Exploring, Hidden Paradises in Nouvelle-aquitaine
Explore New Aquitaine! France’s largest region offers medieval villages and prehistoric art, breathtaking castles and the great outdoors; vibrant cities and world-famous artisans; cycling paths and surfing
From long stretches of coastline and pine Forests, to rivers that meander through verdant Forests
and medieval castles, New Aquitaine covers much of South West of France and offers astonishing diversity. Explore the work of world famous artisans at Limoges and Aubusson, the medieval frescos of Abbaye de Saint-savin, or take a great leap back in time, and visit the prehistoric art around Les Eyzies in the Dordogne.
Feel like cycling? Head to Ile de Ré and neighboring islands Ile d’aix and Ile d’oléron. Each island has its own character and history, but all three offer gentle cycling, superb vistas and a fresh Atlantic breeze. The region is also terrific for watersports, particularly surfing on the coast and paddling on the rivers and canals. In the Marais Poitevin — the Green Venice — explore the tree-lined canals, meadows and fens of France’s second largest wetland. On the Vézère, paddle past picturesque villages and Cro-magnon cliff dwellings. On the Dordogne River, you’ll pass imposing château-fortresses.