Gascogne et Guyenne, Nouvelle Aquitaine

This little-considered area of France, between the Dordogne and the Pyrenees, has so far escaped the touch of mass tourism.


The region is know for its bold red wines, Armagnac, cassoulet, magret de canard, pruneau d'Agen, garlic, fiercely independent spirit, and a friendly welcome. 


A tour of the region and a taste of what's on offer.

With its rolling fields of sunflowers and poppies, endless vineyards and kilometres of empty country roads, it is the French countryside at its most tranquil.
The climate of warm summers, short winters and Indian Summers, have ensured that the area remains predominantly agricultural, encouraging fine crops of fruits and flowers from the region’s fertile soil. The real charm lies in its serenity. Yet the history to many of its small chateaux and bastides (there are more than 500) is less than peaceful. Aquitaine, of which Gascony and Guyenne are parts, was fought over by the English and French for 300 years during the Middle Ages, and many of the castles and fortified villages they protected were built by English kings and warlords.
Eating, drinking, walking, cycling, fishing and canoeing - there is plenty to do. But the spirit of the place is captured by taking it easy, you'll soon forget what it is to be in a hurry.

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