In the south-west corner of France, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Aquitaine is one of the biggest of the 26 regions of modern France, with an area of just over 40,000 km². It is split into five administrative regions/ departments of Dordoyne, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Lironde. The population is just over 3 million.
It stretches as far down as Spain at its southern frontier, and the Atlantic Ocean runs along the western edge of the region. It is a fascinating region of France with a diverse range of environments, from medieval villages in deep wooded valleys to long surfing beaches (Major Surfing championships regularly take place on Aquitaine’s coast, mountains and plains; this is also home to the wines of Bordeaux. Historically important and independent from France for many centuries.
The sheer scale of the region means that it contains greatly varied landscape. If you want a quieter holiday, the vineyards (this is home of the famous Bordeaux wines.) and forests areas provide a perfect place to get away from it all. But cities like Bordeaux, Bayonne, Pau, Mont-de-Marsan and Biarritz cater for those seeking a more upbeat holiday. Though Aquitaine has many fashionable resorts such as Biarritz and Arcachon, it also has picturesque villages and traditional towns. It is easy to see why people buy property in Aquitaine.
With warm winds from the Gulfstream, and shelter from the Pyrenees, Aquitaine benefits from a warm climate. And with Aquitaine getting somewhere in the region of 2100 hours of sunshine per year, it can compete with some of the most expensive resorts on the south-east coast of France.
Aquitaine is renowned for its pleasant climate throughout the year and especially for its warm weather during the summer months. The region is home to many successful football and rugby teams. Bull-fighting is also popular in the region.
There is a large range of properties for those seeking to buy property for sale in Aquitaine, going from the fashionable departments, through to the more traditional French country properties in its vast countryside.