Sea, mountains, countryside, a great river, a magnificent capital city... You'd be hard pressed to sum up Aquitaine! Entire countries cannot match the diversity of this single region, which is one that will appeal to fans of historical old buildings, sports enthusiasts of all types, hardened hikers, the finest of gourmets and the trendiest of city-dwellers. Enjoy astonishing panoramic views from the Basque peak of Larrun, climb to the top of the Dune du Pilat, cycle through the green habitat of the Landes Forest, sample a little foie gras along with that last drop of Sauternes, treat yourself to a surfing session in the waves at Hossegor, go back in time in the Lascaux Caves, lose yourself in the little streets of Périgueux Old Town: almost anything is possible in the South-West. Be aware that you can't see it all in a week if you want to do justice to Sarlat and the Bordeaux vineyards, the city of Bordeaux and the Ossau Valley. If you want to get to know Aquitaine in all its glory, you may well be obliged to return!
A cinema in an old church, a warehouse converted into a cooperative garage, a concert-boat – Bordeaux is full of unusual venues that can easily slip by unnoticed should you be exploring its streets for the first time. To discover them, take the time to venture into the suburbs far from the touristy city centre.