The 10 Best Things to Do in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

December 1, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France, from Europe region, is best know for Theme Parks. Discover best things to do in Nouvelle-Aquitaine with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

Avenue Rene Monory, 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France +33 5 49 49 30 80
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4 based on 10 reviews

Futuroscope

With more than 50 million visitors since it opened, Futuroscope is one one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe. Futuroscope is the ideal place to relax in, with 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside and 25 original experiences you won't find anywhere else: films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more. The spectacular theatres inside Futuroscope are gigantic sculptures and their futuristic lines blend in smoothly with the surrounding landscape. Discovery and thrills guaranteed for everyone, young and old!

Reviewed By Pat042 - Geneva, Switzerland

We were lucky to visit the park a day where less than 5000 people were in. Which means ... no waiting time at attractions and of course this change completely the experience in an attraction park. But anyway, this park is a fantastic combination between technology, shows, discoveries and attractions ... Nicely done (perhaps now a bit obsolete versus the future, which was the original idea) but a great time to spend. Diversity in the attractions (from magic show, to 4 D experiences and a 3D movie). To be done !

2. Brantome Police Horses & Friends

La Grange | St Pancrace, Near Brantome, 24530 Brantome, France +33 5 53 05 86 80
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Brantome Police Horses & Friends

Providing a loving and final home for retired British Police horses. Brantome Police Horses provides care and rehabilitation for many horses and ponies alongside donkeys, dogs, cats, sheep, goats and chickens. We are situated in the heart of the countryside, ten minutes north of Brantome, South West France. Our primary aim is to provide a safe and caring environment for retired British Police Horses, for the rest of their lives. We open to the public on certain afternoons - always a Wednesday afternoon. Other afternoons will be specified on the home page of our website. We enjoy having people to visit and it is used as part of the rehabilitation process for some of our animals. We provide a great tea and there is a lovely gift shop to browse. With your help, we can give these animals the best possible care, for the rest of their lives. "Saving just one horse will not change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one horse."

Reviewed By newtraveller58 - Cambuslang, United Kingdom

We had an excellent afternoon here during our recent stay in the Dordogne. La Grange is a beautiful setting in the countryside a few kilometres from Brantome (between Perigeux and Angouleme). The visit includes a short talk and presentation explaining the background to the facility, followed by the opportunity to meet a number of the retired police horses. It was fascinating to hear their stories and the bravery they had exhibited while working. After that the afternoon tea including home made scones and cakes with tea or coffee rounded the afternoon off superbly. My wife and our friend Jim are both Coeliacs and the gluten free scone and lemon drizzle cake were both judged to be top notch. This is a very relaxed afternoon with the opportunity to spend more time with the horses after tea as well as visiting the gift shop if you wish to support the work further.

3. Chateau Cantenac

2 Lieu Dit Cantenac | Route Departementale 670, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France +33 5 57 51 35 22
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Chateau Cantenac

Nicole Roskam-Brunot and her sons, 4th generation, perpetuate a family passion for elaborating great wines of Saint Emilion. Our philosophy is about obtaining the highest quality, authenticity, terroir and vintage expression on each vintage.Nicole Roskam-Brunot likes to say that, “Each vintage is a new melody with multiple variations.”Our engagement : to compose great fine wines ! Tours and tastings available by appointment only! Call or e-email to make a reservation. Visites et degustations sur RDV uniquement! Merci de nous appeler ou nous envoyer un mail pour prendre un RDV.

Reviewed By TomStockholm - Stockholm

We visited two years ago, and found it so nice - both the vineyard, the wine and the excellent and charming tour. Now, 2017 autumn, the second visit - this time with friends, and we all found it so nice again. This is a family run estate, not to big, not to "posh", but instead - with lot´s of charm and fun facts. AJ who is guiding in excellent English (you will understand why when there), is really doing a great job. With a twinkle in her eye!
We are now staying 5 months every year in Saint Emilion - and we have visited (in total over the years) around 160 vineyards. We know wine, a little.
If we divide them into 3 Groups - Family estate, Middle and Corporate owned and finally "The big dragons", this one is a: Family estate. In that Group we can highly recommend Chateau Cantenac. You will be guided by a Family Member (not some student from Bordeaux wine school, just Reading from the chateau´s notes), you will have a possibily to ask detailed questions about winemaking, you will see how an small estate is run, and you will have a guided wine tasting that is lovely - all in a very personal and warm, family setting.
And finally - wine from Saint Emilion is usually good wine! Not always but often a little overpriced. This - Chateau Cantenac - is not. This is a really Classic Saint Emilion wine, at a really, really good price. Value for Money. (and No, I´not paid to say this!)
/ Tom & Mikael

4. Oradour-sur-Glane old town

Centre de la Memoire, 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane, France +33 5 55 43 04 30
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Oradour-sur-Glane old town

Reviewed By Stuart M - Birmingham, United Kingdom

what can I say that hasn't already been said. A very moving and very sad reminder of mankind's potential to his fellow human. My only criticism is the lack of information translated into other languages. I feel this could be improved, especially in the explanitory film. There are however some very interesting and informative short films of Youtube which give more details of this most horrific,cruel and tragic event

5. Chateau Mauvinon

217 Chateau Mauvinon, 33330 Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, France +33 6 10 84 03 97
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Chateau Mauvinon

Reviewed By Kirsty R - Dalgety Bay

We visited yesterday and had a fantastic personalised private tour of the Château. The owner took us round herself and we got an excellent understanding of the wine making process and what it takes to produce an excellent Saint Emilion Grand Cru. This is a small winery so excellent if you want to ask lots of questions and learn more about the process. Highly recommended.

6. Chateau Beaurang

1 Lieu Dit Beaurang | Beaurang, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France +33 5 57 24 73 31
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Chateau Beaurang

A tour in the vineyard, the cellar and the wooden barrels cellar explaining the culture of the vines and the wine-making process. It is made by Claude PUYOL or Delphine PUYOL 3rd and 4th generation of the family PUYOL working at Château Beaurang. It ends by a wine tasting of their 3 different wines : Joseph d'Aragon, Château Beaurang and Château des Jouvencelles.

Reviewed By HML-Swe - Stockholm, Sweden

We had booked a tour at this chateau in English but unfortunately the daughter was sick when we arrived. The father took care of us instead, his English was ok and he really tried to explain everything to us in the best way he could....MoreSorry about my absence but it seems that my father made a good job! thank you for your message.

7. Chateau Paloumey

50 rue Pouge de Beau, 33290 Ludon-Medoc, France +33 5 57 88 00 66
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Chateau Paloumey

Chateau Paloumey is a welcoming Cru Bourgeois located at the doors of Medoc in Haut-Medoc appellation. Paloumey benefits from a prestigious terroir of fine Garonne gravels also shared by neighboring Classified Growths Chateaux La Lagune and Cantemerle. Our moto? Offering each visitor a memorable tour & tasting experience... Focusing on the notion of terroir thanks to a walk in our vineyard, explaining the winemaking process and stressing the importance of traditional barrel ageing in our barrel chai. Come and taste our wines while enjoying our terrace's outstanding view. Craft your "Paloumey Experience" by choosing between our walk-in visits and private tours. We are open all year long except during the holiday season (from December 21st until January 10th).

Reviewed By Carmen K - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

We had an amazing time visiting this winery - the tour was fantastic, very companiable, the driver was very knowledgeable and friendly as was the guide at the chateau, who answered our questions with informative and interesting answers. Really delighted with our visit! Merci!

8. Dune du Pilat

route de Biscarrosse | Rd 218, 33115, La Teste-de-Buch, France +33 5 56 22 12 85
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Dune du Pilat

The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible panoramic view over the ocean, forest and Arcachon Bay but also and more importantly, a living, natural space that needs to be looked after and protected. Since December 2007, the Syndicat Mixte de la Grande Dune du Pilat has been working to protect and preserve this national piece of heritage that belongs to us all.From the top of this giant (109 meters high, 2,7 kilometers long, 500 meters wide), you can see many remarkable sites of the region.

Reviewed By Emma&Kieran - Ireland

You have to see it to appreciate the beauty. We were lucky to be there on a beautiful October evening and watched the sunset..... amazing.

9. Chateau Laniote

3 Lieu Dit la Niotte, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France +33 5 57 24 70 80
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Chateau Laniote

Chateau Laniote has been in the same family for almost two centuries. Arnaud de la Filolie, assisted by his oenologist wife, Florence Ribereau-Gayon has been in charge since 1989. The vineyard spread over 12 acres at the North-West of Saint-Emilion. The tour consists in visiting the cellars: vatcellar, storage room, barrels cellar, watching a little video about vinifications and tasting the wine. Guided tours by appointment.

Reviewed By thecapitaltraveler - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Read about this experience and ended up here on a van tour from the tourism office. Enjoyed the wine and hospitality! I believe this walkable from town. While the presentation may by light-hearted, do not miss that the wine is classified grand cru classé and...MoreThank you so much for your notification. I hope you enjoyed your trip. See you next time for the tasting of a new vintage ! I wish you an Happy New Year ! Arnaud

10. Great Dune of Pilat

Arcachon, France
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Great Dune of Pilat

Reviewed By IanandGilly - Christchurch, United Kingdom

An amazing spectacle. Climb to the top to enjoy the view (your legs will feel it). The views are spectacular and even the WW2 German fortifications that have fallen down the dune add atmosphere.

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