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
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
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
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.