Simply relax and soak up the sun or embrace the surf in this picturesque southwestern region of France. Mild spring and autumn temperatures bookend warm summers, making this a great choice for a family holiday throughout much of the year. 

Families with older children and teenagers in tow will particularly enjoy the wide range of watersports and beach-based activities on offer, with the Atlantic breeze creating perfect wave conditions along the coast.

There is also plenty to do inland, whereby pine forests and diverse scenery are discoverable via numerous cycle paths, while those in search for gourmet delights will not want to miss the famous eateries of Bordeaux, where seafood and local wine blend perfectly.


Recommended wine region
Great spot for surfing
Family-friendly beaches


Hidden Gem: St. Jean de Luz

Whilst staying in this region a visit to St Jean de Luz is a must. This fabulous walled fishing port is filled with charm, and located between Biarritz and the Spanish border.

Old Favourite: Bayonne

The regional capital of le Pays Basque in France features its trademark cobbled streets, impressive cathedral, and even chocolate covered chillies to be bought from food street sellers.

Local Cuisine: Gaufres

French waffles were originally served with sugar and orange blossom with recipes dating back to 1740. Today though, try with chocolate and whipped cream. Delicious!

What to See & Do: Sanguinet

Windsurfing on the lakes of Sanguinet in the heart of the largest European pine forest. With the sun setting and breeze kicking in, it's relaxing and exhilarating!

Festivals & Events: Balfork

Dancing to folk music has been gaining popularity since the 1970’s. The signature dances come primarily from the French tradition.

Beaches & Lakes: Atlantic coast beaches

The beaches on the Atlantic coast offer some of the best surfing. Popular with surfers from all over the world and known as ‘the Silver Coast’.


Where is Aquitane?

Previously a medieval kingdom of the nation, Aquitaine can be found in the south west corner of France. Aquitaine overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the west and shares a border and a section of the Pyrenees mountain range with Spain to the south.   

What's the weather like in Aquitaine?

Long, warm summer days with an average temperature of 22 degrees at this time of year making the region a safe bet when looking for a beach getaway for the family. Over 2,200 total sunshine hours each year are part of a pleasant med climate. 

What is Aquitaine famous for?

Aquitaine boasts a lengthy regal history, which can be seen today in the form of elegant castles and cathedrals, as well as in the scattering of châteaux vineyards and traditional stone structures dating back to the middle ages. Aside from its architecture, wine connoisseurs can sample the world famous red wines, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - you may well find a new favourite to take back home!