaine. A world championship qualifier is held each August in Hossegor and is great fun for competitors and observers alike. For a little relaxation and serenity unwind in the natural springs at Eugenie les Bains.

Surfing and villas in Biarritz: Basque Coast

The Basque Coast is stunningly diverse with sandy beaches for surfing in Biarritz, luxury villas in Biarritz and cliffs and creeks. The home and birthplace of surfing in France is in Biarritz, which hosts the Biarritz Surf Festival attracting the world’s top wave riders. Chic Biarritz gained in importance during the mid-19th Century and since then has become the most popular holiday resort in the Basque country offering fabulous gites in Aquitaine Dordogne to rent.

Aside from the world famous immaculate beaches and surfing in Biarritz, the buildings are architectural masterpieces and the golf courses are top flight. A phenomenal nightlife scene can be found here, and the discos and bars in Bayonne take off until the sun comes up.

Bordeaux wine

The Bordeaux wine and vineyards are of world renown and the vines and grapes are as fine as they can be; masterpieces perfected over centuries. There are such famous vineyards producing luscious wines at Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Chateau Lafite, also by Rothschild.

Beyond Bordeaux wine, the city shows off its architectural riches: the Place de la Bourse, the Grande Cloche, the Grand Theatre, the cathedral of Saint-Andre and the late Gothic church of Saint-Michel are just some of the treasures to be had when you holiday in villas in Biarritz and head north to explore Bordeaux and Aquitaine

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