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Destination guide

Discover Aquitaine with self-contained holiday lets

Set between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains, Aquitaine lures travellers with chic cities, cinematic scenery and a flourishing farm-to-table food scene. You can discover 14th-century castles, bask on golden beaches and sip your way through a bevvy of top-shelf wineries. Planning a European getaway? From romantic cottages in the countryside to stylish apartments in Bordeaux, Aquitaine holiday rentals promise a unique stay in this enticing corner of South West France.

Things to do

Historic attractions near your Aquitaine holiday rental

Brimming with ancient relics, the Musee d'Aquitaine offers a glimpse of the region's storied past. It spotlights local civilisations and covers everything from "Old Rule" Atlantic trade to Bordeaux's Industrial Revolution. Aquitaine is also home to a trio of magnificent castles, as well as enchanting medieval cities like Saint-Emilion and Sarlat-la-Caneda. Cultured travellers will jump at the chance to stay in stone cottages, elegant chateaux and other characterful properties in Aquitaine.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Aquitaine

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Aquitaine a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Chateau de Fargues (12.1 mi / 19.5 km)
  • Graves and Sauternais Golf (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Chateau Filhot (12.3 mi / 19.8 km)
  • Chateau Venus (15.2 mi / 24.4 km)
  • Chateau de Chantegrive (21 mi / 33.8 km)
  • Maison des Vins de Graves (21.1 mi / 33.9 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor experiences with Aquitaine holiday homes

With its patchwork of lush vineyards, winding rivers and sparkling seascapes, Aquitaine is one of France's most attractive regions. There are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs on bicycle tours of the Bordeaux vineyards, scenic kayaking trips along the River Garonne and walks through the pine forests of Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park. If connecting with nature is a priority, you'll love secluded holiday homes in the Aquitaine countryside.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Aquitaine

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Aquitaine is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park (22.5 mi / 36.1 km)
  • Ecomusee de Marqueze (28.3 mi / 45.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Aquitaine

The nearest airport is in Bordeaux (BOD-Merignac), located 39.6 mi (63.7 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Agen (AGF-La Garenne), which is 43.1 mi (69.3 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Langon Station, St-Macaire Station and Saint Pierre d'Aurillac Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Aquitaine by jumping on the metro at Begles Terres Neuves Tram Station, Carle Vernet Tram Station or Montaigne Montesquieu Tram Station.

How to get around

Getting around Aquitaine from your holiday rental

Rail transport in France is world-class, with most services operated by national railway company, SNCF. In the city of Bordeaux, you can take advantage of buses, trams and a public bike-share system. Flights arrive at Bordeaux-Merignac, 10 kilometres west of the city centre. Renting a car offers the freedom to explore Aquitaine at your own pace. A set of wheels also unlocks access to secluded villa rentals in the Aquitaine countryside.

Food & drink 

Enjoy sumptuous French fare in Aquitaine

Aquitaine cradles a tasty farm-to-table food scene, with local specialities including truffles, Ossau-Iraty cheese, asparagus, Bayonne ham, Chalosse beef, Agen prunes and foie gras. Oenophiles will swoon in Bordeaux, where viticulturists have been tending to vineyards for over 2,000 years. With sun-drenched terraces and sweeping views, Aquitaine villa rentals are the perfect excuse to stock up on your favourite blends and enjoy your own private degustation.

Essential info

Essential info for your Aquitaine holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on euros at local ATMs throughout Aquitaine
  • The French are immensely proud of their native tongue, so it's worth learning a few basic words and phrases to get by
  • Visit in the shoulder seasons to beat the summer crowds and enjoy Aquitaine through a local lens
  • Don't be surprised if you receive a sweeping cheek kiss – either one or both – as this is considered the norm in France
  • Whether you want to enjoy an urban break in Bayonne, a seaside escape in Biarritz or a serene stay in a traditional Basque Country village, Aquitaine holiday rentals unlock access to a stunning lineup of properties across the region
Events

Attend world-class events with Aquitaine holiday homes

Why not time your visit to coincide with Aquitaine's colourful events calendar? Held in June, the world-famous Bordeaux Fete le Vin is a celebration of food, wine and culture. July's Bergerac Summer Music Festival is a fantastic excuse to book a holiday rental in the picture postcard-perfect town, while Bastille Day is celebrated with gusto across the region.

How many holiday rentals are available around Aquitaine?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 29,203 holiday lettings around Aquitaine. From 2,221 villas to 1,618 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Aquitaine?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Aquitaine. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Southern France: 137,484 holiday homes
  • Spain: 143,035 holiday homes
  • Bordeaux: 1,363 holiday homes
  • Languedoc-Roussillon: 29,894 holiday homes
  • Toulouse: 804 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Aquitaine! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Aquitaine?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Aquitaine with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bordeaux: 1,363 holiday lettings
  • Toulouse: 804 holiday lettings
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: 2,054 holiday lettings
  • Puisseguin: 326 holiday lettings
  • Bergerac: 645 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Aquitaine?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Aquitaine are:

  • Toulouse (XYT-Montaudran): 891 self catering accommodations
  • Merignac Airport (BOD): 1,647 self catering accommodations
  • Saintes (XST): 968 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Aquitaine?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Aquitaine. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • San Sebastian (YJH-San Sebastian-Donostia Train Station): 807 holiday rentals
  • Arcachon Beach: 4,472 holiday rentals
  • Saint-Émilion Bell Tower: 830 holiday rentals
  • PyrenMuseu: 430 holiday rentals
  • Bergerac Maison des Vins: 1,315 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Aquitaine listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Aquitaine

Bordeaux
1,363 holiday rentals
Toulouse
804 holiday rentals
Sarlat-la-Canéda
2,054 holiday rentals
Puisseguin
326 holiday rentals
Bergerac
645 holiday rentals
Blaignac
103 holiday rentals
Saint-Sernin
399 holiday rentals
Médis
1,566 holiday rentals
Domme
1,607 holiday rentals
Flaujagues
344 holiday rentals
Oiartzun
672 holiday rentals
Biarritz
4,197 holiday rentals
Lège-Cap-Ferret
3,600 holiday rentals
Glatens
82 holiday rentals
La Douze
570 holiday rentals
Ozenx-Montestrucq
198 holiday rentals
Layrac
142 holiday rentals
Sames
235 holiday rentals
Tayac
255 holiday rentals
Moliets-et-Maa
1,605 holiday rentals