Destination guide

Nouvelle-Aquitaine—the ultimate bon voyage

From the sun-drenched beaches of the Atlantic coast to the snow-covered peaks of the Pyrenees, the heritage landmarks of Limoges to the fertile valleys of the Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine offers a rich diversity of attractions and experiences. Comprising the former regions of Aquitaine, Limousin, and Poitou-Charentes, this idyllic corner of southwest France serves up vibrant culture, state-of-the-art sporting facilities, and world-famous cuisine against a backdrop of unspoiled natural beauty. Nouvelle-Aquitaine vacation rentals provide the perfect opportunity to benefit from this unique variety by making it easy to divide your time between chic city apartments and cozy rural retreats.

Things to do

Another side of life in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Culture and heritage is equally well represented in this region’s towns and cities. Bordeaux boasts a beautifully preserved Gothic cathedral, a world-famous art museum, a historic botanical garden, and a UNESCO-listed old town. The Aquarium du Limousin in Limoges is a favorite treat for families, while the city’s famous decorated porcelain takes pride of place in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed within the former Episcopal Palace. The multimedia shows and rides of the Futuroscope theme park, meanwhile, provide a cutting-edge contrast to the Romanesque churches and quaint streets of nearby Poitiers.

Activities

Nouvelle-Aquitaine—a natural choice for all seasons

Sports and nature lovers will find plenty of year-round action in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The spring tides herald the arrival of the sailing season in the lively marinas of the Gironde estuary, while in summer, sun-worshipers flock to the fashionable beaches of Biarritz. Fall is a tranquil time to absorb the changing scenery and rich wildlife of the region’s national parks. The ski resorts of the Pyrenees come alive in winter, offering the chance to tackle the challenging pistes and scenic cross-country trails of the Gourette valley. Nouvelle-Aquitaine vacation rentals supply practical home comforts at the end of a day of thrills and adventure.

Weather

Blowing hot and cold in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

As the largest of France’s administrative regions, the climate of Nouvelle-Aquitaine is as varied as its landscape. The mild temperatures and moderate rainfall of the fertile inland valleys contrast with the Pyrenean climate of the region’s high-altitude border with Spain and the sunshine and sea breezes of the Atlantic coast. Nouvelle-Aquitaine vacation rentals on the beach make great bases for soaking up the summer sunshine, while mountain cabins are perfect for cozy winter getaways. The warm days of spring and fall are pleasant times to enjoy the region’s cultural attractions without the crowds.

Natural features

Going wild in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Thanks to the region’s unspoiled natural beauty, most Nouvelle-Aquitaine vacation rentals will be conveniently close to some spectacular scenery. This unique landscape is preserved and protected by an extensive range of national parks encompassing a variety of environments, from the sandy beaches of the coast to the rocky peaks of the mountains. The Dordogne river basin is designated as a UNESCO biosphere for its diverse marine life, while the Pyrenees National Park offers a range of wildlife-rich habitats that support many species of animals and plants.

Where to stay around Nouvelle-Aquitaine?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 31,498 vacation rentals near Nouvelle-Aquitaine. From 14,079 Houses to 2,407 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nouvelle-Aquitaine for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Nouvelle-Aquitaine?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bordeaux: 1,237 vacation rentals
  • Biarritz: 4,100 vacation rentals
  • Dordogne: 6,293 vacation rentals
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: 1,937 vacation rentals
  • St Jean de Luz: 4,059 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Nouvelle-Aquitaine! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Nouvelle-Aquitaine?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nouvelle-Aquitaine:

  • Bordeaux: 1,237 rentals
  • Biarritz: 4,100 rentals
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: 1,937 rentals
  • St Jean de Luz: 4,059 rentals
  • La Rochelle: 2,224 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Nouvelle-Aquitaine?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Nouvelle-Aquitaine are:

  • Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ): 6,301 vacation rentals
  • Sarlat-la-Caneda (XSL-Aerodrome de Sarlat): 2,688 vacation rentals
  • Merignac Airport (BOD): 1,556 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Nouvelle-Aquitaine?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arcachon Beach: 3,898 rentals
  • Cote des Basques: 6,167 rentals
  • Bordeaux (ZFQ-Saint-Jean SNCF Train Station): 1,363 rentals
  • Pouligny Tilery Eco-Museum: 121 rentals
  • St-Jean-de-Luz Beach: 4,633 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nouvelle-Aquitaine listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Bordeaux
1,237 vacation rentals
Biarritz
4,100 vacation rentals
Sarlat-la-Canéda
1,937 vacation rentals
St Jean de Luz
4,059 vacation rentals
La Rochelle
2,224 vacation rentals
Arcachon
3,362 vacation rentals
Hossegor
2,297 vacation rentals
St-Émilion
325 vacation rentals
Beynac-et-Cazenac
1,678 vacation rentals
Bergerac
612 vacation rentals
Pau
146 vacation rentals
Domme
1,515 vacation rentals
Lège-Cap-Ferret
3,316 vacation rentals
Saint-Martin-de-Ré
1,442 vacation rentals
Bayonne
4,134 vacation rentals
Hendaye
3,468 vacation rentals
Limoges
77 vacation rentals
Royan
1,642 vacation rentals
Poitiers
143 vacation rentals
Cognac
150 vacation rentals