Best things to do in Aquitaine and France’s Basque region

 

Aquitaine and France’s Basque region ticks all the boxes for a quintessential French experience: food, wine, art, history and good weather.

France’s Nouvelle Aquitaine region is a generous scoop of land the size of Austria that runs along the south-west coast and furrows into the centre of the country. Consequently, it covers a vast and varied chunk of France with the landscapes, climates and cultural quirks that go with it. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and a scattering of little islands to the west, the Pyrenees mountains to the south, and forests and rural villages to the east, it has a sunny climate and a host of different vibes.

The Aquitaine region starts in the middle of the Atlantic coast at La Rochelle before entering Basque Country further south which has a strong prehistoric history and a proud cultural identity. It’s a vibrant mix of Spanish influence where food, tradition and colours are held in high regard. Snow-capped mountains, surf spots and vineyards vie for attention and there’s always something going on !

 

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About the Region

About the Region

Aquitaine and the Basque Country has a wealth of rugged landscapes, character-packed towns and lively seaside resorts

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Food and Drink in Aquitaine and the Basque Country

Food and Drink in Aquitaine and the Basque Country

As mentioned above, Bayonne has two delicious specialities; it is famous the world over for its cured ham, but the fact that it is the cradle of French chocolate-making is a better kept secret.

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Best things to do in

Best things to do in

Arcachon Bay is home to the tallest sand dune in Europe which is 106 metres high and 3 kilometres long.

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What's On in Aquitaine and the Basque country - Dates for the Diary

What's On in Aquitaine and the Basque country - Dates for the Diary

La Rochelle hosts the Grand Pavois boat show every autumn which attracts 100,000 visitors and 750 boats.

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Good to know

Good to know

The Basque Country crosses the border – one side is in Spain, the other in France.

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