Aquitaine places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Aquitaine region. See also our Aquitaine guide.

Aquitaine sightseeing and tourist information

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Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure (Gironde)

The ruins of the Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure contain some very impressive examples of roman style architecture such a [...]

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Agen (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Ainhoa (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Allemans-du-Dropt (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Andernos-les-Bains (Gironde)

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

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Anglet (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Anglet, close to Biarritz, is also a good place to enjoy some of the most southern beaches of the French Atlantic c [...]

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Arcachon (Gironde)

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

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Arcachon Zoo (Gironde)

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

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Barbaste (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Bayonne (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Beaumont-du-Perigord (Dordogne)

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

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Beauville (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Belves (Dordogne)

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

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Bergerac (Dordogne)

Bergerac is a substantial town on the banks of the river and with an extensive medieval old town. One of our favour [...]

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Beynac (Dordogne)

One of the most beautiful villages in France and also with stunning views and on of the most impressive Dordogne ca [...]

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Biarritz (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Biscarrosse (Landes)

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

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Blaye (Gironde)

The town of Blaye is well known because of the extensive citadel and fortifications built here by Vauban in the 18t [...]

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Bordeaux (Gironde)

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

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Bordeaux Waterfront (Gironde)

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

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Bordeaux-Chartrons (Gironde)

Chartrons is an attractive quarter of Bordeaux [...]

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Bourdeilles (Dordogne)

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

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Brantome (Dordogne)

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 (Dordogne)

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

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Cadouin (Dordogne)

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

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Cambo-les-Bains (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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 (Gironde)

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

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Capbreton (Landes)

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

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Carcans (Gironde)

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

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Casteljaloux (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (Dordogne)

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle i [...]

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Castillonnes (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Caudecoste (Lot-et-Garonne)

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 (Dordogne)

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 (Dordogne)

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 (Lot-et-Garonne)

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 (Dordogne)

The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults [...]

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Chateau de Commarque (Dordogne)

The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and o [...]

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Chateau de Fumel (Lot-et-Garonne)

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 (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Chateau de Hautefort (Dordogne)

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 (Dordogne)

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

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Chateau de Losse (Dordogne)

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

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Chateau de Montfort (Dordogne)

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

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Chateau de Puyguilhem (Dordogne)

Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style ca [...]

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Chateau de Puymartin (Dordogne)

The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesti [...]

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Chateau des Milandes (Dordogne)

The beautifuly restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz [...]

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Ciboure (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Daglan (Dordogne)

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

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Dax (Landes)

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

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Domme (Dordogne)

The hilltop village of Domme has it all: a beautiful village, an extensive cave sytem, and very extensive views acr [...]

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Dune de Pyla (Gironde)

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

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Duras (Lot-et-Garonne)

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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Eauze (Gers)

Eauze is a historic market town with attractive medieval buildings [...]

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Espelette (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Excideuil (Dordogne)

The town of Excideuil in the northern Dordogne, has a lively market every Thursday and is close to two of the most [...]

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Eymet (Dordogne)

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

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Eynesse (Gironde)

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

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Font-de-Gaume (Dordogne)

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

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Frespech (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Grotte de Rouffignac (Dordogne)

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

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Hendaye (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Hondarribia (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Hossegor (Landes)

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

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Hourtin (Gironde)

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

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Issigeac (Dordogne)

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

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Itxassou (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Jardins de Marqueyssac (Dordogne)

The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine [...]

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La Bastide-Clairence (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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La Reole (Gironde)

Largely ignored by visitors because of its proximity to Bordeaux we found La Reole to be a very pleasant, tradition [...]

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La Rhune (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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 (Dordogne)

The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical [...]

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La-Roque-Saint-Christophe (Dordogne)

The prehistoric dwellings built in the cliffs at La Roque-Saint-Christophe are one of the most extensive of their t [...]

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Labastide d'Armagnac (Landes)

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

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Lacanau (Gironde)

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

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Laroque-Timbaut (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Laruns (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Lascaux caves (Dordogne)

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

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Laugerie-Basse (Dordogne)

Laugerie Basse is a prehistoric shelter in the Vezere Valley in the Dordogne [...]

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Lauzun (Lot-et-Garonne)

Lauzun has a small castle, but ist main interest is its position in the valley of the Dropt River and the attractio [...]

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Le Bugue (Dordogne)

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 (Gironde)

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

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Le Verdon-sur-Mer (Gironde)

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

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Les Eyzies (Dordogne)

Les Eyzies itself is a small traditional town, within easy reach of many of the most important prehistoric monument [...]

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Les Jardins de Sardy (Dordogne)

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

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Lesparre-Medoc (Gironde)

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

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Libourne (Gironde)

Not generally considered as a travel destination, we found the center of Libourne to be quite interesting to explor [...]

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Limeuil (Dordogne)

Limeuil is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a popular river beach where the Veze [...]

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Margaux (Gironde)

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

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Marmande (Lot-et-Garonne)

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 (Landes)

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

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Mezin (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Mimizan (Landes)

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

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Miramont-de-Guyenne (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Molieres (Dordogne)

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

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Moliets (Landes)

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

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Monbazillac (Dordogne)

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

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Monflanquin (Lot-et-Garonne)

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the 13th century bastide town of Monflanquin has an attract [...]

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Monpazier (Dordogne)

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

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Monsegur (Gironde)

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

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Mont-de-Marsan (Landes)

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

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Montalivet (Gironde)

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

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Montcaret (Dordogne)

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

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Montferrand-du-Perigord (Dordogne)

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

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Montignac (Dordogne)

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

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Navarrenx (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Nerac (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Nontron (Dordogne)

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

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Oloron-Sainte-Marie (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Orthez (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Pau (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The large town of Pau is well known for the views from the belvedere that cover a large section of Pyrenees mountai [...]

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Pauillac (Gironde)

The small town of Pauillac is best known for the surrounding wine chateaux such as Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chate [...]

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Pellegrue (Gironde)

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 (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Perigueux (Dordogne)

One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval [...]

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Plazac (Dordogne)

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 (Gironde)

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

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Poudenas (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Pujols (Lot-et-Garonne)

The small village of Pujols manages to squeeze a great deal of character, interesting houses and lovely views for s [...]

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Puymirol (Lot-et-Garonne)

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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Riberac (Dordogne)

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

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Saint-Amand-de-Coly (Dordogne)

The village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the prettiest in the Dordogne, and also well placed s a base if you ar [...]

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Saint-Avit-Senieur (Dordogne)

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

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Saint-Cyprien (Dordogne)

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

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Saint-Emilion (Gironde)

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

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Saint-Jean-de-Cole (Dordogne)

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

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Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Saint-Justin (Landes)

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

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Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere (Dordogne)

In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest [...]

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Saint-Pompon (Dordogne)

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

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Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc (Gironde)

While Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc would not be considered a tourist destination, you might like to stop and admire the ch [...]

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Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (Gironde)

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

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Salies-de-Bearn (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

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Sare (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots of houses in the local architect [...]

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Sarlat (Dordogne)

Sarlat is the historic capital of the region, and perhaps the most remarkable and intact historic town in France. H [...]

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Sauveterre-de-Bearn (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The view from the terrace in front of the church in Sauveterre-de-Béarn is one of our favourites in the Basque Pyr [...]

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Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (Gironde)

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

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Soulac-sur-Mer (Gironde)

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

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Terrasson (Dordogne)

The quiet town of Terrasson in the north of the department is best known for the extensive Gardens of the Imaginati [...]

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The Grotte du Grand Roc (Dordogne)

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

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Thiviers (Dordogne)

Thiviers is a very typical Dordogne market town, best known for the foie gras produced in the surrounding countrysi [...]

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Tournon d'Agenais (Lot-et-Garonne)

The steep streets of Tournon d'Agenais lead you around the historic centre of one of our favourite villages in cent [...]

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Tremolat (Dordogne)

Trémolat is a very small but attractive village, close to the scenic highlight at the Cingle de Tremolat which has [...]

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Vertheuil (Gironde)

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

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Villamblard (Dordogne)

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

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Villefranche-du-Perigord (Dordogne)

Surrounded by the forests that produce the famous local chestnuts, Villefranche-du-Perigord is a small and unspoile [...]

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Villeneuve de Mezin (Lot-et-Garonne)

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

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Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Lot-et-Garonne)

In Villeneuve-sur-Lot it is the views from th bridge across the river, the bastide square and the church that are o [...]

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Villereal (Lot-et-Garonne)

Villereal is one of our favourite medieval bastide towns, with an impressive wooden market hall occupying the centr [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed Aquitaine travel guide


Classified tourist sites to visit in Aquitaine

Listed below are some of the main places and destinations in Aquitaine that have received 'official' tourist classifications.

Grand Sites of France

Dune du Pilat

Heritage Sites

Abbaye de St Sever (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Agen cathédrale St Caprais (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Aire sur l'Adour église St Quitterie (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Bayonne cathédrale St Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bazas cathédrale St Jean Baptist (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Blaye citadelle (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Bordeaux basilique Saint-Michel (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bordeaux basilique Saint-Seurin (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bordeaux cathédrale Saint-André (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bordeaux Port: Tourist guide

Cussac Fort Paté (Vauban fortifications)

Eglise St Blaise (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Eglise, Oloron-Sainte-Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Fort Médoc (Vauban fortifications)

La Sauve église St Pierre (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

La Sauve Majeure abbaye (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin eglise abbatiale (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Mimizan clocher-porche (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Perigueux cathédrale Saint Front (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Porte St Jacques - St Jean Pied-de-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Saint-Avit Eglise (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Saint-Emilion: Tourist guide

Sorde l'Abbaye - abbaye St Jean (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Soulac-su-Mer basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-Terres (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Vezere Valley: Tourist guide

Classified 'most beautiful villages'

Ainhoa: Tourist guide

Belves: Tourist guide

Beynac: Tourist guide

Domme: Tourist guide

La Bastide-Clairence: Tourist guide

La Roque-Gageac: Tourist guide

Limeuil: Tourist guide

Monflanquin: Tourist guide

Monpazier: Tourist guide

Pujols: Tourist guide

Saint-Amand-de-Coly: Tourist guide

Saint-Jean-de-Cole: Tourist guide

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere: Tourist guide

Sare: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Abri de Cap Blanc

Abri of Laugerie-Haute

Cadillac Chateau

Cave Pair-non-Pair

Chateau de Puyguilhem: Tourist guide

Decorated caves of the Vezere Valley: Tourist guide

Font-de-Gaume: Tourist guide

Montcaret Archaeological site: Tourist guide

Pey-Berland Tower

Sauve-Majeure Abbey: Tourist guide

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Nontron: Tourist guide

Sarlat: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Landes de Gascogne

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Saint Amand de Coly (Saint-Amand-de-Coly)

Abbaye de Saint Martial (Paunat)

Abbaye de Saint Maurin (Saint-Maurin)

Abbaye Notre Dame (Chancelade)

Abbaye Saint Pierre (Brantome)

Ancien Prieuré de Merlande (La Chapelle-Gonaguet)

Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat)

Collégiale et chapelle de la Trinité (Saint-Emilion)

Eglise de Saint Léonce (Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere)

Eglise de Saint Martin (Layrac)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps)

Eglise de Saint-Hilaire et Eglise de Saint-Nicholas (Tremolat)

Eglise de saint-Pierre (Audrix)

Eglise de Sainte Livrade (Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot)

Eglise de Sainte Marie (Aubiac)

Eglise Notre Dame (Frespech)

Eglise Notre Dame de Faye (Faye)

Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Belves)

Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Thiviers)

Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien)

Eglise Saint Etienne de la Cité (Perigueux)

Eglise Sainte-Croix (Beaumont-du-Perigord)

Prieuré de Sainte Marie (Moirax)

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Ets Latour-Marliac

Jardin de Conty

Jardin de la Daille

Jardin de Planbuisson

Jardin du château de Momas

Jardin du cloître Notre-Dame

Jardin du Fond de l’or

Jardins de Beauchamp

Jardins de l'Albarède

Jardins de l'Imaginaire

Jardins de la Bourlie

Jardins de la villa Arnaga

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Jardins du château de Caudon

Jardins du château de Hautefort

Jardins du château de Losse

Jardins du château de Malle

Jardins du château de Mongenan

Jardins du château de Montréal

Jardins du château de Vayres

Jardins du château de Viven

Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac

Jardins du Sardy: Tourist guide

Parc du château de Grenade

Parc du château Lanessan

Parc du Sarrat

Parc et potager de Pouthet

Protected historical town centre

Bayonne: Tourist guide

Bordeaux: Tourist guide

Monpazier: Tourist guide

Nerac: Tourist guide

Perigueux: Tourist guide

Saint-Emilion: Tourist guide

Sarlat: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Bassin d'Arcachon

Cirque de Saint-Engrace

Col d'Aubisque

Courant de Contis

Courant de Huchet

Domaine de Certes

Etang de Biscarrosse et Parentis

Etang de Cazaux et Sanguinet

Gorges d'Holzarté

Gorges d'Holzarté

Gorges de Kakoetta

Grotte du Grand Roc

Marais d'Orx

Vallée d'Aspe

Vallée d'Ossau

Vallée des Aldudes

Theme Park

Walibi Aquitaine

Towns of Art and History

Bordeaux: Tourist guide

Oloron-Sainte-Marie: Tourist guide

Perigueux: Tourist guide

Sarlat: Tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Anglet: Tourist guide

Bergerac: Tourist guide

Biscarrosse: Tourist guide


Mimizan: Tourist guide

Mont-de-Marsan: Tourist guide

Pau: Tourist guide

Perigueux: Tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Bordeaux Pessac

Zoo d'Asson