Discover Bordeaux and beyond with Greens & Grapes! The region of Aquitaine is vast and offers a diverse range of scenery, from mountains to beaches. From Bordeaux, the capital of the region, you can climb the top of the Dune Du Pylat, play golf in the Medoc and ski in the Pyrenees all in one day!
From the grand facades of neo-classical 18th-century buildings and the wide and winding Garonne River to its cutesy boutiques and fine dining bistros and contemporary cafes, you will be spoilt for choice for places to visit. After twenty years of transformation, the city now dazzles: it has been granted World Heritage status and voted ‘The Best’.
Cité du Vin
One of the must-see attractions is the spectacular Cité du Vin, opened in June 2016, a cultural centre and museum dedicated to wine, offering tourists new interactive experiences.
About 35 kilometres East of Bordeaux is the picturesque area of Saint-Emilion, one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, narrow hilly streets lead you to fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins via underground catacombs dug into the hilly limestone.
Visit the medieval Saint-Emilion is a must! Dive into the history of the medieval city of Saint-Émilion by visiting one of its most picturesque monuments: the Cordeliers’ cloister. Listed as a Historical Monument, this relic of architecture presenting styles from the Romanesque, Gothic and Modern periods is full of history. Go down the galleries to the 17 meter deep underground caves to understand the traditional method of preparation of the Cordeliers’ sparkling wines.
Follow the tour by visiting the Monolithic church and suck the atmosphere by walking the town beautiful cobbled streets. If you have little time, we highly recommend you book a guided tour by going to the Tourist Board in the heart of the town.
Less than an hour southwest from Bordeaux is the stunning bay of Arcachon, one of the largest natural bays in France with Pilat the biggest dune in Europe. Voted the second most beautiful beach in the World by the Guardian in February 2016, the bay is famous for its preserved natural beauty, charming villages, oyster farms and eateries.
Take a boat ride from Arcachon town to Cap-Ferret. There, you can visit the famous lighthouse and stop for a glass of wine and some oysters. Cap-Ferret is one of the most visited beaches in Arcachon and gives you the most beautiful view of Dune du Pylat.
A boat trip on the Arcachon bay eating oysters and drinking entre-deux-mers white wine!
Traveling south of Arcachon, you can discover the many attractions of the Landes; a plethora of long, uncrowded sandy beaches and pretty pine forests perfect for walking and cycling await. Then there’s the striking landscape of Dordogne, as well as the unique beauty of the Basque country, overlooked by the imposing Pyrenees.
Visit the Lighthouse of Contis near Mimizan to get one hand the immensity of the ocean, the other the vast Landes forest; in between, a longer cord and sandy dunes. With its tower of 38 meters, it is the only lighthouse of the Landes hoisted his lantern 50 meters above the sea level.
Whether you’re based in Bordeaux or Biarritz, great golf courses and great beaches are within easy reach of each other to ensure rest and relaxation at every stage of your holiday in south west France. And Les Landes is one of the best regions half way to enjoy the best surf and turf holiday. We advise you book yourself a one-hour surf course in Soorts-Hossegor the thriving surf spot with an international reputation for its great waves and competitions. See more.
The best way to discover the Basque Country on either side of the Pyrenees along slide the Atlantic coast is to spend the time to visit the French and Spanish towns and beautiful countryside. Everything invites you to discover its history, nature and its unique culture. And all of this, accompanied by its incomparable wine and gastronomy.
The contrasting styles of Bayonne and Biarritz are worth discovering if you come and visit the French Basque Country. The seaside resort of Biarritz is an elegant getaway ever since Napoléon III and his wife Eugénie arrived during the mid-19th century. The elegant villas and listed art-deco residences are worth visiting. Further North only ten minutes away from Biarritz is Bayonne a fortified city with great history you can discover at the museum of Basque History.
If you only have a day to spend to visit The Basque Country, we recommend you spend the morning in Saint-Jean-De-Luz and Biarritz and have lunch in San Sebastian. Walk around the old town and try the famous local tapas Pintxos going from bar to bar.
Inland just one hour away from Bordeaux is the vast region of Dordogne reputed for its variety and beauty: with the most picturesque villages in France (Rocamadour, Sarlat, Bergerac to name a few), discover the heart of French heritage and charm.
The Dordogne features an impressive built heritage: Romanesque churches, farms, wine estates, manors and of course the ‘1001 castles’ that the Dordogne is known for. Perched high above the Dordogne Valley, Beynac castle conceals splendid fortified dwellings that face off with Castelnaud castle’s stout towers. Don’t miss Hautefort castle, surrounded by classical French-style gardens; Monbazillac castle, in the heart of the vineyards… And the list goes on.
We highy recommend you visit the prehistorical cave of Lascaux in Perigord. The copy of Lascaux is situated 200m away from the original cave, up a hill overlooking Montignac, in the heart of the Vézère Valley and is listed as World heritage by UNESCO thanks to its many prehistoric sites.
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If you’re a foodie with a hunger for fine dining and a thirst for fine wines, you will be spoilt for choice during your holiday with Greens & Grapes. Have a look at our selection of food and wines !