Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation in South West France
Why Choose Aquitaine For Your Holiday?
word"Aquitaine" is of Latin origin and means
"land of water". The ocean, countless lakes and three huge rivers
tell us that the Romans' impression of the region is equally valid today.
Despite its long and rich history, not many people know of Aquitaine,
although many will be familiar with its most famous resident, Eleanor
of Aquitaine, place names such as Biarritz,
St.Emilion and Arcachon, or have probably consumed its most famous exports,
wine and foie gras.
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The name "Aquitaine"is not often used, say the
French, because it is difficult to pronouce! Try "Acki-Ten"or simply refer to it, as the locals do, as "France Sud Autrement"
meaning "The Other South of France".
more about a region of Aquitaine,
one of its resorts or one of the many activities you can try, by choosing from the list below. We will be
adding more regions, resorts and activities to our website soon...
mission at Alternative Aquitaine is for you to share our
enthusiasm for this region.
Here's 10 good reasons why we think Aquitaine is a great
has the longest stretch of coastline in Europe
The Côte dArgent 250km of sand voted France's
Best Mainland Beach.* *The
50 Best Beaches in Europe, The Independent, 14th June 2003
is more than just a beach
For culture and history there are medieval villages and hill-top
towns, châteaux, museums, markets and regular festivals.
is home to some of the worlds most famous wines
Such as Médoc, St Emilion, Pomerol and Sauternes.
offers an amazing variety of activities
Such as golf, surfing, cycling, sailing, hiking, bird-watching
and horse riding, to name but a few.
is next door to Spain for day-trips
To San Sebastian, Pamplona or Bilbao's Guggenheim.
is home to the Pyrénées
For wonderful walking country and some of Europes most
exotic wildlife, including vultures and brown bears.
is home to Western Europe's largest forest and over 30 freshwater
For peace, tranquility and enjoying nature.
is home to the French Basque Country
An ancient land with its own language, culture, sports, festivals,
architecture and cuisine.
regional cuisine is noted even in France for its variety
From foie gras to oysters and the Spanish-influenced pintxos
is easy to reach by plane
There are six airports in the region, many served by low-cost