Walking Holidays in Aquitaine
Set in south-west France, with 240 kilometres of sandy coastline and the Pyrenees mountain range marking the border with Spain, the region of Aquitaine is a destination that, without cliché, offers something for everyone. For able hikers and those looking to explore the region on foot, the combination of soaring peaks, sandy beaches, and rolling countryside provides endless opportunities for discovery. Regardless of age or ability, a walking holiday in Aquitaine promises much, and delivers more.
Head into wine country
When it comes to wine, there are few names as synonymous with viticulture as Bordeaux. The prestigious vineyards found across the region have earned it the moniker ‘The Pearl of Aquitaine’ and offer walking enthusiasts boundless treaures to discover. Of course, there is much more to Bordeaux than the multitude of iconic wine houses; the Old Town was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status due to its magnificent, elegant architecture, and the myriad fortifications and castles can be easily explored on gentle walks through the centre of town.
Stretching over 100 km across the border of southern France and northern Spain, the scenic Pyrenees are a haven for capable walkers. Regardless of season, a walk among the foothills or scaling the peaks guarantees vistas that will inspire: colourful fauna, rugged landscapes, and clear blue skies all combine to create an area that is at once imposing and serene.
The entire Aquitaine province can be explored on foot and offers much to see and do. Should the wine country or the mountains not appeal, the long stretches of sandy beach will almost certainly accommodate the needs of travellers in search of gentler walks.