5 things to do in the Aquitaine region (France)
In our post today, one of our traveler fellows, Javi, tells us about his experience visiting the southwest of France and he recommends 5 things to do in the historic region of Aquitaine.
I didn’t know very well where to go during my summer holidays, places with many people, very expensive places, heat,... But I decided to try and check if those good comments I had heard about it where true. That’s teh reason I spent my holidays in the region of New Aquitaine in France. New Aquitaine is located in the southwest of France whose capital is Bordeaux. Well, here is my personal recommendation in case you decide to visit this Gallic region.
1. Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine
Only 1 hour and a quarter from Alicante airport (a few minutes or so from other airports in Spain) is Bordeaux, the capital of the Aquitaine region. The essentials of Bordeaux: Lose yourself among its narrow streets full of bars, take a stroll along the Garonne river (river along which the city grew), visit its monuments such as the Cathedral of Bordeaux, the Place de la Bourse or the Place de Quinconces and have a good Bordeaux wine in one of its charming terraces.
2. Dunes of Pilat
About 70 kilometers southwest of Bordeaux is this wonder of nature that is one of the most visited natural areas in France. You cannot leave without seeing the Dunes of Pilat. What's more, I think that once in a lifetime everyone should go see this beauty. On one side is the Atlantic Ocean, on the other a natural site and, in the middle, these dunes more than 100 meters high and more than 3 kilometers long.
3. La Roque-Gageac and Sarlat
Just over 200 km east of Bordeaux are these two charming medieval villages in the Dordogne River basin. They are two towns with streets and stone houses very well maintained that are the great tourist attraction of the area. La Roque-Gegeac is well known for its canoe trips on the Dordogne River and Sarlat has one of the most picturesque historical centers in France as you can see in the Place de la Liberté. The kilometers of round trip are compensated with these two places and allow you to know the landscapes of the region.
4. Beaches and wind
Near the Dunes of Pilat begin the vast beaches of Aquitaine where you can practice surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing or any other activity that requires wind. This characteristic turns these beaches into leisure and sports areas. You can also see the WWII bunkers in Soulac-sur-Mer. They are beaches with a long history, now clean and fine like few in the world.
5. Bordeaux wine
Even if you are not a wine lover, as is my case, it is always interesting to visit the wineries where this worldwide famous wine, Bordeaux, is made. E.g., at the Château Sainte Barbe, about 20 kilometers north of Bordeaux, you can take a view that goes through the vineyards to see the method of growing the grapes, passes through the cellar and ends in the tasting room where their wines are tasted. Tasting some of its varieties will remain on the palate and in your mind forever.
We hope these recommendations will help you if you have the city of Bordeaux and its surroundings on your list of upcoming destinations.
May 4, 2020