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Your holidays, you rather picture them in the South-West of France don't you? Warmer, wilder and close to the Atlantic. You probably dream of elsewhere, for winter or summer: majestic mountains, huge lakes, rivers, waterfalls and enchanting streams, pine forests and sand dunes, or impressive circuses with surrealist reliefs that will leave you speechless. You certainly prefer the sun and the wild beauty to the highly touristic regions. You will be served in the Great South-West, between the Gironde, the Landes, the Basque Country and the Dordogne, you have thousands of places as beautiful as and as preserved as the next one. Nature and biodiversity are not the only elements preserved: you will also discover very authentic cultures, languages, arts and cuisines. Not to mention the wonders listed as UNESCO World Heritage, for their dual heritage value, both natural and cultural. And of course, many Airotel campsites are at your disposal, all as comfortable as they are affordable.
Gironde is a mainly fluvial department. Estuary of.... Drum roll ... Gironde, or rather two rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, it has a rich nature and a remarkable biodiversity: vineyards on an alluvial plain, on the left bank, dunes near the coast, marsh; on the right bank cliffs, hills, large marshes, caves ... And of course many islands: Patiras, Nouvelle, Paté, Verte, Margaux, Macau ... Among other destinations to see, Hourtin, Lacanau, Cap Ferret and the Dune of Pilat will probably seduce you. If you like fresh water, the lakes of Hourtin will delight you. If you prefer exotic destinations, contemplate the Pilat Dune, exceptional site and highest sand dune in Europe, If you like surfing, sail to Lacanau, and not to mention its seaside resort. Cap Ferret is ideal if you are a nature lover: bird island, ocean and basin of Arcachon, sandy beaches, not to mention the delicious seafood.
For wild holidays, visit Landes: the Atlantic and its majestic waves, pine forest and other trees (the largest in France), sandy coasts, dunes, long coastline, specialized Chalosse in animal breeding, lakes. It's clear as day, Landes is not tamed. Among the most famous location, the cities of Sanguinet, Biscarosse, Mimizan and Messanges will impress you. For a simple and friendly holiday, go to the Sanguinet Lake, with spaces for adults as well as children (ideal for families). If you are a lover of hydro-aviation, Biscarosse and its museum will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the greatest: Saint-Exupéry ... Mimizan will delight you if you want to spend a holiday at the water's edge. Finally, Messanges. For nautical activities and sensations, visit Messanges.
In the Basque Country everything is resilient: language, sport, culture, cuisine ... And this is delightful: Biarritz, Bidart and Saint-Jean-de-Luz are popular destinations for tourists.
Dordogne is named after the eponymous stream that runs through it. You will discover many forests, meadows, valleys, vineyards, gorges, caves and truffle fields. Périgord Noir, will delight you with its historical and cultural sites, between Prehistory and the Middle Ages, its castles, its flourishing nature ... Sarlat, will surprise you by its medieval architecture dating from the 9th century, as well as by its history and its cultural events.