Nouvelle Aquitaine in South West France, is as diverse as it is surprising! No matter what type of holiday you are looking for, we have THE destination for you. Nature, the great outdoors, dynamic cities, fabulous beaches… Why choose? Nouvelle Aquitaine has it all, and so much more!
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Truffle week-end in the “Périgord Noir”
In the heart of the Perigord Noir, truffle enthusiasts, Nadine & Eric, will help you to discover, hunt and cook truffles. You will stay in a typical Perigord house. Visit the Perigueux or Sarlat market, a local farm and finally you will enjoy gourmet truffle based meals.
The Pilat Dune
Climb up the tallest dune in Europe to admire panoramic views of Arcachon Bay.110 meters high, 3 km long. Mainly known for its rare dimensions, the Pilat Dune is also famous for its beauty and diversity. On summer nights, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset.
Musée des arts du Cognac
Since the 19th century, techniques and the “savoir-faire” have evolved around the eau-de-vie and made Cognac famous worldwide. By means of modern, interactive presentations, multimedia, sound effects and smells, visitors will now learn to understand the history of the eau-de-vie, its production and indeed the town of Cognac itself.
JL Coquet Porcelain
In Saint-Léonard de Noblat, a few kilometres from Limoges on the banks of the River Vienne, the J.L. Coquet factory has been designing and making the purest of porcelains since 1824. Visit the workshop and witness the manufacturing processes: paste, moulds, casting and decoration
Garorock is one of the leading French rock festivals. The 3 day festival greets over 80.000 revellers and “Le Garo” has become the place to be for renowned names but also to discover the bands of tomorrow. Kids are welcome too! They have their very own Garokids festival.
NEED TO KNOW
How to get there: By plane: 7 airports with direct flights from the UK to Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bergerac, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Limoges, La Rochelle and Poitiers.
By train: TGV from Paris to Poitiers, La Rochelle, Bordeaux (in 2 hrs), Bayonne, Biarritz.
A LOCAL’S TOP TIP
720 kms of coasts, Europe’s largest fine sandy beach, a million hectares of forests, 4 Nature parks – When you think ‘space’, think Nouvelle Aquitaine !
FOR THE DIARY
Musée de la mer et de la marine – Bordeaux’s sea and marine museum will open in the spring of 2018 near the Cité du Vin. Its two great themes : maritime history and boats – June 15th 2018 www.museedelamerbordeaux.fr
The Cité de la Tapisserie weaves Tolkien -The “Cité internationale de la tapisserie” tapestry venue has signed an agreement with the Tolkien Estate, to weave an exclusive series of 13 tapestries and a rug in Aubusson over the next four years, based on original works by J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) – April, 2018 http://www.cite-tapisserie.fr/fr/node/754
Futuroscope thrills – 2018 will be a thrilling year at Futuroscope, thanks to virtual reality races with French race-car driver Sébastien Loeb, and the making of a film about French astronaut, Thomas Pesquet – Throughout 2018 https://en.futuroscope.com
Hotel Chais Monnet 5* a luxury resort in Cognac – The hotel will be opening in July, 2018. Its facilities will include 92 luxury rooms and suites, 14 contemporary chic and sophisticated apartments, a gourmet restaurant, a jazz bar and lounge, a large conference room, meeting rooms, a swimming pool and spa – July 2018 http://chaismonnethotel.com
Terra Aventura – Players are invited to choose from over 300 fun itineraries to explore Nouvelle Aquitaine’s most unusual sites and back roads – Throughout 2018 https://www.terra-aventura.fr/?langcode=enGarorock-®Laclefprod