Nouvelle Aquitaine Vacations

Aquitaine is one of the oldest regions of France. It shares its southern border with Spain. The region is also one of the most prominent wine regions in France with 1,000's of acreage dedicated to the production of wine. The capital of Aquitaine is the historic city of Bordeaux and it's influence in upon the history of wine is felt through the whole region of Aquitiane. Each year over 700,000 bottles of wine are produced just in the Bordeaux wine area and they include dry white, sweet white and a red claret. The Dorgone is a department within Aquitaine and in that region there are over 1,500 castles. The Dorgone was historically known as the Perigord in the 1700's. Within that region are three main towns known for their medieval centres: Bergerac, Sarlat, and Perigueux. The Perigord is also famous for the world renown caves of Lascaux which depict a cave painting of a horse that is belived to have been painted over 17,300 years ago. Another historic building in the region, is the Cadouin Abbey, which was founded in 1115 and has been run by the Cistercian monks as part of the pilgrim route to Compostella.

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GEOGRAPHY OF NOUVELLE AQUITAINE VACATIONS

Aquitaine stretches northward along the west coast of France beginning at the Spanish border and facing the Atlantic Ocean. The southern border is framed by the Pyrenees Mountains. Through the region are numerous rivers: Garonne River with a length of 374 miles. The area is highly agricultural and has a low population density. The region is famous for their Bordeaux wines and walnuts cultivated in the Dordogne region. The historic Perigord region is world famous for it's truffles and pâtés de fois gras. The beaches of Aquitaine stretch for over 200 km and are known as Côte d'Argent, or Silver coast.


HISTORY OF NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FRANCE VACATIONS

The area was known as "Gaul" under Julius Cesare's reige and then Roman emperor Augustus made it a Roman administrative district. The Visigoths were an East Germanic tribe that took control during the 5th century of Spain and France.

It was during 1152 that Bordeaux became aligned in England when Henry Plantagenet (Henry II King of England) married Eleanor of Aquitaine that the Aquitaine region and their wine fell under control of England. It was their marriage which help make England a world power with England owning more land in France than the King of France. Their marriage produced two famous sons; Richard I ‘The Lionheart’ and John I ‘Lackland’. Bordeaux and the vineyards remained under British control until 1453 when France finally reclaimed the land.

CULTURE NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FRANCE VACATIONS

The culture of Aquitaine is centered around agricultural industries and tourism. The agricultural products are their famous Bordeaux wines, oysters, truffles, and foie grass. And a new emerging product - caviar. Tourism is also very popular in Aquitain with over 1,000 chateaus located in the Dordogne area.

Beynac-et-Cazenac is the village that was the setting for the film 2001 fil Chocolat and 1998 Drew Barrymore film Ever After.

LANDMARKS OF NOUVELLE AQUITAINE VACATIONS

* St Emilion is a small village that is world famous for it's delicious wine. It is a small wine-making village with narrow streets and unique underground 'monolithic' church.

* The city of Bordeaux, a UNESCO world heritage site has charming 18th century architecture and also capital

* Lascaux Caves another UNESCO world heritage site with prehistoric cave paintings.

* Sarlat is a charming and quaint village with buildings dating back to medieval times.

* The Aquitaine vineyards are world famous. The main vineyards are located along the Gironde estuary and northwest of Bordeaux

* Dordogne River Valley - has beautiful old castles: Château de Beynac and the Castle of Castelnaud.

* Rohan Palace - Located in Bordeaux, it was built in 1771 - 1774, it was initially the residence of the Archbishop of Bordeaux until the French Revolution.

* Perigueux, the capital of gastronomy, has a cathedral that was built in the 12th century.

* Musée Bonnat-Helleu, located in Bayonne has a collection of art work from famous artists such as Goya, El Greco, Ingres, David, Géricault, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Rubens.

* Pau - The birthplace of King Henri IV, has castles and art galleries.

* Stop in and visit the beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac in Vezac along with views of the views of the Dordogne River. Enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Place de la Comedie in Bordeaux or indulge in some theater tickets overseen by the Grand Theatre and performed by the Bordeaux National Opera. Explore the charming Basque village of La Bastide Clairence noted for their local artisans. Take a canoe trip down the Dordogne River and visit the picturesque town of La Roque Gageac and indulge is some beautiful French countryside scenery.