Nestled in its jewel case of vines, situated close to the forest, the ocean and the valleys of the Pyrenees, the Aquitaine lives to the rhythm of a new century without renouncing its preference for the culture, the gastronomy, the sport, the nature, and in one phrase : 'l'art de vivre', (the art of living).
Bordeaux: situated on the Garonne, prefecture of the Gironde and capital of the Aquitaine region was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, for an exceptional urban centre. The old town, situated in the south, is characterized by its narrow winding streets, and its 15th century ancient residences. It is home to a number of churches including the Cathedral St Andre consecrated in 1600. Bordeaux is in the centre of the largest vineyard of fine wines in the world: more than 120 000 hectares (300 000 acres) of an exceptional value, 57 AOC 's guaranteeing the quality of a French wine, undulating over the gentle valleys of the Medoc, Libournais, and Entre-deux-Mers. These wines are amongst the most prestigious in the world: Petrus, Yquem, Mouton Rothschild, Cheval Blanc, Haut Brion...
The Arcachon Basin: a lagoon of 155 km² open to the ocean with The Dune du Pyla which varies in height from around 104m and 2700m long. This real natural phenomenon is in constant evolution, offering an exceptional panorama on Cap Ferret and the Arcachon basin: in total contrast to the immense pine forests also so characteristic of the Aquitaine.
The town of surfing and of elegance in the Basque Country, Biarritz is one of the most well known towns in the Atlantic Pyrenees. In former times renowned for the boldness of its fishermen, the town of Biarritz is known today rather for its tourism, leisure activities, since being a privileged travel destination and resort with its beautiful beach.
The Dordogne and the Perigord with its multiple facets : small valleys, streams and rivers of the Perigord Vert, its chalky plateau, and the wide meadows of the Perigord Blanc, the preserved villages, the fortified châteaux, prehistoric sites (Lascaux and Les Eyzies) of the Perigord Noir, and the famous Vineyards of the Perigord Pourpre (purple) in the Bergerac region.