Make your way to Gironde's miles of mysterious sand dunes, beaches and lakes. There’s also the quaint Île de Re, the perfect holiday island with its beaches, pretty ports and charming historical towns. Further south is Gascony, where life progresses at a slower pace in sleepy villages, unspoilt countryside and on deserted beaches. Make sure you visit Bordeaux, home of the local wine trade and of some truly splendid architecture.
Gascony & Gironde
Gascony, Gironde and Ile de Ré at a Glance
Culture vultures, surfing dudes, beautiful people, outdoor types, foodies, sun worshippers, socialites and peace lovers are all guaranteed the perfect holiday in France’s beautiful south west.
Get your heart pumping on golden beaches where the Atlantic waves break, wander through peaceful villages surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, tour historic towns and cities, stroll along the promenade of bustling seaside resorts, float along on rivers and inland lakes and drink in the local culture at some of the world’s finest wineries.
Ah, the food! Where to begin? And when to stop? Each region is bursting with delicious fresh food and fine wines – from tender steaks in Bordeaux wine sauce to goat cheeses and spicy vegetable stew with plenty of full bodied red wine or crisp dry rose to wash it all down.
Slip on your sunglasses and pout. This fashionable resort combines old world glamour with natural beauty. Stroll along the beach to the lighthouse on the rugged Cap St Martin then dine in style or dabble at the casino.
This beautiful city on the banks of La Garonne, offers elegant architecture and shopping. After a morning of pounding those pavements treat yourself to the local oysters washed down with a fine Bordeaux wine.
Spend a fascinating (and delicious) day among more than 600 square miles of vineyards, home to some of the most prestigious chateaux in the world, including Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Margaux.
Two miles long and 374 feet tall (and still growing). It’s the ideal location for taking in the view of the coast and the pine forests. And when you’ve had your fill, hop onto your body board and surf back down.
A charming island with pretty towns and harbours and lots of family-friendly beaches. Don’t miss the sunset over St Martin tower – the perfect end to a perfect day.