Tourism in Aquitaine: good plans (advice, travel)
Aquitaine, nestled between the mountains and the sea, is full of tourist gems. From the delights of the table in Bordeaux, to the wild nature of the Arcachon basin and the authenticity of the Basque coast, you will always find what you need in Aquitaine.
Bordeaux and the Wine Route
“Bordeaux is classic, bourgeois, and cushy”, only clichés! Bordeaux has changed a lot in the last few years. The quays have been redone and have become a beautiful promenade, nothing to do with the Parisian quays on Sunday, for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers? It is a real lung, in the heart of the largest city in Aquitaine. The city council has obliged the owners to renovate the facades, which has enhanced the exceptional heritage of the city (classified as a UNESCO world heritage site a few years ago).
Bordeaux is beautiful, but it is also greedy! Eat Baillardran cannelés, have lunch at La Tupina. It’s a treat, quite simply, all accompanied by a good glass of Bordeaux. As for the wine, you have the embarrassment of choice, Médoc, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux, all of which are more famous than the others, and which can only make you want to go there. Visit absolutely, the village of Saint-Emilion, and taste, with moderation!
The basin of Arcachon
Formerly called “the small sea” (150km² of water at high tide), it is the favorite destination of the Bordeaux inhabitants. It is an exceptional place, which you should not miss, when you visit Aquitaine. On the sea side, the Union des Bateliers arcachonnais offers more than pleasant excursions.
On the land side, there are two unobstructed views of the basin. On one side, the Pyla dune, which is the highest sand dune in Europe and stretches for nearly 3 km, offers a double view of the basin and the Landes forest.
On the other hand, the Cap Ferret lighthouse (258 steps of happiness), which gives an impression of the end of the world, between the basin and the Atlantic Ocean. For your accommodation, you are spoilt for choice: there are gites, villas with swimming pools or simply camping (in the 33). But a piece of advice, book early, you won’t be the only ones to go there!
The Basque coast
Known and recognized, the Basque coast will not leave you indifferent. It stretches from Anglet to Muskiz, near Bilbao (in Spain). As soon as you arrive in this land, you will feel the Basque identity through its gastronomy and culture.
It is also displayed in the windows and store windows, hence the undeniable success of the “64” brand. Discover or rediscover the mythical places of this coast, such as Biarritz or Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and let your desire guide you inland, to discover new places, new sensations. Enjoy your stay in Aquitaine!