Gascony & Gironde

Towns & Villages of Gascony and Gironde

St Émilion

St Émilion

This is the one of the most attractive of the Bordeaux wine villages with countless wine cellars, town squares and fortified gateways to explore.

San Sebastián

San Sebastián

You’re so close to Spain that it would be a shame not to hop over the border and say hola to this grand old seaside resort. Get lost in the narrow streets and find yourself in a bar or restaurant with an ice cold cerveza and a tapas or two.

Léon

Léon

This pretty village on the banks of the Hutchet River holds daily markets throughout the summer so there’s no excuse for not bringing home lots of gifts, food and wine. Take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat or enjoy swimming or fishing in the lake.

St Jean de Luz

St Jean de Luz

It’s worth getting here nice and early to watch the fisherman coming home with their hauls of sardines and tuna, you can always have a nap on one of the beaches before sampling the catch at lunchtime. During the summer the town is host to lots of colourful festivals.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle

A great place to just wander and see where you end up, with a pretty harbour, arcaded streets, an attractive cathedral and an impressive Natural History Museum.

Bayonne

Bayonne

This lively Basque town is one the loveliest in Gascony with colourful buildings, quaint old streets, a Gothic cathedral and an impressive museum.

Lourdes

Lourdes

A special destination for Roman Catholics and for those hoping to be healed, the grotto and town attract more than 5 million pilgrims each year and has a unique upbeat atmosphere.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

This is one of Europe’s grandest cities – with elegant 18th century architecture such as the Palais de la Bourse and the Esplanade des Quinconces, and of course, plenty of opportunities to try the local wines.

Biarritz

Biarritz

Once a simple fishing village, Biarritz is now a stylish seaside resort full of fashionable bars, shops and restaurants. Don’t worry, you don’t have to blow your budget, many of them are affordable and window shopping is totally free.