- Aquitaine is France’s largest region.
- Aquitaine is composed of 5 departments: the Gironde, the Landes and the Pyrenees Atlantiques which are situated along the coasts and also the Lot et Garonne and the Dordogne located inland.
- Aquitaine is really appreciated by visitors for its magnificent forests, parks, lakes and for its famous seaside resorts, like Biarritz, Lacanau, Mimizan or Archachon which combine waves for surf-lovers and stretched out sandy beaches for the others.
|Aquitaine Geography and Key Data|
|Surface Area||Aquitaine consists of 41,308 km² equivalent to 7.6 % of France's total surface area.|
Aquitaine consists of 5 departments: Gironde, Lot et Garonne, Pyrénées Altantiques, Dordogne, Landes.
Dordogne is divided into "colour" areas: Black Perigord refers to the part of the region famous for its oak woods, Green Perigord for pastureland, White Perigord for rock and Purple Perigord for vineyards.
|Communes||Aquitaine is composed by more than 2,290 communes.|
|Coast and Water in Aquitaine|
|Ocean||Aquitaine is bordered along its west coast by Atlantic Ocean.|
Aquitaine includes different beaches types over 270 kilometres from the Pointe de Grave to the Adour with good and average quality water.
Flat depths: Hendaye. Ears (built by humans): Anglet.
Sandbar (Baïnes): Seignosse, Mimizan and most Aquitaine beaches.
Shortbreak and offshore: Hossegor.
Quick upturn of ocean bottom: Capbreton.
Many natural harbours are also present in the Basque Country.
|Popular coastal resorts||
For family trips: protected bathing and fine sand in Hourtin, Vieux Boucau, Seignosse or Carcans.
For surfers: perfect waves in Lacanau, Biarritz, Anglet, Hossegor-Capbreton or Mimizan.
|Rivers||Garonne and Dordogne forming the Gironde estuary.|
|Freshwater ponds and lakes||The France’s biggest lake is Carcans-Hourtin-Maubuisson. There are also Lacanau Lake, Etang de Cousseau, Etang de Hardy, Marais d’Orx, Cazaux-Sanguinet Lake, Biscarrosse Lake, and natural reserves in Soustons Lake.|
|Mountains range in Aquitaine|
|Mountains||Aquitaine is bordered to the south by Pyrénées Mountains.|
|Ski Resorts||Aquitaine has ski slopes in La Pierre St Martin, Artouste, Iraty Issarbe, Gourette (altitude: mini 1200, maxi 2200m).|
|Forests and Natural Parks in Aquitaine|
|Forests||There are one million hectares of forest planted in the 19th century. Les Landes (the largest pine forest in France), Green Périgord (Dordogne), Iraty & Les Arbailles (Basque Country)|
|Protected areas||National Park of The Pyrenees, Regional Nature Parks of the Landes and Périgord-Limousin are components of national Green Tourism schemes in Aquitaine.|
|Fauna and Flora||
Wildlife: horses, ewe, deer, wild boar, eagle,vulture, fowl, lynx and also.
Sealife: oysters, turbot, sole, skate and dogfish, tuna.
Different kind of forests: pine, beech, oak, chesnut and fir trees.
Hills covered by: tree fern, moor, broom, vineyards, sweetcorn.
|Areas of interest in Aquitaine|
|Côte d'Argent||One of the most popular french coasts.|
|Bassin d'Arcachon||A large famous lagoon where oysters are farmed.|
|Dune du Pilat||The largest sand dune in Europe.|