Monday, 30 November 2015

The best kept secret in France- the Aquitaine Region in the South West corner of France

Not too long ago, one of our clients made the comment that the Aquitaine is one of the best kept secrets of France. Only for some though, for centuries the Europeans have been visiting this region and it has only been lately that North Americans are beginning to discover it.

The Aquitaine Region has had a turbulent history leaving the region a rich architectural and cultural heritage. From the M├ędoc to the Pyrenees, the southwest region of France boasts one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe. The Atlantic and the Pyrenees form natural borders for this interesting region, while the rest is made up of the rivers and valleys of the Dordogne. These natural borders have allowed the region to retain its traditional qualities. It is far from provincial here though, for the region boasts its own style and sophistication.

The Aquitaine is the south of France at its best. A region full of beauty, wide open spaces, sports and activities, heritage, interesting towns and cities, sumptuous wines and gastronomy, events and festivals and much more welcome the visitor.

Whatever your interest, the Acquitaine has diverse activities, whether your interests are as an historian exploring the famous prehistoric caves of Lascaux, or medieval towns from the 100 Years War. The charming towns of Sarlat and Domme possess the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France. Protected by law, the buildings form an open-air museum. As well, Sarlat, is famous for having one of the best markets in France.

The Caves de Lascaux can be found in this region, the most famous of the prehistoric sites.

Gastomics discover wonderful wineries and sophisticated bistros. Food lovers will enjoy the culinary specialties of the region – fois gras, truffles, fresh salads dressed with walnut oil and duck prepared a dozen ways. Wine connoisseurs have reached heaven. The vine has always taken pride of place creating a breathless landscape from Bordeau to Bergerac.

For the sport person, the French call their southwestern coast the Cote d’Agent because of the pristine beaches. Gleaming white beaches stretch for miles, perfect for surfing. As well, the finest golf courses are found in this region, having more than 50 to choose from. Pilgrim paths to Santigo de Compostela dating from the Middle Ages include age-old towns, villages and magnificent landscapes for you to hike and explore.

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