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Between ocean, mountains and volcanos, the Nouvelle Aquitaine (New Aquitaine) will know to seduce you with its diversified natural heritage! You will let you enjoy high touristic places by visiting cities full of history like Bordeaux, Bayonne, Périgueux, or medieval cities such as Saint-Emillon or the Old Port of La Rochelle and many seaside resorts such as Biarritz, Royan or Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, Nouvelle-Aquitaine is sure to delight all those with an interest in French history. Particularly fascinating are the prehistoric sites and 25 decorated caves of the Vézère valley, which include the famous Lascaux Cave Paintings in Montignac and the Venus of Laussel in Marquay. The region is also home to the eight-town commune of Saint-Émilion, the very first wine area to be certified a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the New Aquitaine, do not hesitate to visit the city of Bordeaux, this is the largest and most complex urban development ever registered. Do not miss the Vauban’s citadels in the New Aquitaine (fortified buildings constructed along France's northern, eastern and western borders by Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), the King Louis XVI’s military architect. The Ile de Ré’s citadel or the citadel of Blaye were built to protect the city and port of Bordeaux.
Beaches lovers, discover the Arcachon bay, not far from Bordeaux. If you are looking for new flavours? Find many local specialties such as the Arcachon’s oyster, Agen prunes, Perigord truffle, Bayonne Ham and several other several products.
Situated between the peninsula of Lège-Cap-Ferret, the Dune du Pilat and the Delta de la Leyre, and at the entrance to the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park, Arcachon Bay is the perfect peaceful getaway destination. Lovers of Arcachon oysters can explore the surrounding oyster villages and taste the delicacies straight from the fresh, salty water, while nature enthusiasts can embark on walking tours, biking tours or boat trips, hike in the nearby pine forest, or take walks across the bay’s long, sandy beaches.
Just a few miles from the Dune du Pilat, Arcachon Bay, the Atlantic beaches and the region’s famous vineyards, stop off in the city of Bordeaux, a must-see for any visitor to Nouvelle-Aquitaine. With an area of around 1810 hectares, Bordeaux has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. The city houses more than 350 edifices of religious heritage associated with the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James.