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The southwestern coast of France, with its beaches with great surf and fine sand as well as the wineries of Bordeaux, make this region an ideal place for a life of leisure.

Bordeaux is the fifth largest city in France and has been focused on the wine trade for centuries. In the 18th century the old town of Bordeaux went through a re-development to give the waterfront a classical look. Built during this time is the Grande Theater, with its classical lines, grand staircase and acoustical sound has it considered to be one of the finest in France. The old quarter is also where the fashionable boutiques and cafes of Bordeaux are to be found; as well the Maison du Vin, which gives information on winery tours. St- Emilion to the wine enthusiast is the mark of a fine red wine, but it is also a medieval village in the middle of the wine growing region where there are many private wineries, which invite you to go for a tour and "degustation" (a wine tasting) in their cellars.


Dordogne

Sarlat-la-Caneda possesses one of the highest concentrations of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century buildings in France, thanks predominately to a conservation law passed in 1964. The town is also famous for one of the best markets, which takes place every Saturday where the produce of the season is for sale, horses, poultry, foie gras, nuts, truffles…. Grotte de Lascaux, discovered by accident in 1940, holds prehistoric cave paintings of bulls, deer and other symbols, which cover the ceiling and walls of the cave. The original cave is closed to the pubic for conservation reasons, but the full sized replica is well worth a visit.

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Pyrenees-Atlantique

St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is at the base of the Roncesvalles Pass through the Pyrenees. This was the last stopping place in France before the pilgrims entered Spain on their way to Santiago de Compostela and there are still many hiking trails in the region.

St-Jean-de-Luz is a fishing town in the off season but a popular tourist destination during the summer months. Its many chic shops lining the streets, as well as its great beaches make this a popular town.

Biarritz has a mild winter climate, three good beaches, with some of the best surfing in Europe. In addition, its casinos and five golf courses make Biarritz a place of a particular leisurely enjoyment.

Arcachon is a popular winter and summer resort. The town is comprised of four distinct quarters; a winter resort, where the houses are back in the woods; a summer resort, with the houses on the sea front; and the autumn and spring resorts with the houses in the middle of the town. The bay is known for its plentiful oysters and being the migratory route of birds, bringing many bird enthusiasts to the area. There are many hiking trails and observation points for bird watching.

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Climate - generally warm the Atlantic Ocean maintains a comfortable climate in all seasons. Winter see the average temp at 14 deg C, Spring and Fall average temp 22 deg C and Summer average at 27 deg C.

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