The region

Landes, THE NATURAL XL

Benefiting from an exceptional environment, the Landes are a paradise for those seeking nature and authenticity.
The coastline consists of almost 106 km of single track, the largest forest in Europe, lakes, ponds and rivers, the rich heritage and gastronomic contribute to its natural appeal as well as sports activities that are proposed such as surfing, golfing, sailing or hiking.
The Landes is also a country where traditions of the festival makes sense, when the weather arrived.
Near Soustons, a little further south, two cities really deserve a visit: Hossegor and Capbreton.
Hossegor is backed by an emerald forest, caressed by the ocean, surrounded by a shimmering lake sailor and an endless beach of fine sand and reflects the prestige of a long tradition of hospitality. Architectural jewel of the Aquitaine Coast, European capital of surfing paradise of golf related in any elegance, intelligence Hossegor preserves its past and opens onto what the future offers better.
Capbreton, city living and shopping, is the only port of the Landes. Port or hotelling, he welcomes sailors all year. Do not miss the fish market next to the Harbour, which takes place every day: choice and freshness guaranteed!
Welcome to the Landes XL!

Bearn and the Basque Country

After separating the Adour Landes Atlantic Pyrenees, south of Soustons, near Spain, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees, between city and country of royal lands, get ready to meet original in Béarn and the Basque country .
They are pilgrims on their way to Saint Jacques de Compostela, Bearn shepherds, fishermen in St. Jean de Luz, producer of cheese Ossau-Iraty or pelota players ... All invite you to experience a unique country.
Bearn and the Basque Country combines it all: the fresh air and ocean waves, a concentrate of sights to visit or eat: Pau, walk on the Boulevard des Pyrénées, view from the top of the Rhune , history of fishing on the old port, red and white party, tasting squid, ham, cakes and peppers to the Basque accent ... All accompanied by wines famous, the "vigorous" in Madiran "great seducer" Jurançon, without forgetting the wines Basque Irouleguy.
Unavoidable, the historic city of Bayonne, which does not lack character. Just as the Basque Country it is the economic capital. A country where red and white houses cling to the green hills and the ocean, always an invitation to travel. A land of contrasts, ocean land, the Basque country is still "this part of France where happiness flourishes, where one knows in advance the joys of Paradise" as imagined the Prince of Light, Luis Mariano, who carried the colors. He who did his best to Bayonne statement offering him a song: my love Bayonne. "Bayonne is calling you, answer him now!"
Biarritz is one of the most famous resorts on the Atlantic coast. Nearby Bayonne and St. Jean de Luz, the town welcomes lovers of winter sports, it is coveted for its thalassotherapy stays and golf competitions. Biarritz has its inevitable that it is imperative to visit: the rock of the virgin, the museum of the sea, the lighthouse ... Able to receive prestigious visitors, the resort has retained a tradition of hospitality with its luxury hotels, boutique hotels, its shops, its casino.
St Jean de Luz is the most popular resort ocean of the Basque coast, close to Biarritz, Bayonne and the Spanish border. You can visit the church where the Sun King married Maria Theresa in 1660, the house of their wedding night. At the beach, near the fishing harbor, stands the noble mansions, old mansions and villas Shipowners neo-Basque.
 
 Most streets are pedestrian. For fans of shopping, it's paradise: small colorful shops, the latest fashions to traditional crafts, you can find everything. On the Place Louis XIV, the artists display their work around the bandstand. It is not uncommon for a Basque choir come enliven the cocktails and coffee.

Treasures of Bordeaux

Also in the Aquitaine region but north of Soustons, 1h30 drive, discover the Bordeaux region. All periods, all architectural styles are represented: Gallo-Roman, Romanesque churches, medieval fortresses and castles of the nineteenth century seaside resorts coexist with more contemporary achievements, such Frugès the city designed by Le Corbusier in Pessac, or very futuristic High Court of Bordeaux.
The discovery of the architectural heritage Gironde must go with the visit of Bordeaux, a city classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which has the privilege of hosting the largest conservation area and the greatest neoclassical facade of the eighteenth century throughout Europe.
For 2000 years already, the story of the Gironde is intimately linked to that of its vineyards. The first vines were planted in the Graves region in the first century AD for an indisputable result today ... The favorable climate and soil suitable for cultivation of the vine and the Gironde are a dream destination by wine lovers. This unique viticultural area is also distinguished by a variety of vineyards and production: great wines of world renown, distinctive wines, fresh and fruity, red, pink, white, sparkling, brandies, liquors ...

Euskadi, the Spanish Basque Country

Finally to finish your visit to our region of South West, take the time to cross the border. Bordered by the Gulf of Biscay scented ocean, the Spanish Basque Country offers another side of Spain. The Pyrenean summits covered with snow through the green hills are dotted cities with a prestigious past: San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander ... Do not miss!