Departments:  Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot et Garonne, Pyrénées Atlantiques

Situated in the south-west corner of the country, Aquitaine is possibly France’s most diverse region. It has over 200km of coastline, stretching from the mouth of the Gironde estuary in the north to Spain in the south, with mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches. There are two large seaside resorts here: Arcachon with its enormous sand dune and smart villas, and Biarritz further south which is again becoming fashionable.

The region has many other fascinating cities, including Bordeaux with its awe-inspiring architecture, varied cultural events and great shopping. Bayonne, close to the Spanish border, has a different character altogether with its busy port and lovely cathedral.

Yet despite these vibrant and thriving cities, much of region is rural. The Landes department comprises over a million hectares of pine forest, and there are small villages on the salt marshes which have changed little over time. The region also covers part of the Pyrénées mountain range, with opportunities for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. The foothills are lush and green, with chalet-style houses further up the slopes. Further inland is the Dordogne department which, despite being well-loved by the British and receiving a good level of tourist income, is relatively unpopulated and economically poor.

Agriculture has long been important to the economy of Aquitaine. The areas around Bordeaux and St Emilion are home to some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards, and the region is well-known for its fruits, vegetables and tobacco. The forests of the Landes produce timber and Arcachon oysters are well regarded. There are also many high-tech industries around the bigger cities bringing prosperity to the region.

The climate here varies: it is generally mild and sunny around Bordeaux and the coast, and wetter closer to the mountains. Inland temperatures can be much colder in the winter months.

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