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Guide of New-Aquitaine

Tourism, holidays & weekends in New-Aquitaine

Guide of New-Aquitaine - Tourism, holidays & weekends in New-Aquitaine

The ultimate summer destination, New-Aquitaine not only benefits from a mild and sunny climate, but also enjoys a favourable location between the Atlantic Ocean, the Pyrenees mountain range and the Massif Central. Boasting a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from the famous Bordeaux vineyard to the splendid Pyrenees mountains, via the charming Dordogne Valley, the peaceful Millevaches Plateau, the mountains of Limousin, the mysterious Poitevin Marsh, the islands of Ré and Oléron or the picturesque Pays Basque, this magnificent territory in south-western France offers holidaymakers a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities. Boasting many remarkable sites, the region has a large number of natural and architectural treasures and combines the joys of the beach and the ocean with the attractions of the forest and lakes.

Favourite tourist destinations include cities of Art and History like Bayonne, Bordeaux, Pau, Périgueux and Poitiers, the castles of Bonaguil, Cazeneuve, Crozant, Roquetaillade and La Rochefoucauld, the medieval towns of Saint-Émilion and Sarlat-la-Canéda, the old port town of La Rochelle, the picturesque villages of Angles-sur-l'Anglin, Collonges-la-Rouge and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, the stunning gardens of Eyrignac and Marqueyssac, and also the famous seaside resorts of Arcachon, Biarritz, Capbreton, Hossegor, Royan and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, as well as the tall Dune of Pilat that majestically towers over the entrance to the Bay of Arcachon. Lovers of religious architecture and artistic heritage will be delighted by gems of Romanesque art like the Church of Aulnay-de-Saintonge, the triad of Melle, Le Dorat Collegiate Church or Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey Church, and age-old traditions and skills like Aubusson's celebrated tapestry and Limoges' famous porcelain.

New-Aquitaine will also delight fans of relaxation and sports, with its immense sandy beaches, salty waves so popular with surfers, lakes and ponds for water sports, cycle paths weaving through pine forests, spa resorts with health-giving waters, ski areas and countless hiking trails. Gourmets in search of new flavours will also be satisfied as the region is renowned for its local specialities and products, like wines from Bordeaux, Bergerac and Jurançon, oysters from Arcachon and Marennes-Oléron, Agen prunes, poultry and foie gras from Landes, Périgord truffles, Chalosse beef, Bayonne ham, poule au pot (poached chicken), Broyé du Poitou, flognarde and Basque cake. Children and grown-ups alike are sure to be thrilled by famous attractions like the Futuroscope theme park, Zoodyssée in Villiers-en-Bois, Vallée des Singes, Walibi Sud-Ouest park and La Palmyre zoo!

Territories of New-Aquitaine


Between the Atlantic and the Pyrenees, the mild climate is one of Aquitaine's advantages. From the Bordeaux vineyards to the Dordogne Valley, from the Bay of Arcachon to the Ossau Valley, its natural environment is another plus. You can savour the joys of strolling along the streets of dazzling cities like Bordeaux, Biarritz and Bayonne, or exploring the lanes in the medieval towns of Sarlat-la-Canédat and Saint-Émilion.

Béarn-Basque Country

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees lie two magnificent lands with a rich heritage: the peaceful Béarn, with its historic capital of Pau and its green Ossau Valley; and the picturesque Pays Basque, with its City of Art and History, Bayonne, its typical villages and its famed seaside resorts.


A holiday destination highly prized by lovers of beautiful landscapes and sports activities, Charentes also appeals to lovers of built heritage, with such remarkable sites as the cities of La Rochelle, Angoulême and Saintes, the village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, the Church of Aulnay-de-Saintonge and La Rochefoucauld Castle.


The land of D'Artagnan and good living, Gascony delights not only gourmets but also lovers of old buildings, with its historic capital of Auch and its rich heritage, beautiful villages like Larressingle and Fourcès, typical markets and flavoursome specialities.


If you dream of a peaceful place to recharge your batteries and want to relax in an idyllic country setting, Limousin is the region for you. Enjoying the lush green landscapes of the Millevaches plateau, trying your hand at water sports on Lake Vassivière, admiring Limoges' porcelain know-how or Aubusson's tapestry, and visiting Crozant and the Valley of Painters should all feature in your plans for an authentic and relaxing holiday.

Massif Central

A vast mountainous territory located at the very heart of France, the Massif Central is a favourite destination for lovers of nature and hiking. The Auvergne Volcanoes Park, Cévennes Park and Livradois-Forez Park truly have something to enchant everyone, with their outstanding natural areas strewn with countless paths!


Steeped in history and heritage, Périgord is a choice destination for sightseers! The prestigious Dordogne Valley, the City of Art and History of Périgueux, the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, the superb village of Beynac-et-Cazenac and the wonderful gardens of Marqueyssac are among its must-see attractions.


A favourite destination for lovers of architecture and old buildings, Poitou contains many gems of Romanesque art like the Church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande de Poitiers, the Romanesque triad of Melle and the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. In addition to this remarkable heritage, there are charming destinations like the superb village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin, the medieval town of Chauvigny and the peaceful Poitevin Marsh.


A haven for hikers and other nature-lovers, the Pyrenees mountain range is home to exceptional flora and fauna, and will enchant you with its wild, unspoilt landscapes, peaks offering incredible views, high-altitude lakes, legendary mountain passes, green valleys and welcoming winter sports resorts so loved by skiers.

Guide of New-Aquitaine


The Charente is home to the Cognac vineyards and the city of Angoulême, renowned for its international comic strip festival, but also to the Château of La Rochefoucauld, the lakes in upper Charente propitious to sports and leisure activities, the Charente valley, and the Aubeterre-sur-Dronne monolithic church.


Famous for its oyster beds, the Charente-Maritime caters for every need, with the seaside resorts and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast, the charentaises islands, the Saintonge Romanesque churches, and the cities with a rich history.


Green and wild landscapes, lakes great for water activities, medieval cities and magnificent villages are just some of the features on offer to visitors of the Corrèze.


Boasting peaceful landscapes composed of wooded hills, plateaux, rivers, lakes and ponds, the Creuse is also home to the Chabrières forest, the Vassivière lake great for water activities, chateaux and remarkable churches.


The Poitou marshes and its green Venice, with its canals offering trips in traditional boats, the Celles-sur-Belle royal abbey and the Oiron Renaissance château are among the must-see places of the Deux-Sèvres.


In the Dordogne, the outstanding prehistoric sites of the Vézère valley, the magnificent castles of the Dordogne valley, the unspoiled landscapes, the magnificent parks and gardens perfect for a stroll, and the charming villages, make it a wonderful place to visit.


Biggest département in France, the Gironde holds numerous assets: prestigious vineyard known all over the world; beautiful fortified towns and villages; the Arcachon Basin bordered with charming oyster villages; the city of Bordeaux, capital of Aquitaine and UNESCO World Heritage Site...


The Haute-Vienne is packed with things to see and do, ranging from forests and lakes perfect for sports activities to picturesque villages, through the city of Limoges, capital of Limousin known all over the world for its porcelain and enamel.


The vast sandy plain of the Regional Nature Park covered with nice-smelling maritime pines, the oceanic coast bordered with long beaches of fine sand, the peaceful ponds and the pleasant cycleways make the Landes a destination great for relaxation and the practice of sports leisure activities.


Rich agricultural area, the Lot-et-Garonne is a paradise for fans of nature tourism and places of interest, with its beautiful hilly landscapes strewn with orchards, its numerous waterways, its medieval fortified towns and villages, its castles such as those of Bonaguil and Duras, and its city of Agen, the capital of the prune.


Combining nature, architecture and traditions, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques offers a wide range of attractions: the Pyrenees mountains great for hiking, the renowned seaside resorts of Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the cities of Bayonne and Pau with their rich heritage, the typical villages...


Vienne combines historic heritage and futurism, with the city of Poitiers and its large number of listed monuments, the Saint-Savin abbey church and its Romanesque frescoes inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the famous Futuroscope European Image park.

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