Aquitaine villas, a fabulous selection of villas with pools to rent, holiday homes and cottages to hire, houses with swimming pool and luxury gites in south-west France. Villas du Monde Aquitaine properties are hand picked to create a villa selection which is a little out of the ordinary. Also included in this category are villas and gites in the Lot, Lot et Garonne and Quercy. The Dordogne selection is featured separately in the category Dordogne villas.
The Aquitaine (now part of Nouvelle Aquitaine) coast offers miles and miles of wide, soft sandy beaches stretching down from the northern tip near Soulac all the way south past the tidal bay of Arcachon, famous for its oysters, beyond the incredible Pilat dune which is the highest in Europe, down past the vast nudist and naturist beaches to the surfing paradise of Hossegor.
Behind the beaches are the fabled vineyards of the Medoc in the north, an area which produces the best red wines on earth which can reach prices in the many thousands of pounds. Further south is vast sweet smelling pine forests which are perfect for cycling and walking, amidst which are enormous almost sea-like lakes with sandy beaches which provide excellent, wave free bathing and water sports.
The Landes canals are a pretty feature which can be navigated by boat and are abundant with wildlife. Fishing in the bay of Arcachon, the lakes and the sea provides great sport and often lunch! The local cuisine is dominated by fresh seafood and the Aquitaine coast is also renowned for its duck dishes such as magret de canard.
There are chic resorts such as Cap Ferret and Arcachon as well as first class shopping facilities in Bordeaux which has a rich cultural heritage and is ideal for a day out. Along the coast, there is Biarritz along with many delightful seaside resorts such as Montalivet, Biscarrosse and Mimizan.
Access from the channel ports is easy via the motorway network and there are international airports at Bordeaux (BOD), La Rochelle (LRH) and Biarritz (BAQ). Flight operators to Aquitaine include Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe.
The Aquitaine climate is generally lovely and sunny though the southern area near the Pyrenees is prone to some rain on occasions.
The six most popular destinations in the Aquitaine region
The superb city of Bordeaux is the number one visitor attraction followed by the legendary seaside resort of Biarritz. Then it's the inland towns of Sarlat la Caneda in the Dordogne and Pau in the Pyrenees. The port of Saint Jean de Luz is next followed by Bayonne.
Head south to the sunny Aquitaine, the coast and stunning beaches and enjoy one of Villas du Monde luxury Aquitaine villas.