Are you Getting Married in Nouvelle Aquitaine?

Mountains, beaches, picturesque villages, vibrant cities, world class vineyards, medieval fortified towns, pre-history, excellent cuisine and arts, crafts and museums – Bordeaux and Nouvelle Aquitaine offers something for every wedding, event and party!

Nouvelle Aquitaine is France’s largest region after Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes merged in 2016. The region has an embarrassment of treasures to explore and experience. There are vibrant cities including Bordeaux, Limoges, Angoulême and Périgueux, resort after resorts along the Atlantic coast from La Rochelle and Île de Ré to Biarritz and Hendaye on the Spanish border. It has world heritage gems such as the Lascaux caves, vast natural parks, forests and rivers and of course, fine gastronomy.

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More About the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region of France

Nouvelle Aquitaine in South West France is the countries largest region.  With it’s capital of Bordeaux, it has a rich history of kings and queens and battles and wealth and this is reflected in the landscape we see today.

Charente | Charente-Maritime | Corrèze | Creuse | Dordogne | Gironde | Landes | Lot-et-Garonne | Pyrénées-Atlantiques | Deux-Sèvres | Vienne | Haute-Vienne.

The Atlantic coastline of Nouvelle-Aquitaine extends for 720 kilometres from the beaches of Charente Maritime, and resorts such as La Rochelle and the islands of Île de Ré, Île d’Oléron, the famously popular seaside resorts of Arcachon, Biarritz and Royan around Bordeaux.  Further  south the coastline is flanked by dunes, including the most famous: the Dune du Pilat and fabulous coastal resorts such as Soulac-sur-Mer, Carcans, Hourtin, Lacanau, Biscarrosse, Mimizan and Capbreton.

If you prefer mountains the region offers the Pyrenees mountain range along its southern edge, which rise majestically to the Spanish border and is home to two strong local identities: the Basque Country and the Béarn.  The green hills of the Basque Country are interspersed with historic towns and cities, such as Bayonne and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and very much in the heart of the Pyrenees, the hills of the Béarn, where you’ll find the region’s main winter sports resorts of Artouste, Gourette, Issarbe, La Pierre Saint-Martin and Le Somport.

Nouvelle Aquitaine has a unique, rich historical heritage with the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France.  Inland you’ll find Charente and Deux Sèvres (often called the “green Venice”, on account of its extensive network of canals and waterways).  Through its landscape of low hills flows the River Charente, which passes through the cities of Angoulême, Cognac and Jarnac. This superb wine-growing region is world-famous for its Cognac and Pineau des Charentes.

In the former Aquitaine region around Saint-Émilion, Montbazillac, Pécharmant , Bergerac and Bordeaux lie miles and miles of famous vineyards, producing a wide range of wines that include some of the best and most expensive in the world.  The Dordogne is centred around the towns of Perigueux, Bergerac and Sarlat-la-Canéda and is famous for its local produce and fine cuisine. Bastide towns and chateaux are commonplace in the Perigord and reminders of its illustrious medieval past are around every corner.  And it is here you’ll also find some of the older pre-historic settlements in Europe and the area is often referred to as the cradle of mankind.

Nouvelle Aquitaine has so much more than amazing wine!

The Gironde estuary is the largest unspoiled estuary in Europe and a Natural Marine Nature Reserve and it is here on the hillsides where most of the great wines of Bordeaux are produced: Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien.  At its extremity is the Entre-deux-Mers (located between the rivers Dordogne and Garonne) are the vineyards famous for dry and sweet white wines: Cadillac, Loupiac, Sainte-Croix-Du-Mont and Sauternes. And the Lot-et-Garonne is all about agriculture: Agen is famous for its prunes, Marmande for its tomatoes, tobacco, strawberries and wine (Côtes-du-Marmandais, Côtes de Duras, Buzet and Côtes du Brulhois).  But the real celebrity here is Armagnac, which is exported all over the world. It is also the home of another regional speciality: the regional fortified aperitif wine known as Floc de Gascogne.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine offers enormous variety and experiences: it’s rather like the very best of France condensed into one region.  This is the perfect choice for a destination wedding with a huge selection of venues and event professionals!