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South West France Cottages

This area of France is enjoyed by visitors from all over the world with a glittering coastline plus gorgeous countryside. A turbulent history has left a legacy of rich architecture, history and culture to be discovered along with a great variety of self-catering holiday cottages. There are three regions and each one is totally unique.

In the very South Western corner of France is Aquitaine with Spain and the Atlantic as its borders. The coastline is an almost unbroken line of golden sandy beaches with white frothy waves rolling in from the Altlantic backed with large sand dunes, extensive forests and trails and family friendly leisure lakes. The regional capital is Bordeaux on the Garonne River where you can see the 18th and 19th century mansions built from the fortunes of this famous wine producing district. Biarritz is very lively and cosmopolitan with lots of charm whilst avoiding the crowds of the French Riviera.

In contrast is the Dordogne and Lot, a perfect mix of wine-tasting, dining out and amazing chateaux and villages plus long rivers and deep valleys, what more could you want. It is said there are 1001 castles many dating back to the 12th and 14th century, so take your pick. There are walks suitable for everyone including some beautiful riverside walks or perhaps try a river cruise and while away a few hours enjoying the stunning views. The Dordogne River passes through deep granite gorges in the Massif Central then through lowlands and limestone around Souillac and when it reaches the Garonne is nearly 2 miles wide, probably the most varied landscape of any river in France.

And for something completely different again is the Midi-Pyrenees where you can be near medieval towns or cities or much more rural to enjoy to enjoy a marvellous mountainous landscape, with amazing high and low level walks. This is the largest region in France separated from Spain by the Pyrenees Mountains. The capital of this historic region is Toulouse, the whole area has a very rich and cultural history in harmony with attractions featuring modern day technology. For something special walk along the shady banks of the UNESCO world monument Canal du Midi which is truly magical. For a more spiritual experience visit the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Bernadette in 1858.

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