France's largest region, New Aquitaine, lies in the South West and is a nature lover's destination par excellence. It boasts a variety of landscapes, moods and settings, from coastal to rural to mountainous, along with a clement climate year-round. The off-seasons are mild and sunny, ideal for nourishing needs for adventure, freedom and relaxation.
Four reasons to visit New Aquitaine
- Wide, open spaces where nature rules, with a variety of environments to explore: 720 km of coastline, with some of the Atlantic's prettiest beaches (Lacanau, Hossegor, La Palmyre...); paradise islands (Ré, Oléron, Aix and Madame); well-known seaside resorts (Arcachon, Royan, Biarritz...); five Natural Parks with unique sites like the Great Dunes of Pilat, Europe's largest fine sandy beach, the Dordogne Valley, and more...
- 100% outdoor activities: on foot or horseback, by bike, boat or canoe. There are secret gardens for hikers, terrific terrain for cyclists with bike paths, sign-posted mountain bike trails, long-distance cycling circuits (La Vélodyssée®, La Scandibérique, Le Canal des 2 Mers, la Véloroute de la Vallée du Lot, La Vélo Francette®...). From the Basque coast to La Rochelle, and via Ré or Oléron Islands, this region (known in French as the Glissicon Valley) is the perfect playground for water sports enthusiasts.
- A large variety of quality accommodation, all in enchanting natural settings.
- A unique historical heritage, with the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France.