Aquitaine places to visit and attractions

Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure

photo of Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure

The ruins of the Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure contain some very impressive examples of roman style architecture such as carved capital stones

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photo of Agen

The principal town in Lot-et-Garonne, Agen is pleasant to explore if not a 'tourist town'

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photo of Ainhoa

Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

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photo of Allemans-du-Dropt

Although small, Allemans-du-Dropt has a few monuments of interest of which our favourite is the church with its medieval frescoes.

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photo of Andernos-les-Bains

Andernos-les-Bains is a pleasant seaside town on the Bassin d'Arcachon in SW France.

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photo of Anglet

Anglet, close to Biarritz, is also a good place to enjoy some of the most southern beaches of the French Atlantic coast

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photo of Arcachon

Arcachon is one of our favourite seaside resorts in France and has lots to explore. Recommended!

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Arcachon Ville d'Automne

photo of Arcachon Ville d'Automne

The Ville d'Automne is the eastern part of Arcachon, around the port area and including the beaches of Eyrac and Aiguillon

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Arcachon Ville d'Eté

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Arcachon's 'summer town' is a very attractive sea side town next to long sandy beaches

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Arcachon Ville d'Hiver

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Visit the beautiful villas in the Ville d'Hiver of Arcachon.

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Arcachon Zoo

photo of Arcachon Zoo

Arcachon zoo is home to over 800 animals including rhino, elephants and tigers.

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photo of Barbaste

In the center of Barbaste you can see a 13th century fortified mill and a 12th century bridge

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photo of Bayonne

Bayonne is oten neglected because of famous neighbour Biarritz, but is well worth exploring!

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photo of Beaumont-du-Perigord

The traditional bastide town of Beaumont-du-Perigord is an interesting contrast to the nearby village of Monpazier

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photo of Beauville

Beauville is one of several very small but pretty villages in the heart of the countryside

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photo of Belves

Belves is one of the liveliest and most attractive small towns in the Dordogne and has several historic monumnts of interest

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photo of Bergerac

Bergerac is a substantial town on the banks of the river and with an extensive medieval old town. One of our favourite towns!

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photo of Beynac

One of the most beautiful villages in France and also with stunning views and on of the most impressive Dordogne castles, Beynac is unmissable when you visit

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photo of Biarritz

The 19th century architecture and lovely beach and coast combine to make Biarritz a very popular destination

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photo of Biron

Biron is a picturesque village with an ancient church and an imposing castle, and far-reaching views

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photo of Biscarrosse

A small and modern sea resort Biscarrosse is also one of the liveliest and most popular in the region

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photo of Blaye

The town of Blaye is well known because of the extensive citadel and fortifications built here by Vauban in the 18th century

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photo of Bordeaux

Bordeaux is an unmissable town, one of the most lively and interesting in France and with lots to see and museums to visit...

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Bordeaux Waterfront

photo of Bordeaux Waterfront

The waterfront in Bordeaux is among the highlights of a visit to this lovely city

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photo of Bordeaux-Chartrons

Chartrons is an attractive quarter of Bordeaux

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photo of Bourdeilles

Close to Brantome, the Chateau de Bourdeilles is quite modest compared with some in the region but a visit is still recommended

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photo of Brantome

In an idyllic setting on the Isle River and with an imposing abbey, Brantome is a very enjoyable town to explore

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Cabanes du Breuil

photo of Cabanes du Breuil

The Cabanes du Breuil are ancient farm buildings made from dry stone in the heart of the Dordogne

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photo of Cadouin

Cadouin is a small village best known for its medieval abbey, an important pilgrimage destination

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photo of Cambo-les-Bains

Cambo-les-Bains is a small pleasant town, best known for its thermal waters and the gardens of the Villa Arnaga

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Cap Ferret

photo of Cap Ferret

At the south-west of the Medoc peninsula, Cap Ferret is quite an upmarket resort with several places of interest nearby

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photo of Capbreton

Capbreton is a popular resort and beach that also has a traditionl harbour

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photo of Carcans

Although small, Carcans-Plage is one of our favourite beach resorts in the Medoc

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photo of Casteljaloux

Towards the south of Lot-et-Garonne, Casteljloux has a small historic centre and a popula spa treatment centre

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photo of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle in the region

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photo of Castillonnes

Castillonnes is another Lot-et-Garonne bastide town, rather less touristic than most of the others

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photo of Caudecoste

Caudecoste is just one of the scenic villages along the border between Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne

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Chateau de Beynac

photo of Chateau de Beynac

High on a clifftop and beautifuly restored, the Chateau de Beynac is our favourite castle in the region

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Chateau de Biron

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The Chateau de Biron is a perfect way to discover the history and countryside of the southern Dordogne

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Chateau de Bonaguil

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The medieval Chateau-de-Bonaguil, in a lovely woodland setting, is one of our favourite castles in France

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Chateau de Castelnaud

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The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults nd children

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Chateau de Commarque

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The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and opened to the public.

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Chateau de Fumel

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The Chateau de Fumel is not open to the public but a walk through the adjacent gardens can be pleasant in spring

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Chateau de Gavaudun

photo of Chateau de Gavaudun

Chateau de Gavaudun, a ruined medieval castle, sits high on a rock in the scenic Gavaudun Valley

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Chateau de Hautefort

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At Chateau de Hautefort you can see a vey imposing castle and also extensive and carefuly maintaind garden

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Chateau de Jumilhac

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The Chateau de Jumilhac is in the northern Dordogn, within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park

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Chateau de Losse

photo of Chateau de Losse

Close to Montignac, the Chateau de Losse is an interesting castle that also has very pretty gardens

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Chateau de Montfort

photo of Chateau de Montfort

Close to Sarlat, the Chateau de Montfort is an imposing setting above the river - but unfortunately not open to the public

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Chateau de Puyguilhem

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Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style castle

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Chateau de Puymartin

photo of Chateau de Puymartin

The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesting destination

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Chateau des Milandes

photo of Chateau des Milandes

The beautifuly restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz dancer called Josephine Baker

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photo of Ciboure

Once home to Maurice Ravel, Ciboure is a smal port and resort just south of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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photo of Daglan

Daglan is a small village in the south of the Dordogne department on the river Céou

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photo of Dax

Established as a spa since Roman times, Dax is a pleasant if quiet town to visit

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photo of Domme

The hilltop village of Domme has it all: a beautiful village, an extensive cave sytem, and very extensive views across the river and countryside

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Dune de Pyla

photo of Dune de Pyla

The Dune de Pyla is the largest sand dune in Europe and a Grand Site of France

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photo of Duras

Duras is a quiet town that is above all known for the local wine and the Chateau de Duras in the town

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photo of Eauze

Eauze is a historic market town with attractive medieval buildings

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photo of Espelette

Home of red hot chillies, Espelette is a very traditional basque village in the western Pyrenees

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photo of Excideuil

The town of Excideuil in the northern Dordogne, has a lively market every Thursday and is close to two of the most important castles in the region

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photo of Eymet

The bastide town of Eymet,south of Bergerac, has some lovely medieval houses and an attractive seting on the Dropt river

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photo of Eynesse

A nice place to stroll down to the banks of the Dordogne river - although there is not much else in this tiny village

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photo of Font-de-Gaume

The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the publi can still see original cave paintings

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photo of Frespech

Frespech is another in the cluster of picturesque villages typical of this region

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Grotte de Rouffignac

photo of Grotte de Rouffignac

The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammouths

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photo of Hendaye

Hendaye, the last resort in France before the Spanish border, also has a popular large sandy beach

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photo of Hondarribia

Hondarribia is just across the border in Spain but we included it because its a very nice historic town!

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photo of Hossegor

Soorts is one of the smaller beach resorts along the extensive Atlantic coast in South-West France

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photo of Hourtin

As well as its long beach, Hourtin also has the largest lake in France with lots of leisure activities

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photo of Issigeac

The historic small town of Issigeac has many lovely old houses and the most famous Sunday market in the Dordogne

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photo of Itxassou

Less visited than some of the traditional Basque villages here, Itxassou is also very pleasant to explore

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Jardins de Marqueyssac

photo of Jardins de Marqueyssac

The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine

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La Bastide-Clairence

photo of La Bastide-Clairence

Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region

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La Reole

photo of La Reole

Largely ignored by visitors because of its proximity to Bordeaux we found La Reole to be a very pleasant, traditional Gironde town to explore

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La Rhune

photo of La Rhune

The Rhune is a small Pyrenees mountain that you can go up in a scenic train - a nice way to enjoy the scenery.

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La Roque-Gageac

photo of La Roque-Gageac

The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical gardens and ancient cave dwellings to see.

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photo of La-Roque-Saint-Christophe

The prehistoric dwellings built in the cliffs at La Roque-Saint-Christophe are one of the most extensive of their type in France

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Labastide d'Armagnac

photo of Labastide d'Armagnac

Labastide d'Armagnac is a 13th century bastide town that has retained many of its historic buildings

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photo of Lacanau

The resort of Lcanau Ocean is the most important coastal resort on the Medoc peninsula

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photo of Laroque-Timbaut

Laroque-Timbaut is one of our favourite tiny villags in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne

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photo of Laruns

Laruns is a pretty village, but it is the surrounding mountain scenery that attracts most visitors here

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Lascaux caves

photo of Lascaux caves

The Lascaux Caves are famous worldwide because of the large number of prehistoric cave paintings to be seen

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photo of Laugerie-Basse

Laugerie Basse is a prehistoric shelter in the Vezere Valley in the Dordogne

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photo of Lauzun

Lauzun has a small castle, but ist main interest is its position in the valley of the Dropt River and the attractions nearby

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Le Bugue

photo of Le Bugue

The town of Le Bugue, on the Dordogne river banks, is very well situated to explore the region

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Le Canon and l'Herbe

photo of Le Canon and l'Herbe

Canon and l'Herbe are very pretty traditional oyster fishing villages on the Bassin d'Arcachon

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Le Verdon-sur-Mer

photo of Le Verdon-sur-Mer

The small resort of Le Verdon-sur-Mer is quiet but has long sandy beaches

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Les Eyzies

photo of Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies itself is a small traditional town, within easy reach of many of the most important prehistoric monuments of the Vezere Valley

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Les Jardins de Sardy

photo of Les Jardins de Sardy

The Jardins de Sardy to the wet of Bergerac are one of our favourite gardens to visit in the region

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photo of Lesparre-Medoc

A small town in Medoc, at Lesparre-Medoc you can see the remains of a medieval tower

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photo of Libourne

Not generally considered as a travel destination, we found the center of Libourne to be quite interesting to explore

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photo of Limeuil

Limeuil is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a popular river beach where the Vezere and Dordogne rivers join

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photo of Margaux

The village and region here are known worldwide because of the prestigious wines from Chateau Margaux

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photo of Marmande

The town of Marmande is not usually visited by tourists but if you are passing be sure to stop and take a look

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Mauvezin d'Armagnac

photo of Mauvezin d'Armagnac

Mauvezin d'Armagnac is a very small village in the Landes with good examples of the local styles of architecture

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photo of Mezin

The small town of Mezin has a charming central market square with a fortified church

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photo of Mimizan

The resort at Mimizan Plage is a popular destination with several kilometres of sandy beaches

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photo of Miramont-de-Guyenne

Miramont is slightly removed from the tourist areas; visit on Monday when the market takes place if possible.

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photo of Molieres

Molieres is small but perhaps the best example of an unspoiled bastide town in the region.

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photo of Moliets

Moliets is one of the more recently established resorts on the Atlantic coast, very popular with families

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photo of Monbazillac

Monbazillac is home to the Chateau de Monbazillac, famous producer of sweet white wines

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photo of Monflanquin

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the 13th century bastide town of Monflanquin has an attractive arcaded central square

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photo of Monpazier

Monpazier is an exceptional 13th century bastide town, among the most beautiful villages in France.

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photo of Monsegur

The bastide town of Monsegur, in the Dropt Valley, has a substantial part of its original fortifications intact

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photo of Mont-de-Marsan

Not usually thought of as a tourist destination, Mont-de-Marson merits a visit when you are in the region

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photo of Montalivet

The resort of Montaliver has a 12 kilometre beach, and has been popular since the 19th century

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photo of Montcaret

At Montcaret you can visit the archaeological site of a Roman villa to see ancient mosaics

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photo of Montferrand-du-Perigord

The pretty little village of Montferrand-du-Perigord is in a particularly scenic area and has a traditional market hall

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photo of Montignac

Best known for being close to Lascaux caves, the small town of Montignac is also very attractive

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photo of Navarrenx

Navarrenx is a traditional fortified French bastide town in the western pyrenees

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photo of Nerac

The quiet town of Nerac in the southern Lot-et-Garonne is ideally visited on Saturday, market day

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photo of Nontron

Nontron is a quiet town within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park to the north of the Dordogne

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photo of Oloron-Sainte-Marie

There are several sights of interest in Oloron-Saint-Marie including a picturesque section of river

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photo of Orthez

The 13th century stone bridge across the river is a great place to start your viit to Orthez

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photo of Pau

The large town of Pau is well known for the views from the belvedere that cover a large section of Pyrenees mountains

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photo of Pauillac

The small town of Pauillac is best known for the surrounding wine chateaux such as Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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photo of Pellegrue

Pellegrue is a very small village but well worth exploring when you are visiting this part of the Dropt Valley

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Penne d'Agenais

photo of Penne d'Agenais

The street up through the historic centre of Penne d'Agenais leads you to the imposing, if quite recent, basilica on the hill.

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photo of Perigueux

One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval old town to explore

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photo of Plazac

The village of Plazac is very small but well worth exploring, and well placed to discover many local highlights

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Port de Biganos

photo of Port de Biganos

The port at Biganos is surrounded by pretty cabins in painted colours

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photo of Poudenas

The scenic village of Poudenas has a bridge across the small river and a castle with large gardens to visit

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photo of Pujols

The small village of Pujols manages to squeeze a great deal of character, interesting houses and lovely views for such a small village!

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photo of Puymirol

Not far from Agen, the small town of Puymirol has a good number of interesting medieval houses in its old town

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photo of Riberac

Riberac, a quiet and traditional town, is well known for the large market held here each Friday

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photo of Saint-Amand-de-Coly

The village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the prettiest in the Dordogne, and also well placed s a base if you are exploring the region

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photo of Saint-Avit-Senieur

Saint-Avit-Senieur is dominated by the substantial abbey ruins in the centre of the village

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photo of Saint-Cyprien

Saint-Cyprien village has a very picturesque historic centre and lovely views across the Dordogne region

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photo of Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion is an exceptionally scenic town, and most unusual in being listed as a UNESCO heritage site

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photo of Saint-Jean-de-Cole

Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a small but very pretty village with a nice church and beautiful riverside setting

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photo of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

A long established beach resort, Saint-Jean-de-Luz also has a lively and popular town centre to explore

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photo of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

The small village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has a long established role on one of the important pulgrimage routes across France

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photo of Saint-Justin

Saint-Justin is a peaceful bastide town in the Landes department with an authentic medieval historic centre

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photo of Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere

In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest in the Dordogne

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photo of Saint-Pompon

Saint-Pompon, France is a small village to the south of the Dordogne department with an attractive historic centre

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photo of Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc

While Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc would not be considered a tourist destination, you might like to stop and admire the church when you are passing

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photo of Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois

Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois is a fortified village with a church on a hilltop west of Agen

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photo of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, on the Dordogne river west of Bergerac, has an attractive medieval centre with several houses of interest

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photo of Salies-de-Bearn

The small town of Salies-de-Bearn is a pleasure to explore, and a nice place to visit when you are passing through the region

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photo of Sare

Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots of houses in the local architectural style

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photo of Sarlat

Sarlat is the historic capital of the region, and perhaps the most remarkable and intact historic town in France. Highly recommended!

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photo of Sauveterre-de-Bearn

The view from the terrace in front of the church in Sauveterre-de-Béarn is one of our favourites in the Basque Pyrenees region

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photo of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne

The layout of the town of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne still follows its original medieval plan almost exactly

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photo of Soulac-sur-Mer

Soulac-sur-Mer is a long established beach resort at the north of the Medoc peninsula

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photo of Terrasson

The quiet town of Terrasson in the north of the department is best known for the extensive Gardens of the Imagination

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The Grotte du Grand Roc

photo of The Grotte du Grand Roc

The Grotte du Grand Roc is a beautiful natural cave system in the Dordogne.

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photo of Thiviers

Thiviers is a very typical Dordogne market town, best known for the foie gras produced in the surrounding countryside

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Tournon d'Agenais

photo of Tournon d'Agenais

The steep streets of Tournon d'Agenais lead you around the historic centre of one of our favourite villages in central Lot-et-Garonne

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photo of Tremolat

Trémolat is a very small but attractive village, close to the scenic highlight at the Cingle de Tremolat which has far-reaching views across the river

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photo of Vertheuil

In this tiny village you can see Vertheuil Abbey and also the ruins of an ancient castle

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photo of Villamblard

North of Bergerac, Villamblard is a pleasant town to discover and surrounded by attractive countryside

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photo of Villefranche-du-Perigord

Surrounded by the forests that produce the famous local chestnuts, Villefranche-du-Perigord is a small and unspoiled bastide town

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Villeneuve de Mezin

photo of Villeneuve de Mezin

This tiny village is just one of several in the northern Gascony region that have a fortified ancient church.

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photo of Villeneuve-sur-Lot

In Villeneuve-sur-Lot it is the views from th bridge across the river, the bastide square and the church that are of interest to visitors

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photo of Villereal

Villereal is one of our favourite medieval bastide towns, with an impressive wooden market hall occupying the centre of the main market square

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