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With a huge diversity of landscapes, culture sites and climate, France is the most visited country in the world. France is located in Europe, and also controls numerous islands in three oceans and two continents, such as Reunion Island, Guadeloupe, and Martinique and French Guiana which is located in South America. France is the third most extensive territory in Europe, and offers a wide range of landscapes and leisure activities to suit everyone.

There are several mountain ranges – the Alps, Pyrénées, Juras, Voges, and the Massif Central; numerous seas such as the Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, and even the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy winter sports in the Alps, surf on the Landaise coast, drink delicious wine in Bordeaux, learn more about art in Paris, experience amazing trekking in Bretagne or Corse or have fun in an amusement park such as Disneyland Paris, Futuroscope or Puy du fou.

As you can see, France is so large and diverse that one article could not be exhaustive. For now, I want to tell you about one region in France. Far away from the famous Paris is the biggest of the 13 metropolitan regions: Nouvelle-Aquitaine (New Aquitaine).

Where is Nouvelle-Aquitaine located? 

Nouvelle-Aquitaine or New Aquitaine is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Pyrénées. This region offers a wide range of breathtaking landscapes – mountains, beaches, forests; tasty gastronomy – Foie gras, duck breast, cannelé, Basque cake, pastis landais; and a long and ancient history.

This region is accented on a push pin world map and marked with white arrow.

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Bordeaux and wine
Bordeaux – known as the city of wine – is the capital of the region, and is the perfect place to take a walk and admire the beauty of France with its gorgeous streets and ancient architecture. Bordeaux is located around vineyards and is renowned for its luscious Grands crus (great wine) such as Margot, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Petrus or Saint Emilion.

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visit places to pin on a push pin travel map in France
visit places to pin on a push pin travel map in France

Breathtaking landscapes
There are amazing landscapes with beaches and coastlines free from buildings, and the ocean has an amazing color and great waves in Basque country or Les Landes. Some old towns offer the chance to experience France as a typical Basque Country with their own unique lifestyle.

Also, there are some amazing places around Bordeaux such as Le basin d’Arcachon where you can admire the beauty of nature in Cap Ferret, navigate on Bird Island and observe the spectacular bay from dune of the Pylat (Biggest sand dune of Europe).

Another remarkable old city surrounded by vineyards is Saint Emilion. This ancient city with medieval looks offers an idyllic setting for its visitors. There you can taste the best wine of the region and for a second, feel the vibe of a different century. 

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Atlantic coast

visit places to pin on a push pin travel map Atlantic Ocean in France

Le basin d’Arcachon or Arcachon Bay

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Saint Emilion

visit places to pin on a push pin travel map Pyrenees in France

The Pyrenees – this spectacular mountain chain is a natural border with Spain and Andorra in the south of France. Even if the Pyrenees don’t seem as great as the Alps at first, this 430km long mountain chain is the perfect place for trekking and canoeing or rafting because of mountain torrents, another phenomenon specific to the French Pyrenees.