Enjoying an immense diversity of scenery, traditions and cuisine, Aquitaine is proof that variety is the spice of life. From the beaches of the Atlantic coast to the old-style grandeur of Bordeaux to the sunflower fields of Lot, it’s a region that continually surprises and enchants.
Its history is bound to Britain’s through the marriage of Henry II to Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Europe during the Middle Ages. This link, coupled with the lure of the region’s prestigious wines, makes it an intriguing place to explore. The vineyards and their châteaux, stately in their magnificence, dominate the northwest around the Garonne river and provide lovely scenery for a day’s walking or cycling, punctuated of course by the odd tasting. In contrast, the sea and sands of the Landes have a laid back feel that secures their popularity with surfers and sunseekers from all over Europe. Foodies will love the variety too, from fattened duck in the south to oysters on the coast and escargots in the north.
With so much to explore, visitors to Aquitaine can become effortlessly immersed in its charms, and there’s no better way to do so than on foot or by bike.