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5 Reasons Why France is the Best Low-Carbon-Footprint Holiday Destination

Gare de La Rochelle

We can all make meaningful changes that lower our individual carbon footprint. Changes both in our everyday lives and in our holiday habits...  

How to reduce plastic use on holiday

How to reduce plastic use on holiday

Awareness around sustainable travel has greatly increased over recent years and we are all continually gaining a greater understanding of the importance of being an eco-friendly and responsible traveller...

Hidden Hotspots: Alternative Destinations to Visit this Year

Biarritz France

Alternative Aquitaine selects the best alternative to ten very well-known travel destinations in Europe...

Book Smart, Spend Smart - 13 ways to make your Euro go further in France this Summer!

Saving money on your holiday in France

We’ve consulted the feedback of past clients and also recruited the help of people who live in France and who know exactly how to make their Euro stretch further...

Stress-free meals on holiday

Stress-free meals on holiday image

We are delighted to partner with two very talented local chefs (and good friends of Alternative Aquitaine!) who provide bespoke catering packages for guests renting properties in Aquitaine.

Best Food Markets SW France Coast

Best Food Markets SW France Coast

We’ve picked our five favourite markets from Biarritz to the Arcachon Bay, along with nearby places to stay...

The Basque Country – Is It Really A Country?

Basque Country flag

Justin takes a personal look at this fascinating region of Europe and considers the case for...

6 of the Best Reasons to Book Your Holiday With an Agent!

Staff photo

We are positive that there is not just a place for a booking agent in the world of travel but that booking agents provide a fundamentally important service to customers which it is impossible to automate...

Our top reasons why Biarritz is the best alternative destination for a winter break

Our top reasons why Biarritz is the best alternative destination for a winter break image

Although not an obvious destination for a winter break, the winter months, and particularly Christmas, is a delightful time of year to visit Biarritz...

October holidays : top 5 reasons to visit south west France this Autumn

October holidays south France

Looking for ideas for an October holiday? Aquitaine in south west France is the perfect destination for some Autumn sunshine, adventure, delicious food and local wine...

Where is Europe's California?

Hossegor France

You can probably think of several places where it most definitely is not - but any ideas where it could be...?

Hossegor: teenage holiday heaven!

Hossegor: teenage holiday heaven! image

Finding a holiday destination when you have teenagers in tow can be a challenge.  Hossegor is the perfect spot...

Maison Hapchot: French beach chic

Maison Hapchot: French beach chic image

The bright interior and fresh, beach-inspired decor are just perfect for a relaxed, family-friendly holiday hideaway with some stylish touches...

Top 5 Toddler-Friendly Beaches in South West France

Plage du Parc Hossegor

Warm, safe & shallow waters? Golden sands? Plenty of shade? Ice cream salon nearby? In his helpful article, Justin chooses his top 5 beaches in south west France that are perfect for young families...

Europe's 30 Hottest Villas

Alternative Aquitaine in the Sunday Times

No.1 in the list? Villa Souraide in French Basque Country! Thank you to the Sunday Times (22/3/15) for spotting it! The villa has a few weeks still available this summer. "...infinity pool, steam room, private cinema, big terraces, spectacular views and the kind of supercool, let's-be-film-stars interiors you'd expect in a property

Biarritz beach - TripAdvisor's best in France!

Biarritz beach - TripAdvisor's best in France! image

The famous Biarritz surfing beach 'Plage Cote des Basques' is the Travellers' Choice winner of 2014 on TripAdvisor. This wonderful beach claimed top spot in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in France for its "breathtaking views and its really beautiful sunsets". 

Cap Ferret vs Cap Ferrat

Brasserie Cap Ferret

Enjoyed this witty and informative article in the Sunday Times, written by Anthony Peregrine. Particularly enjoyed the quiz! Oh, and the winner of this contest? Aquitaine's Cap Ferret bien sur! It's A-list France, minus the attitude, says Anthony Peregrine

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