Top 74 attractions to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the largest region of France with an area of 84,035.7 kilometer square. Tourism is an important sector in a region with significant assets, starting with a mild and sunny climate, wine tourism, many heritage sites, sandy beaches for surfers, and mountains for skiers.
The Château des Milandes is a French castle located in the commune of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, in the Dordogne department. It was built in 1489 and was then the main residence of the lords of Caumont who also owned the castle of Castelnaud. The windows mullioned covered windows are pierced but turrets, spiral staircases, and gargoyles, architectural elements from the Middle Ages are kept. It was one of the renowned attractions in this area.
Known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel', the Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. The cruciform church carries a square tower over its crossing. The transept was built first, then the choir with its ambulatory with five radial chapels in the polygonal apse. Below the church is the crypt of the martyr brothers St Savin and St Cyprian, decorated with frescos depicting scenes from their lives.
The Périgord Noir aquarium is, with more than 6,000 fish, the largest private freshwater aquarium in France . It is located in the Dordogne department , in the commune of Bugue , just next to the village of Bournat. Pike , catfish , sturgeon and other fluvial species are presented to the public through bay windows. Different species of fish are visible in the different rooms of the aquarium.
The Basilica of Saint-Michel is a Catholic church located on Place Canteloup. This historic square was located close to the Pont de Pierre bridge. it features a cruciform church building and a separate bell tower. The impressing height of the tower makes it visible across much of Bordeaux. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site which was built at the end of the 14th century. One of the main pilgrimage centers in this area and also a tourist attraction too.
The Biarritz aquarium is the first maritime museum in Biarritz was created in 1871 by the Marquis Léopold de Folin. It underwent the first renovation in 1992 inorder to house an important collection of marine animals and stuffed birds. It now presents the marine life of the Bay of Biscay and information on fishing techniques, cetaceans, whaling, and the life of sailors. Its terrace contains a shop, the outdoor seal pool where the seals eat, and offers a panoramic view of the coast.
The Bonaguil castle is a marvel of medieval architecture situated between Périgord and Quercy in the village of Saint-Front-sur-Lémance near Fumel which was built in the 13th century. It forms a set, unique in Europe, of gigantic proportions and in an outstanding state of conservation.
An elegant imposing gothic cathedral which was located in the heart of the capital of Aquitaine. One of the largest religious buildings in Bordeaux which was listed in the UNESCO world heritage site since 1998. King Louis VII and King Louis XIII both got married in this church. Its architecture is also one of the important things which attract peoples here.
Cailhau Gate is a city gate in Bordeaux, in the French department of Gironde. It served as both a defensive door and a triumphal arch and has been listed as an ahistorical monument since 1883. it was the main entrance to the city from the port and give access to the Palais de l'Ombrière, the residence of the Dukes of Guyenne, then the seat of the Parliament of Bordeaux from 1462.
CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux , formerly the Center d'arts plastiques contemporains, is a museum of modern art established in 1973 in Bordeaux, France. It was a former warehouse for colonial goods such as sugar, coffee, cocoa, cotton, spices and oils. a beautiful sleep reminiscent of a medieval church and used to present temporary exhibitions.
A majestic 12th century castle which stands high over the Dordogne valley, with magnificent views of the Châteaux of Beynac, Jardins de Marqueyssac and the medieval village of La Roque-Gageac. It was now a museum displaying the art of warfare in the Middle Ages. Inside, it has a unique private collection of arms and armour, as well as furniture from the period. The castle has a picturesque setting on the side of a hill and offers magnificent panoramic views over the Dordogne Valley.
The Château de Biron is a castle in the valley of the Lède in France. Chateau de Biron occupies a strategic position on the borders of Périgord and Agenais not far from the fortified town of Monpazier. Today the castle belongs to the département of the Dordogne and is listed among the Major Sites of Aquitaine and as a Historical Monument. The present château bears additions over the centuries that make it a picturesque ensemble.
The Sainte - Marie d'Baïonne cathedral is a cathedral which is located in Baïonne in France. This roman cathedral was built in Gothic style. It is the episcopal seat of the diocese of Bayonne. The Roman Catholic church serves as the seat of the bishop of the township and neighboring towns. Though originally of Romanesque design, two fires led to its total reconstruction in the 13th century.
Château d'Abbadie is a beautiful majestic castle which was located in Hendaye, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. It is a neo-gothic style castle which was one of the famous sites in this area. huge scientific library and observatory, equipped with a unique meridian telescope to study the position of the stars and also this castle holds apartments for d’Abbadie and his wife and a chapel for the noble couple and the farmers of the land.
A 12th-century majestic castle which was one of the most authentic and well-conserved in the region. It offers a magnificent view over the valley of five castles. It was built on a plateau with a sheer cliff to one side on the banks of the Dordogne River. Surrounding the chateau is the lovely village of Beynac-et-Cazenac, one of Frances Les plus beaux villages de France or designated Beautiful Villages.
The Château de Hautefort is a French château and gardens located in the town of Hautefort in the Dordogne. The castle was originally a medieval fortress that was reconstructed in the 17th century, and embellished with a jardin à la française. In 1853, the landscape architect, Count of Choulot, redesigned the gardens, adding a landscape garden, geometric flower gardens, topiary gardens imitating the domes of the château, and a long tunnel of greenery.
The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers is a castle located in the town of Trois-Moutiers in the north of the Vienne department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. the castle was rebuilt in the 1870s in the Gothic Revival style. The surroundings are also arranged so that the building is surrounded by water, as at the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. One of the nice location which attracts a lot of tourists.
The castle de Monbazillac is a unique and original architectural blend of medieval defensive fortifications and Renaissance exuberance. Set in the heart of the prestigious vineyard of the same name. It is an attractive wooded setting with far-reaching views across the region. The castle contains some finely decorated rooms and apartments.
Col d'Aubisque is a beautiful mountain pass which was located in the south of Tarbes and Pau in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. It is a center for winter sports and is regularly part of the Tour de France, generally rated an hors catégorie climb. It is almost the perfect climb for cyclists and also this picturesque location offers a panoramic view of nature.
A mountain pass on the France-Spain border in the western Pyrenees in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Navarra. La Pierre St Martin is the highest road climb in the Basque Pyrenees and it is, without doubt, one of the toughest. One of the picturesque locations in this area which was famous among tourists.
Map of attractions in Nouvelle-Aquitaine