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The capital of the region is Bordeaux (think wine). It is divided up into the departments of the Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and the Pyrenees-Atlantiques. Wine is the economic mainstay of the area.
The area benefits from the Gulf Stream making it quite mild. The region has many hours of sun and rainfall distributed evenly throughout the year.
The region is served by the airports of Bordeaux, Pau, Biarritz and Bergerac. It also has a good rail network which includes the TGV Atlantique. The road network is also very comprehensive.
Other major cities in the area are Pau, Bayonne, Mont-de-Marsan, Biarritz, Bergerac and Perigueux.
Places of note in the area include: the Chateau Margaux, the Roque St-Christophe, The Botanic Garden at Bordeaux, the caves of Perigord and the adventure forest at Montalivet.
Truly remarkable discoveries made in 1940 are the prehistoric cave paintings in the Caves of Lascaux. The paintings themselves are not on view as a protective measure. You may view an exact duplication at the site though.
If you would like some regional celebrations and festivals, try for example, the Bordeaux Fete Vin during the last week in June. The fete is held on the banks of the river Garonne in the town’s huge square. You may get a pass called a ‘tasting pass’ means you can taste the wines of the area. There are also various events held throughout the duration. Visit the web site: http://www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin.com/uk/programme/index.html
There is a surfing festival in Biarritz every year at the end of June through the beginning of July. Concerts and art exhibitions are also held at this time.
At Eymet, every August for 2 days the Itinerance Medievale en Vallee du Dropt, a medieval fair is held with a torchlight walk on Saturday night as well as entertainment and a medieval market on the following Sunday. This is an annual festival and events are held all over the area. For more information: http://www.medieval.dropt.org/
At Perigueux in the summer the annual Festival of Mime is held all over the town in various al fresco venues. http://www.mimos.fr
The annual Festival du Pays d’Ans is held in the summer which features classical and jazz concerts in various towns and villages in the area. http://www.echappee-belle.net/
Bordeaux's museums open for free for one night in spring. The Nuits des Musees offers a chance to whizz round the city's finest temporary and permanent collections until 1am. http://nuitdesmusees.culture.fr/
Libourne hosts the Fest’Arts which is an annual international festival of street Arts held in the summer. Companies and representatives of street theatre, arts, dance, music and shows. Free entry. http://www.festarts.com/
Luxey hosts an annual festival called the Musicalarue which is a festival of music, concerts and street theatre at different venues in the village. http://www.musicalarue.com/
Agen has the honour of hosting The Grand Pruneau Show.Tribite to the prune will be made by way of concerts and events. http://www.grandpruneaushow.fr/
The Bataille de Castillon is reenacted during the summer. More than 500 actors, riders and stuntmen take part. http://www.batailledecastillon.com/Batlle_of_Castillon.htm
Miramont de Guyenne hosts the Bastid’Art in August, it is an international festival of street theatre circus and music. http://www.ville-miramontdeguyenne.fr/Html/V%20bastidart%202008%20presentation.html
Sos has its Art and Music en Sos which is an annual festival. http://www.sosmusicfestival.com/
At Villeneuve sur Lot you will be able to visit the Village des Terroirs during the summer annually.Where after 1800 there will be stands with a variety of goods for sale and music and concerts from 2030 at the Place Lafayette. http://villeneuve.abci.fr/tourisme.php
Summer at Pau is an event held every summer with free jazz, rock and pop concerts.
Sports and activities
Sports and activities in the area include mountain bike hiking, archery, water-skiing, gliding, fishing, horse-riding and hiking. Also available are fresh water sea cures (thallasotherapy).
Barge holidays on the canal network which includes the Canal du Midi, Canal de Garonne and Canal des Landes are a marvellous way to explore the region and its food and wine.
Wine-tasting tours in the Aquitaine are available as are courses in painting and cooking in most parts of the region.
Food and Wine
Bordeaux is famous for its red wine. The areas of Pomerol, Saint Emilion, Graves and the Medoc are where some of the grapes are grown. A white wine called Sauternes is also from the region. Bordeaux is the home of a fortified wine called Lillet.
Brandy is produced in the Armagnac region, and Bergerac in the Dordogne.
Pates such as fois gras and pate Basque are found in the region and the Dordogne produces wonderful truffles. Try Cassoulet or Confit de canard.