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Aquitaine, often spelt Acquitaine by the British, encompasses Gascony and Girond.
The region stretches from the mouth of the mighty Gironde river where it flows into
the Atlantic north of Bordeaux down to the Spanish border south of Biarritz. It's
a region with something for everyone. The coast is mainly flat and backs onto the
pine forests of Les Landes, where the trees give welcome shade from the southern
sun. The largely flat forest is great for walking and cycling.
Fringing the wide sandy beaches are impressive sand-dunes, including the largest
sand-dune in Europe, the Dune du Pilat near Arcachon. The coastal towns of Arcachon,
Lacanau-Oc�an and Capbreton, amongst others, serve the needs of the many holiday-makers.
Bordeaux in the North is well known as the centre for the French wine industry,
and the countryside around offers many opportunities for wine-tasting. Bordeaux
is a busy historic city and well worth a day trip. Further south Biarritz enjoys
a reputation as a chic resort, and although this is still true to an extent, it
has also become a mecca for surfers trying to catch the excellent Atlantic rollers
for which the region is famous. Just before reaching Spain the old town of Bayonne
is steeped in history, and St Jean de Luz is a pretty harbour town.
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Gascony is not difficult to reach especially if you take one of the
Brittany Ferries crossings.
It's a 5 and a half hour drive (not including stops) from St Malo, or about an extra
hour from Caen. Check the route on our
route planner where you can also
click to book an overnight hotel stop.