The largest of the 18 different administrative regions of France, Nouvelle Aquitaine was formed when the three sub-regions of Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes and Limousin merged together. The area has a great reputation for research and innovation with several vibrant university cities within its borders including La Rochelle, Pau and Bordeaux. The region of the South West of France employs more people in the tourism and leisure industries than any other. It is easy to understand why thanks to our hoteliers’ travel guide on attractions and things to do. Live unique and unforgettable experiences during your holidays in Nouvelle Aquitaine.
Transports in Nouvelle Aquitaine
Getting around in Nouvelle Aquitaine once you have arrived is relatively easy. Fast train services connect all of the major cities, including Bordeaux, Pau, Bayonne, and Poitiers. Bordeaux has a handy ring road if you want to get past it and on to another destination rather than visit it. The Chavanon Viaduct in Corrèze is a spectacular road bridge on the A89. Seagoing travel can be arranged from La Rochelle, Verdon-sur-Mer, Pauillac and Bordeaux.
WHEN TO GO TO NOUVELLE AQUITAINE ?
The number of sunshine hours in Nouvelle Aquitaine is comparable with Mediterranean regions so coming in summer means you are likely to enjoy good weather. Anywhere in the Basque country enjoys warmer than average winters, too. The Pau Valley is known to have its own microclimate which means springs and autumns see lots of sun but also a higher than average amount of precipitation at these times. The Bordeaux Wine Festival is a good time to come to the area. It is held in June each year. In August, the town of Dax holds its annual Feria, another busy but enjoyable time to arrive.
A large region, there is no end to the possible activities you can do in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Located in South West France, the region is diverse and please every type of travelers: nature lovers, trendy cities, amazing beaches… Nouvelle-Aquitaine has it all! Our hoteliers are the expert – follow their suggestions on what to visit, do and taste!
There is a great karting facility in the town of Bergerac where both kids and adults will be thoroughly entertained.f
The coastal city of La Rochelle has plenty of waterborne activities to take part in. Anything from yachting to sea fishing is possible or how about a boat trip to the famous Fort Boyard which stands out at sea?
LE VIGNOBLE BORDELAIS
Le plus prestigieux vignoble du monde se visite en voiture, à vélo grâce à de nombreuses pistes cyclables ou à pied lors de promenades ou de randonnées dans les vignes des domaines. Parmi les incontournables : Saint-Émilion pour son vin, mais aussi pour ses beautés souterraines (grotte, catacombes, église…) ; la Cité du Vin à Bordeaux : équipement culturel inédit dédié au vin comme patrimoine culturel, universel et vivant. Classé 7e meilleur musée au monde par le National Geographic !
The city of Poitiers has plenty of gardens and castles but it is also a centre for the escape room puzzle games phenomenon with several different operators offering this experience.
La Table des Frères IbarboureC’est une histoire de famille portée par la 3e génération. Xabi côté « salé », Patrice côté « sucré ». Fidèles aux saveurs de leur région basque, les deux frères proposent une cuisine originale et technique. Parmi les spécialités de ce restaurant de Bidart, 1 étoile Michelin : la dégustation de grands crus de chocolat.
Valérie Sieurac Gastronomie
Located on Rue Félix Aunac in Agen, not far from the banks of the mighty Garonne River, the upmarket restaurant of Valerie Sieurac Gastronomie plies its trade. Superb dishes and an excellent cellar make this a food lovers paradise and the great thing is that it is only one restaurant of many in the region which serves fantastic regional food.