Aquitaine is one of the three regions in the larger region of Nouvelle-Aquitane of France along with Poitou-Charentes and Limousin. It is situated in the south-west of France, along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountain range on the border with Spain. It is composed of the 5 departments of Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes and Gironde. In the Middle Ages Aquitaine was a kingdom and a duchy, whose boundaries fluctuated considerably. There are 250 kilometres of ocean coastline, the vast coastline is also home to a great many boating harbours and seaside resorts, from the beaches of the Médoc in the north to those of the Basque Coast on the Spanish border. It is also bordered to the south by a vast range of mountains: the Pyrenees. The most magnificent vestiges of the Palaeolithic Era in France are concentrated along the Vézère Valley in Perigord, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Coastline of Aquitaine offers unforgettable fishing trips, relaxation, beneficial thalassotherapy centres, as well as cycling tracks and golf courses in the shade of pine trees. Inland Aquitaine offers rolling fairways, walks, horse rides or bike rides, and canoeing along the waterways. The Pyrenean Aquitaine is ideal for fishing, white-water canoeing, well-being in the spa towns and hiking through unique landscapes.
See also: Attractions in Aquitaine
Saint-Émilion’s history goes back to prehistoric times and is a World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century. In the 4th century,
Located between the ocean and the mountains, the ´Pays de Saint-Jean-de-Luz’ counts 11 towns and villages: Ahetze, Arbonne, Ainhoa, Ascain, Biriatou, Ciboure, GuÈthary, SaintJean-de-Luz, Saint-PÈe-sur-Nivelle, Sare and Urrugne. Behind the elegant windows of the seaside resorts, lulled by the waves along this rugged and beautiful coastline, are the gates tothe hinterland and its undeniable charm. The ´Pays de Saint- Jeande-Luzª is a land of contrasts and hidden treasures, chic,
festive, sporty and friendly.
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