Nouvelle-Aquitaine & Bordeaux
Wine lovers will find themselves in paradise in Bordeaux, as the region is home to some of the most prestigious vineyards and wineries in the world. Visitors can explore the renowned wine-growing areas of Médoc, Saint-Émilion, and Graves, where they can taste exquisite wines and learn about the winemaking process.
Only about an hour and a half drive from Bordeaux, you will find the Dordogne known for its charming and picturesque villages, such as Sarlat and Rocamadour. The Dordogne region is a delightful destination for any visitor. Travel to Dordogne and enjoy varied landscapes, from leafy forests to rolling hills and charming medieval villages as well as the excellent cuisine.
The Languedoc region with its main city Toulouse, also called the ‘Pink City’, is the door to Spain. Lourdes is a centre of religious tourism and Carcassonne is home to one of the most impressive medieval Cathar castles in France.
Also famous in the region is the Canal du Midi which links numerous canals and rivers that shaped France’s history and trade, and is one of Europe’s most scenic waterways and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Follow Canal du Midi and you’ll find yourself face to face with ancient fortresses, hilltop villages, walled cities and medieval towns nestled in the most spectacular of landscapes in South West France. This amazing green serpent of France snakes through 328 locks, bridges, aqueducts, tunnels and other structures, and flows through Haute Garonne, Aude and Hérault.
When to visit
The Southwest of France enjoys a favourable location bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Pyrenees mountain range in the south and the Massif Central in center-north.
This area usually enjoys warm winters with four genuine seasons. It can be wet 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.