Discover must-see sites in Aquitaine

Bordeaux (External link) is the main getaways: 1 hour flight from Paris or 3 hours by train with direct connexion from Roissy CDG train station.
The city has been rewarded this year as the “European Best Destination (External link) ”. It is often compared to a little Paris with its 18th century architecture, pedestrian streets, art galleries and boutiques… Bordeaux is also a wine capital, and next year will open the Cité des Civilisations du Vin (External link) , a great place along the Garonne River dedicated to the wines from all around the world.
Suggested accommodation in the city center: 4* Boutique Hotel (External link) , 4*Hotel de Sèze (External link) or 5* Hotel Burdigala (External link) and La Grande Maison (External link) , a brand new boutique hotel with its Joël Robuchon restaurant.
Bordeaux is also an ideal starting point for visiting the vineyard as they are just next door to the city.

To discover the Medoc wine area, you have to take the “route des chateaux”, a panoramic road that goes through the most prestigious wine estates. Make a stop in Pauillac (External link) where you can stay at Relais & Chateau Cordeillan Bages (External link)
The village of Saint Emilion (External link) , UNESCO classified, is a very easy day out. There you have to visit the underground monuments: the catacombs and the 13th century monolithic church, unique in Europe! Many wine estates are open to visitors around Saint Emilion, the Tourist Office (External link) can help you to book a tour.
Suggested accommodation: Relais & Chateaux Hostellerie de Plaisance (External link) , in the village; 4* Hotel Grand Barrail (External link) , in the vineyard.

The Dordogne region (External link) , also known as Périgord, takes you back in history with the prehistorical caves such as Lascaux and the medieval castles and villages. Do not miss Sarlat (External link) , a beautiful 13th century city considered as the jewel of the Périgord. Périgueux (External link) is also worth a visit with its gallo-roman and renaissance heritage. Wednesday and Saturday morning outdoor market is a very nice way to meet local people.
Suggested accommodation : Castel Peyssard (External link) , Relais & Chateaux Le Vieux Logis (External link) , Château des Vigiers (External link)

And I would finish with the Basque country (External link) at the Spanish border. Biarritz (External link) is obviously a must seen. From a small whales fishing harbour, it became a fashionable and glamorous destination in the 19th century, thanks the Empress Eugénie and Napoleon the 3rd, the French Emperor. Today it is an international seaside resort ideal for sunbathing, with golf courses, and one of the best surfing spots in Europe.
Suggested accommodation: 5*Hotel du Palais (External link) , 5*Regina Biarritz & spa (External link)