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New Aquitaine: camping holidays in the south-west of France

La Dune du Pyla
La Dune du Pyla

New Aquitaine is one of the "super regions" born of the 2015 territorial reform. It is made up of a grouping of three regions: Aquitaine, Poitou Charente and Limousin. This simple fact should be enough to arouse your interest when you start thinking about holidays. You will have the choice between the sea (sport or sunbathing), the mountains (summer or winter) or the countryside.

The Basque Country, the Ile de Ré, the Dune du Pyla, the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, the Dordogne Valley, Oradour sur Glane, all these places have in common that they have belonged to New Aquitaine since the first of January 2016. This quick overview gives an idea of the range of possibilities available to you, especially as nearly 1500 campsites await you in New Aquitaine, i.e. 1 French campsite out of 5.

These campsites in the south-west benefit from exceptional settings, such as the La Rive Resort campsite in Biscarrosse, in the Landes, with direct access to the beach, or the La côte d'argent campsite in Hourtin, in the heart of the Médoc, located in a superb 20 hectare hilly site.

Whatever your desires in terms of landscapes, activities, discoveries, sports, relaxation, you will be able to satisfy them by coming to New Aquitaine, all the more so as from north to south and from east to west, there is bound to be a campsite waiting for you.

The sea made to measure

Saint Jean de Luz
Saint Jean de Luz© Photo OC

From the Ile de Ré to Hendaye, New Aquitaine offers several hundred kilometres of coastline and beaches. Family beaches with gently sloping stretches of sand. Beaches for surfing with "famous spots": Lacanau in the Gironde which hosts a world cup event every year, the "Lacanau Pro", Bidart, or the monstrous Belharra off Urrugne in the Basque Country which makes the awkward surfer go through a "washing machine in spin-drying position". They are also adorable little ports like Saint-Jean de Luz. The sea in Aquitaine is also the Jewels of the Atlantic, the Ile de Ré, the other "Little Sea", the Arcachon basin, the dune of Pyla and the paragliding baptisms, the oyster beds, the Tchanquées huts, etc. In other words, there is something for all tastes and desires.

Tchanquées huts
Tchanquées huts© Photos cdt

The mountain à la carte

Pic du Midi d'Ossau
Pic du Midi d'Ossau© Photo cdt

New Aquitaine is also the mountains. The observation is the same. There is not one ... but mountains. There is the one which will make the happiness of those who are anguished by landscapes which are too flat, by putting some roundness in their landscapes. They can go for a walk in the Ossau Valley in Béarn or go up to the Aldudes Valley in the Basque Country. There is also the one which will make the mad walkers and other "compulsive hikers" tremble with impatience. They have at their disposal thousands of possible hikes, with multiple degrees of difficulty, and durations ranging from a few hours to several weeks. This is notably the case for the GR 10, a long-distance hiking trail that crosses the Pyrenees in their length from Hendaye to Banyuls. In winter, the most demanding skiers can choose between resorts such as Gourette, Artouste, La Pierre Saint-Martin and can even cross over into Spain... within reach of spatulas. In summer, beautiful routes await climbing enthusiasts.

Green and memory

Vineyards of Juranço
Vineyards of Juranço© Photo cdt

Aquitaine is also the possibility of getting away from the coast or going down the mountain of... ". Go green". In other words, the richness of the region, it is also in the hinterland of the Côteaux de Jurançon in Béarn, in the Dordogne valley, the Lascaux Cave, Les Eyzies de Tayac considered as the world capital of Prehistory with a fabulous museum. New Aquitaine is also a land of epicureans with names and terroirs enough to drive any lover of... earthly foods whose simple evocation is enough to excite the taste buds: Sarlat, Saint-Emilion, Lalande Pomerol, Madiran, Jurançon. Finally, there are places of memory, some of which are among the most impressive such as the Memorial of the Camp de Gurs near Navarrenx in the Atlantic Pyrenees and of course Oradour sur Glane in Haute-Vienne.

Oradour sur Glane
Oradour sur Glane© Photo OC

 

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