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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 travel guide.

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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 as carved capital stones
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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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Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The church in Ainhoa is a traditional Basque church with rows of balconies around the walls
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Aire-sur-l'Adour (Landes)

Aire-sur-l'Adour is a pleasant town with a cathedral in south-east Landes
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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 medieval frescoes.
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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, has several kilometres of beaches on the French Atlantic coast
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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 town beach (Gironde)

The town beach of Arcachon is a long sandy beach with lots of facilities.
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Arcachon Ville d'Automne (Gironde)

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 (Gironde)

Arcachon's 'summer town' is a very attractive sea side town next to long sandy beaches
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Arcachon Ville d'Hiver (Gironde)

Visit the beautiful villas in the Ville d'Hiver of Arcachon.
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Arcachon Zoo (Gironde)

Arcachon zoo is home to over 800 animals including rhino, elephants and tigers.
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Arcachon's Pereire beach (Gironde)

Arcachon's Pereire beach is a favourite with locals and holiday makers.
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Badefols d'Ans (Dordogne)

Badefols d'Ans is a small village around a castle and church
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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 a lovely historic city with a cathedral, a substantial old town and a charming riverside promenade
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Bayonne cathedral (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Bayonne cathedral is an imposing gothic style cathedral with a beautifully restored apse and an impressive cloister
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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 interest
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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 favourite towns!
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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 castles, Beynac is unmissable when you visit
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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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Biron (Dordogne)

Biron is a picturesque village with an ancient church and an imposing castle, and far-reaching views
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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 18th century
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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 to visit...
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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 recommended
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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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Brantome Abbey (Dordogne)

Brantome Abbey is an impressive abbey with troglodyte caves in the beautiful town of Brantome.
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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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Cadouin abbey (Dordogne)

Cadouin abbey was built in the 12th century in the roman style
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Cadouin abbey cloisters (Dordogne)

The cloister attached to the abbey at Cadouin were built in the 15th century and among the most charming in France
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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 nearby
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Capbreton (Landes)

Capbreton is a popular resort and beach that also has a traditional harbour and fish market
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Carcans (Gironde)

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

Carlux is a pretty village with the ruins of a castle in its centre.
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Carsac-Aillac (Dordogne)

Carsac-Aillac is home to the Jardins d'eau de Carsac and also has a lovely romanesque church.
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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 in the region
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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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Cathedral Saint-Marie in Oloron-Sainte-Marie (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The cathedral of Sainte-Marie is best known for its remarkable 12th century entrance
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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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Chartreuse du Colombier (Dordogne)

The Chartreuse du Colombier is a charming traditional stone house with a pretty garden open to visitors.
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Chateau de Beynac (Dordogne)

High on a clifftop and beautifully 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 Bourdeilles (Dordogne)

The Chateau de Bourdeilles consists of a medieval defensive castle and a Renaissance castle in the pretty village of Bourdeilles.
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Chateau de Bridoire (Dordogne)

Visit the Chateau de Bridoire, a medieval chateau with lots of games for all the family.
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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 nd children
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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 opened to the public.
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Chateau de Fenelon (Dordogne)

The chateau de Fenelon is half medieval and half renaissance, and sited in an imposing elevated position in the Dordogne
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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 Lanquais (Dordogne)

The Chateau de Lanquais - sometimes called the Louvre of the Perigord - combines medieval and renaissance architecture
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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 public
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Chateau de Pau (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The Chateau de Pau is an impressive combination of the renaissance and 19th century architectural styles
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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 castle
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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 interesting destination
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Chateau des Milandes (Dordogne)

The beautifully restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz dancer called Josephine Baker
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Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The Church Sainte-Croix is an interesting roman style church built in the 12th century
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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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Col d'Aubisque (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The Col d'Aubisque is a beautiful mountain pass with views of numerous high mountains in the Pyrenees
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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)

Domme is a beautiful hilltop village with an extensive cave system, and extensive views across the river and countryside
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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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Eaux-Bonnes (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Eaux-Bonnes is a 19th century belle-epoque spa town at the base of the Col d'Aubisque
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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 important castles in the region
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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 river
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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 village
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Font-de-Gaume (Dordogne)

The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the public can still see original cave paintings
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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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Gourette (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Gourette s a small ski station on the route to the Col d'Aubisque near Eaux-Bonnes
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Grotte de Rouffignac (Dordogne)

The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammoths
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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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Hendaye church Saint-Vincent (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The Church Saint-Vincent in Hendaye has a charming interior of tiered balconies and red walls
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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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Issac (Dordogne)

Issac is a pretty village with a 15th century tower and a Romanesque church.
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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 very pleasant to explore
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Jardins de Beauchamp (Lot-et-Garonne)

The Jardins de Beauchamp is an attractive garden on the edge of Marmande
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Jardins de Marqueyssac (Dordogne)

The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine
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Jardins du manoir d'Eyrignac (Dordogne)

The Gardens of the Manoir d'Eyrignac are a remarkable garden with large areas of trimmed trees, tranquil alleys and formal gardens
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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 Musée de la Rue du temps qui passe (Dordogne)

The musée de la rue du temps qui passe is an atmospheric step back to the 1870 to 1940 years.
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La Promenade Fleurie near Mimizan (Gironde)

The Promenade Fleurie on the Etang d'Aureilhan near to Mimizan is a lakeside walk which has been beautifully gardened and is a pleasure to visit.
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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, traditional Gironde town to explore
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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 gardens and ancient cave dwellings to see.
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La Teste de Buch port ostreicole (Gironde)

The oyster port of La Teste de Buch with its small cabins and mix of oyster and pleasure boats is charming to visit.
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La Teste de Buch salt flats (Gironde)

The salt flats at La Teste de Buch have an attractive walk through the area.
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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 type in France
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Laas (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Laas is a pretty village with a castle and roman style church in the gave d'Oloron valley
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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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Latour-Marliac waterlily garden (Lot-et-Garonne)

The Latour-Marliac waterlily garden has a stunning collection of waterlilies and a garden and is where Monet bought his waterlilies for Giverny.
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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 attractions nearby
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Le Bouquet (Dordogne)

The Jardin du Bouquet is a large park containing 50 different gardens of clipped box formed into different geometric patterns.
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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 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 d'eau (Dordogne)

The Jardins d'eau in Carsac-Aillac is a stunning water garden with a lovely water labyrinth.
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Les Jardins de Cadiot (Dordogne)

The Jardins de Cadiot is a pretty garden in the Dordogne Valley near to Sarlat.
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Les Jardins de l'Imaginaire (Dordogne)

The Jardins de l'Imaginaire is a lovely contemporary garden in the Dordogne town of Terrasson.
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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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Lescun (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The village of Lescun is close to the Cirque de Lescun and other scenic highlights in the western pyrenees
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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 explore
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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 Vezere and Dordogne rivers join
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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 attractive arcaded central square
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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-Marsan has some interesting monuments and attractive river scenery and 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 hall
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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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Musée d'Aquitaine (Gironde)

The musée d'Aquitaine has an interesting collection relating to Bordeaux since prehistoric times.
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Musée des Beaux Arts (Gironde)

The Musée des Beaux Arts of Bordeaux has an interesting collection of fine art including works by Renoir and Rubens
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Mussidan (Dordogne)

Mussidan is a small town on the confluence of the rivers Isle and Crempse in the Dordogne.
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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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Neuvic sur l'Isle (Dordogne)

Neuvic is a small town with a chateau, the Chateau de Neuvic which is open for visits in the summer.
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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 the highlight of your visit to Orthez
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Parc Mauresque (Gironde)

The Parc Mauresque is a large parc and garden in the heart of the resort of Arcachon
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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 mountains
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Pauillac (Gironde)

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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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 on the hill.
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Perigueux (Dordogne)

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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Perigueux cathedral (Dordogne)

The cathedral in Perigueux combines roman and byzantine elements to create a most unusual - and impressive - building
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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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Port de Larros (Gironde)

The Port de Larros is a traditional oyster village on the Bassin d'Arcachon
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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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Prats-du-Perigord (Dordogne)

Prats-du-Perigord is a small village with an impressive fortified church in the south-east of the Dordogne department
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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 such a small village!
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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 Vincent de Cosse (Dordogne)

Saint Vincent de Cosse is a charming village with some beautiful houses and rural architecture.
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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 are exploring the region
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Saint-Astier (Dordogne)

Saint Astier is a small town in the Dordogne with an attractive riverside setting.
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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-Geniès (Dordogne)

Saint-Geniès is a traditional Dordogne village around a small castle and church
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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-de-Luz church (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The church of Saint John the Baptist in Saint-Jean-de-Luz has a remarkable interior with a baroque altar and tiered balconies
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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 across France
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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 in the Dordogne
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Saint-Palais (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Saint-Palais is a small town on the Bidouze river in the historic Navarre region of south-west France
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Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle is a small basque village with a popular leisure lake
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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 church when you are passing
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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 of interest
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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 the region
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Salignac-Eyvigues (Dordogne)

The small town of Salignac-Eyvigues in the Dordogne has several places of interest including a 14th century house and a castle
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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 architectural style
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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. Highly recommended!
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Sarrance (Pyreees-Atlantiques)

The small village of Sarrance is in the valley of the Gave d'Aspe and has an interesting church to visit
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Sauveterre church of Saint-André (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The church of Saint-André in Sauveterre is an interesting and charming roman style church built in the 12th century
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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 Pyrenees region
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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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Sorges (Dordogne)

Sorges is a village in the Dordogne renowned for its truffles and has an ecomuseum dedicated to the history and cultivation of truffles.
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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 Imagination
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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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The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie (Dordogne)

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is a colourful garden in the Dordogne valley near La Roque Gageac.
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The Jardins de l'Albarede (Dordogne)

The Jardins de l'Albarede is an attractive garden surrounded by wooded hills in the Dordogne department.
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Thiviers (Dordogne)

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 (Lot-et-Garonne)

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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Tourtoirac (Dordogne)

The small village of Tourtoirac has a church and river walk as well as a cave system to visit
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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 far-reaching views across the river
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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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Vezere Valley (Dordogne)

The pretty valley of the Vézère is an important region for its well preserved prehistoric settlements
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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 unspoiled bastide town
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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 of interest to visitors
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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 centre of the main market square
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Vitrac and Vitrac Port (Dordogne)

Vitrac is a quiet village next to Vitrac Port which has a river beach and various facilities.
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Tourist attractions to visit in Aquitaine

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Grand Sites of France

Dune du Pilat: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Abbaye de St Sever (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

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

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

Bayonne cathédrale de Sainte-Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

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

Blaye citadelle (Vauban fortifications): See tourist guide

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

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

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

Bordeaux Port: See tourist guide

Cussac Fort Paté (Vauban fortifications)

Eglise St Blaise (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint-Emilion: See 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): See tourist guide

Vezere Valley: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Ainhoa: See tourist guide

Belves: See tourist guide

Beynac: See tourist guide

Domme: See tourist guide

La Bastide-Clairence: See tourist guide

La Roque-Gageac: See tourist guide

Limeuil: See tourist guide

Monflanquin: See tourist guide

Monpazier: See tourist guide

Pujols: See tourist guide

Saint-Amand-de-Coly: See tourist guide

Saint-Jean-de-Cole: See tourist guide

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere: See tourist guide

Sare: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Abri de Cap Blanc: See tourist guide

Abri of Laugerie-Haute

Cadillac Chateau

Cave Pair-non-Pair

Chateau de Puyguilhem: See tourist guide

Decorated caves of the Vezere Valley: See tourist guide

Font-de-Gaume: See tourist guide

Montcaret Archaeological site: See tourist guide

Pey-Berland Tower

Sauve-Majeure Abbey: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Nontron: See tourist guide

Sarlat: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Landes de Gascogne

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bayonne: See tourist guide

Bordeaux: See tourist guide

Monpazier: See tourist guide

Nerac: See tourist guide

Perigueux: See tourist guide

Saint-Emilion: See tourist guide

Sarlat: See tourist guide

Theme Park

Walibi Aquitaine

Towns of Art and History

Bordeaux: See tourist guide

Oloron-Sainte-Marie: See tourist guide

Perigueux: See tourist guide

Sarlat: See tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Anglet: See tourist guide

Bergerac: See tourist guide

Biscarrosse: See tourist guide

Hagetmau

Mimizan: See tourist guide

Mont-de-Marsan: See tourist guide

Pau: See tourist guide

Perigueux: See tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Bordeaux Pessac

Zoo d'Asson

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