Are you looking forward to spend your holiday in the South of France? The region Nouvelle-Aquitaine offers many possibilities for a wonderful holiday. The merger of the former regions Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes covers a very large area with different landscapes, beautiful mountains, vineyards, rivers and picturesque villages. Rent a holiday home in Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes and discover this popular region.
The former region of Aquitaine is located on the Atlantic coast, known as the Silver Coast which symbolizes the Médoc, the Bassin d'Arcachon, the Landes and the Basque Coast. With an incredible coastline of 250 kilometers (155 miles) with the finest sandy beaches. This place is a paradise for lovers of water sports such as surfing and scuba diving, but also for those who love sunbathing. Surfing was first introduced in Biarritz in 1956. Aquitaine has the longest coastline in Europe, national and international competitions are held on Lake Lacaneu in Gironde and on Lake Anglet in Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
During your holiday you can pamper yourself in one of the wellness centers and enjoy a massage or thalassotherapy. The region has several nature reserves and parks as Les Marais d'Orx in the south of the Landes and the ornithological ark of Le Teich. But the regional natural park Périgord-Limousin, on the Basque coast, is well worth visiting. The Caves of Lascaux are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the most prehistoric painted caves so far discovered. The museum National du Château de Pau and the château de Bonaguil also demonstrate the rich history of this region. During your holidays in France, you may also visit the interesting cities of Bordeaux, Bayonne, Pau and Perigueux.
Limousin is situated in the Massif Central and is one of the greenest regions of France. The region is named after the ancient city Limoges, a city of art en history. Limoges is internationally renowned for its porcelain. Aubusson is the world's tapestry capital and known for its contemporary weaving and workshops. A visit to the House of Carpet Weaving takes you back in time and be acquainted with the ancient tradition. When your are on holidays near the river Corrèze, you can enjoy various water sports. Your holiday is not complete if you have not seen the sturdy reddish Limousin cow, these cows are a strong and fruitful race. Thanks to their good health the provide excellent, tender, exquisite, lean and juicy meat.
A naturel park you must see is the "Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches" situated in the hearth of the Limousin. Millevaches does not mean thousand cows, but thousand springs. The park is covering an area of more than 3,300 km2 and is extending over the départments of the Corrèze, Creuse and Haute-Vienne. This huge granite plateau is highlighted by the 976 meter high mountain Bessou.
The region of Poitou-Charentes is located on the Atlantic Ocean and an ideal destination for an active or relaxing holiday. During your stay you will discover historical monuments, Romanesque buildings and various cities of Art and History. Cities you should not miss are La Rochelle, Royan and especially the islands Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oléron. The Ile de Ré is nicknamed Ré La Blanche, because the houses are white. Do you like beach holidays? Then you will love spending a holiday in Poitou–Charentes. You will find 400km of coastline with sandy beaches, beach resorts and charming fishing ports.
Nature lovers enjoy the nature of Marais Poitevin, a swamp area also known as green Venice. The Marais Poitevin is hardly known by tourists. Also the Cognac region with it’s vineyards, authentic villages and Romanesque churches is definitely worth a visit. Your vacation wouldn’t be complete if you have not visited the amusement park Futuroscope in the city of Poitiers in Vienne.