The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in the southwest of France is characterised by an outstanding variety as a first choice holiday destination. Here you'll find wine, cheese, castles, gardens, rivers and the Atlantic Ocean with wide beaches for those who don't care about the sea.
Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz
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The Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the largest administrative region in France and extends over the west and southwest of the mainland. The region was created by the territorial reform of the French regions in 2014 by merging three regions: Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes.
Between the Basque coast at the foot of the Pyrenees and the Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park are cities with a long history: Bordeaux, regional capital and wine metropolis; Poitiers, the Romanesque "city of 100 towers"; Limoges, historic center of ceramics, enamel and porcelain production. Countless villages, bastides, fortresses and castles accompany us on our way over endless hills, into the forests of the Landes department, through graceful vineyards and rugged rocks to the Atlantic Ocean.
Between La Rochelle and Hendaye are the islands of Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron, fine sandy beaches along the 720 kilometers of coastline with bathing and spa resorts. Lacanau, Hossegor or Biarritz are the preferred places for surfing in the Atlantic Ocean or kite surfing over the fresh water lakes of the region.
We discover the valley of the Dordogne in the southwest of France This valley, rich in history, is a truly exceptional vacation destination. Like a history book, the light-colored rocks of the Périgord take us back in time: between elaborate caves, villages and castles, we will learn about the people of prehistory, knights from the Middle Ages and the flourishing of the arts in the Renaissance. The "Périgord Noir" is famous for foie gras pâté, duck breast and truffles. Ideal to enjoy the French way of life. Here we start our visits to the region.