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.