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Aquitaine Travel Guide France

Tourism is hugely popular in the Aquitaine region and in particular along the Cote d'Argent for sun and surfers. There are major resorts at Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz and Bayonne to name but a few, whilst the Pyrenees are extremely popular for skiing holidays and hiking holidays.

With so many different camping and touring sites, gites and villas not forgetting hotels and B&B's on offer in this region, it is the perfect area to stay and visit the many chateaux of the Dordogne along with the other geological wonders of this area in France.

Aquitaine Province

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Aquitaine Province of France

The Côte d'Argent is one of the most famous coasts in France, which stretches 200km from the mouth of the Gironde estuary down to Spanish border, and most of the major surfing championships regularly take place along the Aquitaine coastline.

The Bassin d'Arcachon, in the Arcachon department, is a large lagoon famous throughout France for its oyster farming and it is possible to see the oyster beds at low tide.

Also near Arcachon you can go and see the largest sand dune in Europe, called The Dune de Pilat.

Aquitaine is famous for its wine and related products, which include the Bordeaux wine, known as Claret, and this region is perhaps the most famous red wine region in the world.  The region also produces Sauternes, which is a famous sweet white wine and Lillet, a fortified wine, is also produced in Bordeaux.

The south-west also produces wine, although it is not nearly as recognised as Bordeaux.  Yet Bergerac wine is produced in the Dordogne and the Armagnac brandy producing area lies within the region.

Famous food products from the area include Patés, including paté de fois gras and paté basque, are a couple of foods famous in this region and crepes are commonly used in the region's cuisine.   The Dordogne is famed for its truffles.  Also, Aquitaine grows half of France's kiwi fruit, almost half its strawberries, and most of its prunes.

The Pyrenees is featured in one of cycling's major tours, the Tour de France, which is held every year in July.

The northern, inland area of Aquitaine contains one of the most popular departments, the Dordogne, which was named after what many argue as France's most beautiful river.  And although many know the area as Dordogne, to the French it is known as Perigord.

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