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Discover Nouvelle Aquitaine in France, known for its stunning coastline, rich history and world renowned Bordeaux wines. Visit Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world. Tour through the vineyards & wineries of Saint Emilion or Médoc and taste delicious wines. Climb the Dune du Pilat sand dune near the Arcachon resort. Explore charming small towns like Sarlat, La Rochelle or Cognac.

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Nouvelle Aquitaine World-Class Wine Region Stunningly Beautiful Countryside Rustic & Tasty Cuisine Historical Towns & Cities Discover Nouvelle Aquitaine - Your Travel Guide to the Largest Region in France Welcome to Nouvelle Aquitaine, one of the most beautiful regions in France. Located in the southwest of the country, Nouvelle Aquitaine is the largest region in France in terms of area, and is known for its stunning beaches, rolling countryside, charming towns, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you are interested in history, art, food, or outdoor activities, Nouvelle Aquitaine has something for everyone. Getting There: Nouvelle Aquitaine is easily accessible via air, train, or car. ...

Nouvelle Aquitaine

  • World-Class Wine Region
  • Stunningly Beautiful Countryside
  • Rustic & Tasty Cuisine
  • Historical Towns & Cities

Discover Nouvelle Aquitaine - Your Travel Guide to the Largest Region in France

Welcome to Nouvelle Aquitaine, one of the most beautiful regions in France. Located in the southwest of the country, Nouvelle Aquitaine is the largest region in France in terms of area, and is known for its stunning beaches, rolling countryside, charming towns, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you are interested in history, art, food, or outdoor activities, Nouvelle Aquitaine has something for everyone.

Getting There:

Nouvelle Aquitaine is easily accessible via air, train, or car. Major airports in the region include Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, and Biarritz Pays Basque Airport. You can also take a train to one of the many cities in the region, such as Bordeaux, Poitiers, or Limoges. If you prefer to drive, there are many highways and scenic routes to choose from. We organize private transfers from Bordeaux train station or Mérignace airport to your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux. Our transfers also cover the whole Nouvelle-Aquitain region.

Best Places to Visit in Nouvelle Aquitaine:

1. Bordeaux:

Known for its world-renowned wine, stunning architecture, and cultural scene, Bordeaux is a must-visit city. Don't miss the Place de la Bourse, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, and the Musée d'Aquitaine. We organize private guided walking tours of Bordeaux with licensed tour guides. With our in-house licensed guides, you can enjoy a more personalized experience. They can tailor the tour to your interests and preferences, and can provide recommendations and advice on things to do and see in the area. Book a private Bordeaux walking tour here.

2. Saint-Emilion:

This historic town is located in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region and is known for its beautiful vineyards, charming streets, and excellent restaurants. Be sure to visit the Église Monolithe, the Château de Candale, and the Maison du Vin. We organize private Bordeaux wine tours to Saint Emilion as well as shared small group day trips from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion with local guides, experts of Bordeaux wines.

3. La Rochelle:

With its picturesque harbor, beautiful beaches, and fresh seafood, La Rochelle is a favorite among visitors. Be sure to visit the Vieux Port, the Aquarium de La Rochelle, and the Musée Maritime. Our shore excursions from La Rochelle will take you to the most important landmarks of the region including Cognac Distilleries & Marais Poitevin, Green Venice area.

4. Biarritz:

This elegant seaside resort is located on the Basque coast and is known for its beautiful beaches, world-class surfing, and vibrant nightlife. Be sure to visit the Plage de la Côte des Basques, the Musé Learn about history and culture: Nouvelle Aquitaine is rich in history and culture, with many museums, art galleries, and historic sites to explore. Be sure to visit the Musée d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux, the Musée d'Art et d'Arche de la Mer, and the Rocher de la Vierge. Our private full day trip from Bordeaux to Basque country will certainly be the perfect fit for a tour to Biarritz.

5. Sarlat-la-Canéda:

This charming medieval town is located in the heart of the Dordogne and is known for its beautiful architecture, gastronomy, and outdoor activities. Be sure to visit the Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos, the Jardins de Marqueyssac, and the Maison Forte de Reignac. Discover the Dordogne region of France on a private day trip from Bordeaux to visit Lascaux IV and the Dordogne Valley.

6. Périgueux:

This charming town is located in the heart of the Dordogne region and is known for its beautiful architecture, rich history, and delicious cuisine. Be sure to visit the Cathédrale Saint-Front, the Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie du Périgord, and the Place de la Clautre. Visit stunning Périgueux with one of our licensed local guide on a private guided walking tour of Périgueux to visit the most famous landmarks of this unique town.

7. Saint-Jean-de-Luz:

Located on the Basque coast, this historic town boasts beautiful beaches, colorful buildings, and a rich cultural heritage. Be sure to visit the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the Maison de l'Infante, and the Plage de Lafiténia.

Best Things to Do in Nouvelle Aquitaine:

1. Visit the vineyards:

Nouvelle Aquitaine is home to some of the best vineyards in the world, including those in the Bordeaux and Bergerac regions. Take a wine tour to learn about the history and production of some of the region's finest wines.

2. Wine Tasting:

With world-renowned vineyards in Bordeaux, Bergerac, and Cognac, wine tasting is a must-do activity in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Take a wine tour to learn about the region's wine production and sample some of the finest wines. We organize wine tasting in the most famous regions of Bordeaux including Saint-Émilion, the Médoc, Graves or Sauternes. Our wine tasting sessions also offer guests unique experiences in the Cognac & Armagnac wine regions of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

3. Explore the countryside:

Nouvelle Aquitaine is known for its beautiful countryside, including the rolling hills of the Dordogne and the rugged coastline of the Basque Country. Take a hike, bike ride, or horseback ride to explore the region's natural beauty.

4. Outdoor Activities:

Nouvelle Aquitaine is blessed with stunning natural landscapes, including the Dordogne River, the Pyrenees Mountains, and the Atlantic coast. Take a hike, bike ride, or kayak trip to explore the region's beauty.

5. Gastronomy:

Nouvelle Aquitaine is home to many gastronomic specialties, including foie gras, truffles, oysters, and duck confit. Be sure to try some of the local dishes at one of the many excellent restaurants in the region. Why not try our Bordeaux gourmet food & wine tour to experience the local delicacies?

6. History and Culture:

Nouvelle Aquitaine has a rich history and culture, with many museums, art galleries, and historic sites to explore. Be sure to visit the Musée National de Préhistoire in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, the Château de Pau, and the Musée du Foie Gras in Sarlat-la-Canéda. For history buffs, we operate private day trips to Sarlat that will introduce you to Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne with visits to the Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV Museum and Rouffignac or Font de Gaumes caves.

Whether you're looking for adventure, culture, or relaxation, Nouvelle Aquitaine has something for everyone. Plan your trip today and book the best of France's largest region.

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FAQ

  • What is Nouvelle Aquitaine known for?

    Nouvelle-Aquitaine, located in southwestern France, is a region renowned for its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and gastronomic delights. Spanning from the Atlantic coast to the Pyrenees Mountains, this vast territory offers a wealth of attractions and experiences that capture the hearts of travelers. From historic landmarks to breathtaking natural beauty, Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. In this article, we'll delve into what makes Nouvelle-Aquitaine truly special and the reasons why it has gained international acclaim. 1. Historic Heritage: Nouvelle-Aquitaine boasts a remarkable historic heritage that spans centuries. The region is home to iconic landmarks such as the UNESCO-listed Saint-Émilion village, renowned for its medieval architecture and world-class vineyards. Explore the medieval city of Poitiers, with its well-preserved Romanesque churches and ancient ruins. Discover the Lascaux Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcasing awe-inspiring prehistoric cave paintings. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural wonders that define Nouvelle-Aquitaine. 2. Breathtaking Natural Landscapes: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is blessed with diverse and breathtaking natural landscapes. Experience the vastness of the Atlantic coastline, with its sandy beaches, charming seaside resorts, and vibrant coastal towns like La Rochelle. Explore the magnificent Dune du Pilat, Europe's highest sand dune, offering panoramic views of the ocean and forests. Venture into the Pyrenees Mountains, where picturesque valleys, pristine lakes, and snow-capped peaks beckon outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it's coastal beauty or mountain grandeur, Nouvelle-Aquitaine has it all. 3. Exquisite Gastronomy: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a paradise for food and wine lovers, celebrated for its exceptional gastronomy. The region is world-renowned for its vineyards, producing prestigious wines like Bordeaux, Cognac, and Bergerac. Embark on wine tours and tastings to discover the rich flavors and refined craftsmanship behind these world-class wines. Indulge in the diverse culinary offerings, from succulent oysters and seafood along the coast to hearty dishes like confit de canard (duck confit) in the countryside. Nouvelle-Aquitaine's gastronomic delights are sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates. 4. Cultural Festivals and Events: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a region vibrant with cultural festivals and events throughout the year. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Bordeaux Wine Festival, a major gathering celebrating the region's world-class wines. Join the Festival of Saintes, dedicated to classical music, or the Féria de Bayonne, a colorful Basque festival filled with music, dancing, and traditional sports. From jazz festivals to street performances, Nouvelle-Aquitaine offers a diverse cultural calendar that showcases its artistic soul.
  • Where is Nouvelle Aquitaine?

    Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a sprawling and diverse region located in southwestern France. Stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Pyrenees Mountains, this vast territory encompasses a rich tapestry of landscapes, cultural heritage, and natural wonders. From vibrant cities to charming rural villages, Nouvelle-Aquitaine offers a wealth of attractions and experiences for travelers seeking a multifaceted journey. If you're curious about the location of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and interested in exploring this captivating region, let's delve into the details and discover its allure. 1. Geographical Location of Nouvelle-Aquitaine: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is situated in southwestern France and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The region spans over 84,000 square kilometers, making it the largest region in France. It encompasses a wide range of geographical features, including sandy beaches along the coastline, lush valleys, rolling vineyards, and mountainous terrain in the Pyrenees. Its strategic location provides easy access to neighboring regions and countries. 2. Explore Vibrant Cities: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is home to several vibrant and culturally rich cities. Bordeaux, the regional capital, is renowned for its elegant architecture, world-class wine, and vibrant culinary scene. The historic city of Poitiers boasts fascinating medieval architecture and a rich history. The coastal city of La Rochelle offers a blend of maritime heritage, charming streets, and vibrant waterfront ambiance. Explore these cities to experience their unique charm, cultural events, museums, and lively markets. 3. Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventures: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is blessed with diverse natural landscapes, providing ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The region encompasses the stunning Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe, where visitors can climb and enjoy breathtaking views. The Pyrenees Mountains offer opportunities for hiking, skiing, and mountaineering. Explore the picturesque valleys, lakes, and forests of the Limousin region. Discover the beauty of the Périgord region, famous for its prehistoric caves and charming countryside. 4. Rich Cultural Heritage: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is steeped in history and boasts a rich cultural heritage. Explore the UNESCO-listed Saint-Émilion village, famous for its vineyards and medieval architecture. Visit the historic city of Poitiers, known for its well-preserved Romanesque churches and ancient ruins. Discover the Lascaux Caves, home to stunning prehistoric cave paintings. Immerse yourself in the Basque culture in the Pyrenees region, known for its distinctive traditions, language, and cuisine. 5. Gastronomy and Wine: Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a paradise for food and wine lovers. The region boasts renowned vineyards producing world-class wines, including Bordeaux, Cognac, and Bergerac. Visitors can enjoy the region's beautiful beaches, go skiing in the Pyrenees, explore medieval castles, or indulge in the world-renowned food and wine culture.
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