Alternative Aquitaine Blog

Sweltering September

Sweltering September image

Even in Britain it feels like the summer has been extended but anyone holidaying in SW France this month will have returned home with an impressive sun-tan. I just checked out some weather stats (it is Friday afternoon after all) and note that in Mont-de-Marsan (just inland from Hossegor) it's currently 34 deg and the daily max temp

Late Summer & Early Autumn in Aquitaine

Late Summer & Early Autumn in Aquitaine image

September & October in Aquitaine are perfect months for golf, surfing, cycling & walking, food & wine festivals, and lots more. The sea is still warm, and it's easy to park or book a restaurant table - it's owners' favourite time to go when they can! We've picked out some fantastic places for enjoying a lovely time of year - take a look at our Late Summer Aquitaine Holiday picks

The new sign on French menus

The new sign on French menus image

Spotted this news article (new 'home-made' sign on French menus) on the web earlier and thought it would be a good message to spread around as many clients are about to embark on their French holiday. The logo testifies that your food is home-made on the premises - a law designed to uphold French culinary traditions was passed

Family cycling in Biscarrosse

Family cycling in Biscarrosse image

There are 50km of cycle routes around Biscarrosse, safely connecting the forest, the dunes and the sea. There is a route connecting Biscarrosse Plage to Biscarrosse Villa via the north lake. The hills can be a surprise but the views are magnificent. The route extends to the stunning Dune du Pilat at the Bay of Arcachon. For

New Bordeaux Wine Pass & Tasting Tour

New Bordeaux Wine Pass & Tasting Tour image

For those of you who enjoy a little degustation on holiday, Bordeaux 360 (bdx-360.com) organises wine tours with tastings for small groups, covering the major appellations of Bordeaux. Meanwhile, the Bordeaux Wine Experience Pass (price: €55) lets you visit four chateaux. Purchas your pass from the Bordeaux Tourist Office

Biarritz beach - TripAdvisor's best in France!

Biarritz beach - TripAdvisor's best in France! image

The famous Biarritz surfing beach 'Plage Cote des Basques' is the Travellers' Choice winner of 2014 on TripAdvisor. This wonderful beach claimed top spot in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in France for its "breathtaking views and its really beautiful sunsets". 

Beach house heaven!

Beach house heaven! image

We've just taken on a lovely new Hossegor beach house with direct access to la Piste beach. It's available all summer! Discover more at Villa des Sablons

AA goes live with Feefo Reviews

AA goes live with Feefo Reviews image

We've been successfully running an in-house customer survey for years but what we really wanted was to make these reviews public on an independent reviews website. At the same time, people researching a holiday want to see what others are saying about destinations, holiday rentals and travel companies. So, we've signed up with Feefo

The Ideal Family Resort Beach - St Jean de Luz

St Jean de Luz

The Daily Telegraph's travel experts choose their 5 favourite French beaches, with St Jean de Luz winning the 'Ideal family resort beach' category, thanks to its 'soft sand, clean water and facilities'...

Cap Ferret vs Cap Ferrat

Brasserie Cap Ferret

Enjoyed this witty and informative article in the Sunday Times, written by Anthony Peregrine. Particularly enjoyed the quiz! Oh, and the winner of this contest? Aquitaine's Cap Ferret bien sur! It's A-list France, minus the attitude, says Anthony Peregrine

Polar vortex? Not in the Basque Country!

Polar vortex? Not in the Basque Country! image

There's currently much 'polar vortex' talk on the other side of the Atlantic. Well, things are little more balmy in the Bay of Biscay where it's +20 degrees today - yes, that's shorts & t-shirt weather. The meteorologists and amateur weathermen amongst you will of course have put this down to the foehn effect. We salute you.

Je vous remercie, Michael Portillo...

Je vous remercie, Michael Portillo... image

...For showcasing the Aquitaine resorts of Arcachon and Biarritz on BBC1 last Sunday evening. Catch up on this episode from Michael Portillo's Railway Journeys on the BBC iPlayer, but beware of one scene viewers may find distressing  - Michael in his Victorian bathing costume taking to the waters of Arcachon :)    

Tour de France villas in Aquitaine

Tour de France villas in Aquitaine image

Road cycling is a passion of ours and Justin is often found roaming the hills of East Devon (particularly now he's downloaded the addictive Strava App). In keeping with tradition, Le Tour 2014 has a couple of brutal Pyrenees stages including Pau-Hautacam on 24 July. The rolling hills of Gascony will be a welcome relief on the

Hossegor je t'adore!

Hossegor je t'adore! image

I managed to schedule my Autumn trip to coincide with the Quiksilver Pro surf comp at Hossegor, naturally. After a few days' absence, the swell arrived overnight Tuesday and a lot of frustrated surfers took to the waters on Wednesday. Alas, I was busy working but caught glimpses of the 2m waves on offer at Hossegor (Gravière),

Four go to Cornwall

Four go to Cornwall image

The AA Team (Alex, Claire, Helen, Justin) has just returned from its annual company 'away day' celebrating the end of another great summer season. The venue this year was The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth and what a fabulous place it is too (the pic shows the view from one of the bedrooms). After a productive few hours of business

Great Ocean Roads - Basque Country

St Jean de Luz

Writing in the Sunday Times, Vincent Crump picks six of the most spectacular driving routes in Europe, including our very own Basque Country. The following is an extract from his article which appeared in the Sunday Times. Driving holidays come no more glamorous than in the beautiful Basque Country...

Somewhere only we go

Somewhere only we go image

We'd heard on the grapevine about Framissima Nature in Soustons, so Justin popped in recently to take a look around and meet the team. Sometimes when you make a visit to a new place, you know almost instantly that it just feels right. It's a real buzz when that happens and it's something we aspire for clients to feel when they

Kelly's a hero!

Kelly Slater Hossegor

 Only a couple of months to go before the ASP Pro Surf Tour arrives again in Hossegor. Kelly Slater is reigning champ and this veteran of the waves is on good form having already bagged victories in Australia and Fiji this season. If you want to hire the coolest apartment to watch the waves then check out Les Grandes Vagues

New in Cap Ferret - les Cabanes du Boque

New in Cap Ferret - les Cabanes du Boque image

Cap Ferret is one of our most asked-for destinations but good quality accommodation is notoriously hard to come by. That's why we are delighted to be taking on Les Cabanes du Boque, a lovely venue in the pine trees, 150m from the Plage des Américains and a short walk from the village centre...

Au revoir Aquitaine

Au revoir Aquitaine image

Sadly now back in the UK after a glorious few days basking in Aquitaine’s hot sunshine. Highlights of my latest visit included setting a P.B. of FIVE gateaux Basques (avec confiture, bien sur) consumed on this trip, an excellent gambas lunch with Ed Gruson at Bar Jean in Biarritz, and falling into a water hazard at midnight on my

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