Heralding the gateway to the Pyrenees Mountains on the Spanish border, Aquitaine is known for its wine and for the lush Dordogne countryside. Here you could relax by the sea, or head into the hills near your country retreat. Explore ancient villages and soak up the rich ancient heritage of a region lost in time, sipping world-renowned wines as you go.
A rich landscape of vineyards, forests and winding rivers between the mountains and the sea.
Things to do
If you’re coming to this area of France for the wine, you’re not alone. With Aquitaine’s capital city of Bordeaux as the UNESCO-protected hub of French viniculture, private tastings and chateaux visits in this region are a must. Explore undulating vineyards and wine estates, and sample the region’s famed Medoc, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru and Margaux varieties before choosing a few bottles to take back to your luxury hotel.
NATURE & SPORT
You can easily spend hours exploring the long coastline and beautiful mountains of Aquitaine. Stroll along sandy beaches, stretch out in the sun or go sailing or surfing on the Atlantic. Head away from the coast and venture through emerald fields and forests, below the towering Pyrenees. Can’t make up your mind? Settle on the Dordogne to explore peaceful villages and lazy rivers by bicycle.
CULTURE & HISTORY
Venture deep into the heart of Aquitaine to explore magical little medieval villages. Stroll in the footsteps of Eleanor of Aquitaine along cobbled streets and tree-lined squares. Stop to visit quaint cafés and boutiques selling local produce and wine. Or explore ancient churches, countryside abbeys and prehistoric discoveries, such as the Lascaux Caves.
Rent a car and drive into the lesser-known French Basque Country for a change in scenery… and cuisine.
Top Tip from SLH