Why Aquitaine?

Long, warm summers, uncrowded beaches, superb food & wine, endless family-friendly activities – we think Aquitaine is a fabulous holiday destination. Our clients agree – Destination Aquitaine gets an amazing 100% client satisfaction rating!

What makes it so good? Maybe it’s because:

1. there are so many ways to get there; by plane, train, ferry or car.

2. Aquitaine is home to fabulous seaside towns such as BiarritzArcachonCap Ferret & Hossegor and the fabulous Ile de Ré too

2. it basks in long, comfortably hot and sunny summers, which are less scorching than the Mediterranean South of France (see more Aquitaine weather)

3. the longest stretch of sandy coastline in Europe, the Côte d’Argent – 250km of sand, dunes, and pine forest - defines the western edge of Aquitaine

4. there are medieval villages and hill-top towns, châteaux, museums, markets and regular festivals.

5. it offers an amazing variety of activities such as golfsurfing, cycling, sailing, to name but a few.

6. some of the world’s most famous wines - such as Médoc, St Emilion, Pomerol and Sauternes - are from Aquitaine

7. it is home to Western Europe's largest forest and over 30 freshwater lakes for natural tranquility and gourmet picnics.

8. the French Basque Country forms part of Aquitaine, an ancient land with its own language, culture, sports, festivals, architecture.

9. Aquitaine's regional cuisine is noted even in France for its variety, from foie gras to oysters and the Spanish-influenced pintxos (tapas).

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If you need any other reasons to visit, look at our round up of some of the top events in Aquitaine this summer and autumn.  Aquitaine is hosting a fabulously diverse range of events in 2018, from the international spectacle of the Pau Grand Prix to the quirky and resolutely local Espelette Pepper Festival.

We have some great accommodation which will enable you to be perfectly-placed to make the most of these exciting events;

Pau Grand Prix 26th May - 2nd June 2020

Wheels & Waves Bikes and Surf Festival, Biarritz 10th - 14th June 2020

The Biarritz Golf Cup 9th - 12th July 2020

Bayonne Cultural Festival 29th July - 2nd August 2020 and other Basque Country festivals in 2020

Marathon du Medoc 12th September 2020

Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Surf, Hossegor 1st - 11th October 2020

Espelette Pepper Festival  30th - 31st October 2020

Aquitaine is easily accessible from the UK and Ireland with travel options including flights, ferries, trains and by car.


There are flights from airports across the UK & Ireland to Aquitaine with frequency of services increasing during the summer months.  The main Aquitaine airport destinations for flights from the UK & Ireland are: Bergerac, Biarritz, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Pau, San Sebastian and Toulouse.

The carriers with most frequent services to the region are Easyjet and Ryanair but there are also other airlines serving this area including British Airways and Aer Lingus.

If you are looking to book flights to Aquitaine we recommend using Skyscanner for up to date flight information and competitive prices.

By ferry;

There are a number of ferry operators including DFDS, P&O and Brittany Ferries who provide cross-Channel services to France from a variety of UK and Irish ports.

Alternatively, a relaxing way to arrive in Aquitaine is to take a ferry to Santander or Bilbao in Northern Spain and then make the short trip north across the border into France.

By train;

Train services have improved significantly in the last few years and it is now very easy to go by train from the UK into Europe.  There are a number of high speed options available including the TGV from Paris to Bordeaux which only takes two hours.  Trainline is a great source of information on routes and timetables.

Aquitaine is often a destination that is recommended by the travel press:

Little London, March 2020
Six Reasons to Visit Ile de Ré for a Family Holiday

The Guardian Travel, February 2020
Five Lesser-Known Holiday Destinations in France - St Jean de Luz

The Guardian Travel, June 2018
The Locals' Guide to Bordeaux

The Sunday Times, May 2016
The Big Weekend, Biarritz

Telegraph Travel, January 2016:
San Sebastian, European city of culture 2016

Telegraph Travel, January 2016:
Guéthary one of the best hidden seaside resorts in Europe

Telegraph Travel, December 2015:
St Jean de Luz one of the best toddler-friendly beach holidays in Europe 

The New York Times Travel, July 2015:
Cycling along Arcachon Bay

Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice, July 2014:
Biarritz Beach Voted Best In France

Daily Telegraph, January 2014:
St Jean de Luz Ideal Family Resort

Sunday Times, January 2014:
Cap Ferret – More Style & Taste Than Cap Ferrat

Sunday Times, July 2013:
Basque Country – Spectacular Ocean Roads In Europe

Sunday Times, March 2013:
Aquitaine Number One In France - Six Hush-Hush Beaches in Europe

Mail Online, July 2012:
Sand dunes, cycle trails and scrummy seafood in Cap Ferret

Guardian, March 2012:
Where Do The French Go To Unwind – Aquitaine Of Course!

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