The region of Aquitaine is situated in France's south-western corner. With a long coastline to the Atlantic Ocean on the Bay of Biscay, it stretches down to meet at a border with Spain on the Pyrenees Mountains With a clement all-year-round climate and a wealth of activities to choose from, there is always something to do for the holidaymaker staying in gites in Aquitaine.
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat, on the coast near Arcachon Bay, is the largest dune in Europe. Although the climb to the top is not for the fainthearted, it is known for its breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, particularly at dusk.
Vignerons de la Rote des vins en Jurançon
Running from September until December, this three-month-long festival of tastings, exhibitions and concerts has been running for the last 17 years within the Jurançon Wine Region.
Walking holidays in Lot-et-Garonne
There are more than three hundred and 50 hiking routes to be explored in the Lot-et-Garonne region plus an extensive network of cycle and bridle paths for the enthusiast.
Périgueux, the small regional capital of the Dordogne region, is known for the fine quality of its local produce, which can be sampled in the many open markets in the city - Cabécou (goats cheese), chestnuts, figs, penny bun mushrooms, quinces, and walnuts are particualrly worth hunting out in the Cathedral Square Market on most days.
The Miroir d'eau Bordeaux
Opposite the Place de la Bourse in Bordeux is the Moroir d'eau. A fantastic water feature, it includes cold misting sprays, energetically squirting fountains and a shallow expanse of water for children of all ages to cool down in. A must after a day's sightseeing in the historic town.
Chateau de Commarque
This spectacular fortified medieval ruin, occupying a hilltop near Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil also features ancient caves, which date back more than 13,000 years. With a breathtaking views from the highest tower, it is easy to imagine the knights of old looking out over the land.
Canoeing the Dorgogne River
Perhaps the best way of exploring everything the Dordogne has to offer with many companies providing both canoe hire together with the offer to draw up an itinerary for you from their own local knowledge. Taking it at your own pace, there are beaches, tiny villages, caves and castles and much, much more to explore.