One of France’s largest and most diverse regions, Aquitaine is most famous for its capital city, Bordeaux. With a huge range of things for tourists to see and do, Aquitaine is an excellent holiday destination. Hang ten with a surfing lesson in Biarritz, or tour the wineries of Médoc, St Emilion, Pomerol and Sauternes. History buffs will love the 17th century Fortifications of Vauban and the prehistoric sites and cave paintings of the Vézère Valley, while golf lovers can tee off at one of Aquitaine’s 48 courses. In Lourdes, join the pilgrims to see the site of the Marian apparitions at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. When hunger strikes, you’re in luck – Aquitaine’s cuisine is a tourist attraction unto itself. Local delicacies include foie gras, duck liver patè, and black truffles, often washed down with armagnac brandy. If you choose self-catering Aquitaine accommodation you can also take advantage of the region’s fabulous food markets. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll not only save money on dining out, but get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Aquitaine life.
When to go to Aquitaine
With mild winters, warm springs and autumns and hot summers, Aquitaine is a great year round holiday destination. Averaging 2,200 hours of sunshine each year, you can expect blue skies whenever you time your travel to Aquitaine.
Getting to and around Aquitaine
Most tourists arrive in Aquitaine via flights to the region’s four airports – Bordeaux, Bergerac, Biarritz and Pau. Once in Aquitaine, public transport is available, although hiring a car may be best if you wish to explore a lot of the region.
Where to stay in Aquitaine
When choosing accommodation in Aquitaine, holiday rentals offer a great alternative to more expensive hotels. Not only will self-catering Aquitaine accommodation save you money, renting your very own villa or apartment will also give you superior space, freedom and privacy. HouseTrip has a number of quality self catering Aquitaine holiday rentals, many available to find and book in as little as six clicks.