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

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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.

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Saint-martin-de-ré, Char­ente-mar­itime.

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