South West France Hotels
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Châteaux, vineyards and sunflower fields, the south-west of France is perhaps its most distinctly rural. From charming little farms scattered among rolling hills up to the dramatic mountains of the Pyrenees, this region enjoys breath-taking scenery.
Another of France’s famous wine-producing regions, the south-west is close to Bordeaux; home to Armagnac Brandy and a number of other well-known beverages, its 16,000 hectares of vineyards are worth exploring. Something of a rural playground, with plenty of great coastal resorts to visit too, this part of France is about more than just wine however. Whatever you want out of a break in France, the south-west is sure to have it.
- Aquitaine – on the Atlantic side of France – has lots to offer, including fabulous cuisine and wine, traditional French seaside resorts on the Côte d'Argentz and breath-taking vistas in the Dordogne
- The Languedoc-Roussillon region on the Mediterranean side meanwhile is home to several family-friendly resorts, Roman ruins and historic monuments aplenty and a spectacular network of caves
- So close to Spanish Basque country and the border with Andorra too, consider a day trip to San Sebastian, Girona or Andorra for a flavour of the different cultures and influences in the region.
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Biarritz & the Basque Coast romances visitors with its miles of sun-drenched beaches, elegant coastal villages and striking views across the Atlantic Ocean. A traditional French seaside resort, Biarritz is home to the popular Biarritz Surf Festival, the fascinating Museum of the Sea and eight local golf courses. From striking architecture to fun for all the family, Biarritz and the Basque Coast has it all.
Bordeaux, a picturesque port city on the Garonne river, is home to one of Europe's biggest 18th century architectural urban areas. Bordeaux is also the capital of the exquisite Aquitaine region of France the largest wine producing district in the world.
Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south-west corner of France where there are several family resorts on the Mediterranean Coast. Inland there is the Cévennes National Park, the Roman ruins at Nîmes and the caves of Clamouse and Demoiselles.
One of France's most enticing and enchanting regions, the Midi-Pyrenees boasts a rich cultural, historical and natural heritage. The diversity of its landscape shows a new facet of France ranging from the mountainous Pyrenees to quaint villages with narrow cobblestoned streets. Toulouse, the capital of the region, with its beautiful landscapes of hills, river valleys and red stone, is rated amongst Southern-Europe’s top metropolises.
Often described as the 'French Rome', Nimes is both a pretty and historic city that's perfect for a short break. There's much to see and do; be sure to take in the ancient buildings - such as the impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the best of its kind in France - and gardens, including the fabulous Jardins de la Fontaine. The Maison Carrée is also a must-see - built in 19BC, it's easily one of the best preserved temples from the days of the Roman Empire.
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