In the forest and a short bicycle ride from the beach, it's a perfect base for getting the most of the great outdoors.
Infinite golden beaches. Europe’s largest sand dune. Arguably the world’s finest wines. And Siblu campsites La Réserve, LesDunes de Contis and Domaine de Soulac nestled in its midst. What’s not to love about Aquitaine in France’s south west corner? It has the chic city of Bordeaux as its capital, and the Atlantic Ocean beating its shores all the way to the Spanish border. It truly is a land of discoveries, making it a holiday destination par excellence.
What a treat: holiday park La Réserve has its own lakeside beach with gently sloping sands, ideal for little ones. When it’s time to get out-and-about, there’s the extraordinary Bay of Arcachon, a beautiful beach playground, also famous for its fine oysters. The region has plenty of family-friendly seaside resorts to choose from: Biscarrosse-Plage, Mimizan-Plage and Contis-Plage, to name a few. Indeed, the Aquitaine coastline offers miles of undeveloped shoreline fringed by dunes, and Europe’s largest and most formidable – the spectacular Dune du Pilat – is not to be missed. The Atlantic breakers also make it a paradise for water sport enthusiasts and surfer, and the Landes Forest offers peace and tranquillity as well as a host of fun, outdoor pursuits, be it cycling, horse riding or canoeing.
Things To Do & Special Events
Time to try some new activities? Introduce a musical interlude to a Landes Forest trip by experiencing the village of Sanguinet’s annual summer Jazz Festival. For thrills, Aqualand offers the ultimate water park experience with flume rides for the brave and giant paddling pools for younger ones. Meanwhile, Parc de la Coccinelle is a leisure park with a difference and a perfect family holiday destination, combining petting zoo, rides and an idyllic setting. Or try L’Écomusée de Marquèze: accessible by historic train, the museum takes you back in time to France as it once was in this region. A truly unique experience.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
There’s no shortage of gastronomic delights in Aquitaine. Alongside the Bay of Arcachon’s delectable oysters, duck in all its culinary forms features on most local bistro menus. Then, the world’s most famous vineyards are dotted all around. Visit the charming medieval village of St. Emilion for vineyard tours and tastings, but also discover a surprising underground church and labyrinthine caves. Bayonne, a colourful riverside town and capital of the French Basque country, makes a great day-trip and is renowned for air-cured ham and … chocolate!
Places To Go
Bordeaux: a graceful city with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, it’s perfect for strolling around, with plenty to see and do, and wonderful shops too. Dax: France’s number one spa town! Try the mud treatments and take the naturally occurring thermal waters. Or take a trip round Musée de l’ALAT, with its collection of light aircraft and helicopters. Biarritz: offering sophisticated surfer cool in a way only the French can pull off. It’s lots of fun, and great people watching too.
Camping in Aquitaine France: it’s a holiday for everyone…