Aquitaine Holiday Homes
When families are in search of a relaxing holiday filled with cultural attractions in a beautiful setting, or couples are in search of a romantic break that will allow them to get away from it all and enjoy each other’s company on a leisurely holiday, France is often the first destination to come to mind. Well-known for its bucolic countryside, beautiful beaches, world-class skiing, extraordinary castles, and exceptional shopping and cuisine, it is easy to see why so many people choose to return to France year after year. When searching for French gites for their holiday accommodation, an increasing number of visitors are opting for self catering villas and apartments, which allow them to enjoy the comforts of home and the convenience of fully-equipped kitchens, on-site laundry facilities and privacy that cannot be matched by hotels.
Visitors who want to see a different side of France that still contains untouched areas and is not as packed with tourists as some regions should consider a holiday in the region of Aquitaine, which is sometimes colloquially referred to as the Other South of France. The name, which translates from Latin to mean land of water is a perfect description for this picturesque region that boasts a beautiful coastline, as well as numerous inland lakes and three major rivers. Private Aquitaine accommodation is abundant, making this region an ideal destination for those interested in Aquitaine villas for a self catering family holiday or couple’s retreat.
Perhaps best known for wine and foie gras, the two major exports of this region, Aquitaine is also home to prehistoric caves, numerous castles, old-world villages, part of the Pyrenees mountain range, museums, beautiful Renaissance mansions, seaside resorts and France’s Basque country. The capital city of Bordeaux is reason enough to visit this region, particularly for those who enjoy wine tasting and touring local vineyards and wineries. As a port city situated on the Garonne River, Bordeaux has a rich, diverse history and is home to many historic homes, 18th century architecture and several cultural festivals throughout the year. Those who choose an Aquitaine gite in Bordeaux for their holiday in France are sure to enjoy the romantic landscape, nearby vineyards and easy access to many of Aquitaine’s attractions.
The department of Dordogne, located within the Aquitaine region, is one of the most popular choices for those seeking French gites in this area. Dordogne is home to over 1,500 castles, exquisite local wines and cuisine, numerous prehistoric sites, and rich culture and history, all of which has come together to make this third largest department in France a top choice for visitors in search of a self catering Aquitaine gite for their next holiday.
If you have yet to visit the Aquitaine region and are not familiar with its most popular towns, some of the top choices for renting self catering Aquitaine villas and French gites include Bergerac, Nontron, Gavaudun, Pellegrue, Veyrignac, Soulac sur Mer, Coly, Sarlat, Agen, Marquay and Mimizan. Wherever you choose to rent a private Aquitaine house, you will find that many attractions are within close proximity to most Aquitaine accommodation, including day excursions or weekend trips into Spain.