Southwest France holidays
Southwestern France has a lot to offer travellers. Beautifully rural in parts, dramatically mountainous in others and fringed by the stunning beaches of the Atlantic coast to the west, this area of France encompasses the three great regions of the Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Aquitaine. Here you'll find the gorgeous rural plains of the Dordogne, the many miles of the Côte d'Argent's sandy beaches that rival those on the Côte d'Azur and the rugged mountain passes that ring the steep slopes of the Pyrenees.
Though dominated by beautiful countryside, Southwestern France is also home to the fine cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier. This trio are cosmopolitan and exciting destinations, and each has an intriguing historical centre, which make them some of France's most appealing city breaks. The cities and their surroundings are lovely places to travel, full of diversity and with plenty of charm.
Top itineraries in Southwestern France
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Explore the regions of Languedoc and Provence on this seven-day self-drive tour. Feel the weight of history in Carcassonne and Avignon, walk among olive trees, lavender and vineyards, fill up on foie gras at centuries-old markets, and bask on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.
Travelling by Eurostar is a fast and convenient way to hop across to the Continent. Via a quick change of trains in Paris, Lille or Brussels, the network opens up the whole of Europe, and connects to more than 100 destinations in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
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Travel through the heart of rural France on this two-week tailor-made self-drive that takes you from Provence to Paris.
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The rolling countryside of Languedoc and Midi Pyrenees is as varied as it is beautiful. Gentle valleys, fruit orchards, vineyards and castle-topped hills are interspersed with picturesque villages and historic towns, each with their own story to tell.
Top places to stay in Southwestern France
Created by architect Victor Louis in 1776 and located in the heart of Bordeaux's historic 'golden triangle', opposite the Grand Theatre, the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa enjoys a setting in perfect keeping with the grandeur of its spectacular neoclassical façade. Set just moments from Bordeaux's m…
Where to go in Southwestern France
Languedoc literally means ‘language of yes' - ‘oc' was the word for yes for the Occitan speaking inhabitants of this part of Southwestern France. It's a region rich in both pastoral and urban pleasures.
The Midi Pyrenees is France's largest region, bigger than both Belgium and Switzerland yet home to fewer than two million people. It's a young region, created during the French government's regionalisation campaign of the 1970s, and thus the Midi Pyrenees share many different and distinct identitie…
Aquitaine is one of France's most absorbing regions. Stretching from the mountainous plains of the Massif Central in the north, dipping down to the central wine lands and rolling past a long stretch of Atlantic coastline before rising again into the Pyrenees in the south, Aquitaine is a region of g…
When to go to Southwestern France
Southwestern France articles
Get to know to cuisine of Occitanie in France's sunny southwest, from the Mediterranean flavours of garlic and fish to some of the finest beef, wine, and full-bodied cheese in the world – this is the home of Grenache, Roquefort, and dishes flavoured with rich, flavoursome duck fat.
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