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Nouvelle Aquitaine

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

by Bert Schwarz

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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Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Dordogne
Bergerac
In the city the walls are old but the people young.
Château de Beynac
Discover history in one of the most authentic medieval fortresses.
Château de Castelnaud
The oldest documents mention the castle in the 13th century, where it played a role in the Albigensian crusade.
Château des Milandes
Home of Josephine Baker.
Château-Court-les-Mûts
Top wines from Purple Périgord.
Domain de Barbe
Fois Gras, regional culinary delight known beyond borders.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac
The cave is called Crystal Cathedral because of its huge underground vault.
Grotte de Tourtoirac
The cave is called the geological pearl of the Périgord.
Hôtel de Dieu
in Hautefort houses a remarkable collection of medical equipment.
La ferme de la Brunie
Milk and cheese production where the needs of the animals is not forgotten.
La Gare - Espace Robert Doisneau
presents an outstanding collection of the photographic art of Robert Doisneau.
La Roque de St. Christophe
A limestone rock inhabited for 55,000 years.
Lascaux II
Palaeolithic cave paintings: Works by unknown artists who worked here up to 20,000 years ago.
Musée National de Préhistoire
The museum contains exceptional collections of human history dating back over 400,000 years.
Périgueux
is situated on the banks of the River Isle, where Gauls originally settled.
Sarlat-la-Canéda
is the cultural and culinary epicenter of the Dordogne.
Vélorail du Périgord Vert
It's like pedal boat riding ... but on rails.
© Bert 
                    Schwarz

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.

Departements of Nouvelle Aquitaine

Charente

Charente-Maritime

Corrèze

Creuse

Gironde

Landes

Lot-et-Garonne

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Deux-Sèvres

Vienne

Haute-Vienne