The Nouvelle Aquitaine consists of the former regions of Aquitaine, Charente and Limousin, all merged into a new and very large super-region. Think about this region as ‘the South West by the Ocean’, bordered at the south by the Pyrénées mountains and the atlantic coast to the west.
This area usually enjoys warm winters, four 'proper' seasons, it can be damp in some places because of the influence of the gulf stream, the ocean and the mountains to the south, but it enjoys plenty of sunshine in the summer months.
It is famous for the Pyrénées, its superb food, classic wines and specialities, slower pace of life, the stone properties and manoirs, beaches perfect for surfers, rugby history, classic Tour de France climbs and mountains for skiers or hikers, all accessible thanks to a good choice of international airports (Bergerac, Bordeaux, Brive...) and train stations.
Nouvelle Aquitaine is a prime destination for Europeans who want to relocate to France, boasting beautiful beaches on the Atlantic and stunning peaks on the Pyrénées mountain range. The region is known for its delicious lamb, sourced from hillside flocks in the Pyrénées, which is often used in stews made with seasonal produce such as wild mushrooms from Périgord and fresh vegetables from Landes, Gers, and Lot-et-Garonne. The Basque Country is renowned for its seafood, while the whole region has plenty of restaurants that serve fish from the Bay of Biscay, oysters from Arcachon, world-famous foie gras, and locally made hard and soft ewe’s milk cheeses.
The meandering Dordogne river is a haven for sporting and outdoor enthusiasts, surrounded by deep gorges and rapids that offer endless opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. Along the river, quaint Perigourdine houses sit beneath golden cliffs, their steep roofs reflected in the flowing water. La Roque-Gageac is a beautiful place to visit, thanks to its exotic palms and cacti that thrive on the gorge face. Nouvelle Aquitaine also extends across the Pyrénées Atlantiques, where visitors can enjoy even more outdoor adventures, the possibilties are almost endless.
We can't talk about a region that includes Bordeaux, Cognac, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, and Margaux without mentioning French wine. Saint-Emilion, a picturesque medieval village, has an impressive winemaking heritage. The vineyards that stretch from Bordeaux to Garonne produce Medoc, Sauternes, and Bergerac, and the region is dotted with hundreds of small independent growers and large vineyards that export the world over.
The Nouvelle Aquitaine region is composed of twelve departments, including the Gironde, the Dordogne, Charente, Lot-et-Garonne and Pyrénées-Atlantiques, just to name a few, each with it’s own traditions, culture and history. The capital city of Nouvelle Aquitaine is Bordeaux, the other main cities of the region are Périgueux, Bergerac, Limoges, Angouleme, Agen and Pau.
Click on the links on the left to learn about each department of this beautiful region in southwest France, and see all our properties in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.