Bordeaux & Aquitaine

If you’re into history, amongst the many chateaux and fortresses of the region, don’t miss the 17th century Fortifications of Vauban, or, going further back in time, explore the prehistoric sites and decorated caves of the Vézère Valley. There is also Roquetaillade Castle,  Villandraut castle, Chateau de Malle, Castle and Garden of Losse and Chateau de Curton.The small market town of Lourdes in the foothills of the Pyrenees is famous for its healing waters, and welcomes around 5 million Catholic pilgrims every year to the site where Our Lady of Lourdes is said to have appeared.

Bordeaux, the capital of the region and offers a magnificent cultural and architectural heritage: around half of the city is listed as a Unesco world heritage site, including the Port of the Moon, which sits on the crescent shaped bend in the Garonne river. Visit the numerous historical towns, villages including Bazas, Cadillac, Saint Emilion, Uzeste.

The region also has 150 miles of continuous sandy beach between the Gironde and the Pyrenees host a lot of important beach resorts including Soulac, Lacanau, Aecachon, San Jean de Luz and Biarritz.It is also an ideal region for family-friendly nature areas including Euronat, La Jenny and Arnautchot.