Beautiful coastline, stately chateaux and legendary wines
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.
7 Matching Holidays
Nantes to La Rochelle: La Vélodyssée
Cycle along the Atlantic Coast past stunning beaches,wetlands, pine forests and pretty villages
Enjoy the sea breeze as you cycle along this section of the Velodyssée, taking in the scent of the pine forests, the Breton wetlands, colourful ports and fishing villages, ending up in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle.
La Rochelle to Bordeaux: La Vélodyssée
Cycle from La Rochelle along the Atlantic Coast, through wetlands, pretty seaside villages and pine forests through to the Médoc Vineyards
Need a breath of sea air? This cycle trip has all you are looking for: adventure, the open sea, and a sense of exhilaration. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, you will follow the Vélodyssée cycle route along the Atlantic...
Bordeaux to Biarritz: La Vélodyssée
Explore changing landscapes along the longest cycling track in Europe
Enjoy the wonderful tranquillity of the Atlantic Coast as you cycle on this section of the longest cycling track in Europe, from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux to the glittering seaside town of Biarritz. Travel through vast...
Ride in the valley of the River Dronne
Cycle from the Charente to the Dordogne
Easy cycling along river valleys, two nights in each location and longer routes available. Start at one of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ Aubeterre-sur-Dronne; famous for its subterranean monolithic church. This stunning route runs...
Coast & Basque Mountains
From glitzy Biarritz to the vast Pyrenées, discover a flavour of Spain in France
Explore the cultural richness and dynamism of the Basque Country, with its coastal scenery, historical villages and excellent cuisine. Discovering Hondarribia is a real pleasure, with its walled old town packed with stately buildings and...
Grands Vins de Bordeaux
A must for wine lovers
A leisurely walk through the prestigious vineyards acquaints you with the reds of St Emilion, the dry whites of Entre-Deux-Mers and the sweet Sauternes. Plenty of tasting opportunities are available en route and there’s even a chance...
Luxury Grand Cru Tour
Cycle through Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards
This prestige cycle tour is for those who appreciate Bordeaux’s supremacy as the wine cellar of France. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines. Your stay...