Alternative Aquitaine Blog

Stress-free meals on holiday

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We are delighted to partner with two very talented local chefs (and good friends of Alternative Aquitaine!) who provide bespoke catering packages for guests renting properties in Aquitaine.

Best Food Markets SW France Coast

Best Food Markets SW France Coast

Walk in to any French fresh food market & all senses go in to overdrive trying to decode the dozens of noises, sights and flavours hitting them all at once. The produce looks vaguely the same as at home but actually everything is fresher, deeper in colour, riper, and tastes & smells of so much more. We’ve picked our five favourite markets from Biarritz to the Arcachon Bay, along with nearby places to stay...

The Basque Country – Is It Really A Country?

Basque Country flag

Justin takes a personal look at this fascinating region of Europe and considers the case for...

London to Bordeaux train link - combine a trip to the city and the countryside!

London to Bordeaux train

The phrase "Bordeaux countryside" conjures up images of hazy summer days wandering blissfully through the local vineyards, of chateaux and gîtes nestled among long grass, of long evening meals enjoyed al fresco and an overall feeling that life is good.

Fabulous ideas for shared holidays in South West France!

Villa Clara, Biarritz, Aquitaine

Do you look forward to sharing holiday time with your friends or family?  We have some great holiday ideas to help you to make the most of spending time together this summer!

Online booking goes live!

Online booking announcement

We are delighted that, with the recent introduction of online booking, finalising your holiday plans with Alternative Aquitaine is now even quicker and easier! 

6 of the Best Reasons to Book Your Holiday With an Agent!

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We are positive that there is not just a place for a booking agent in the world of travel but that booking agents provide a fundamentally important service to customers which it is impossible to automate...

Our top reasons why Biarritz is the best alternative destination for a winter break

Our top reasons why Biarritz is the best alternative destination for a winter break image

Although not an obvious destination for a winter break, the winter months, and particularly Christmas, is a delightful time of year to visit Biarritz...

Time is running out to enter our 2016 competition!

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To enter, all you have to do is submit your name and email address, the winner will be chosen at random on 1st December 2016.

How to get ahead and make school summer holiday planning a breeze...

school summer holiday fun!

We reveal our most popular villas for summer holiday dates; they sell like hot croissants so it's best to book early!

October holidays : top 5 reasons to visit south west France this Autumn

October holidays south France

Looking for ideas for an October holiday? Aquitaine in south west France is the perfect destination for some Autumn sunshine, adventure, delicious food and local wine...

Fancy winning a free week of accommodation at The Surf Loft?

Fancy winning a free week of accommodation at The Surf Loft?  image

To enter, all you have to do is submit your name and email address, the winner will be chosen at random on 1st December 2016.

We're stoked to be the travel partner for the London Surf Film Festival 2016!

We're stoked to be the travel partner for the London Surf Film Festival 2016! image

To ease the return to reality after a fantastically hot summer full of great waves, we have teamed up with the London Surf Film Festival and couldn't be more excited to be the official travel partner of the event!

British Travel Awards 2016 - have your say!

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Here at Alternative Aquitaine we're very excited to be nominated for the British Travel Awards 2016 - have your say to reward the companies you think are worthy of an award (fingers crossed that's us!) and you could win a great holiday prize.

Where is Europe's California?

Hossegor France

You can probably think of several places where it most definitely is not - but any ideas where it could be...?

Back to School: an education in viticulture in Bordeaux

Back to School: an education in viticulture in Bordeaux image

One of The New York Times' top destinations for 2016, Bordeaux has been transformed recently into a cool and cultured destination for those in the know...

Try Something New on Holiday!

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Why not personalise your stay in Aquitaine and try something new whilst you are on holiday? Or simply enjoy the opportunity to enjoy a sport or pastime that you never have enough time for in your day to day life...

What are you doing the week beginning 2nd July?

What are you doing the week beginning 2nd July? image

There's now just one week still available at the beautiful Villa d'Ilbarritz this summer. If you don't have plans for the first week in July, we've got a great idea for you...

Say 'olá' to Alternative Portugal!

Say 'olá' to Alternative Portugal! image

The popularity of our villa holidays in this corner of south west France led us to search for new destinations where our clients could enjoy the same high quality villa accommodation in an authentic setting...

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Forget the Mediterranean coast, forget the slopes of Courchevel, Anthony Peregrine has spoken; Biarritz has the accolade "the classiest resort in France"...

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