Cheap flights to Aquitaine

Aquitaine, also known as Guyenne or Guienne, is an extensive region located southwest of France, among the 27 regions in the country. It has a long coastline, along the Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay) and a mountainous border with Spain along the Pyrenees Mountains, and the French part of Basque Country lies at the southwest end of Aquitaine. Its capital is Bordeaux. It is comprised of five departments, Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, and Gironde. The official language is French, and other languages spoken are Basque, Occitan, Gascon, Labourd, Lower Navarre, and Soule.

What to see & do

Aquitaine is home to several historical towns, castles, and villages. Visit the Roquetaillade Castle, the natural defensive site that has been inhabited by humans since the Stone Age and its two castles are now surrounded by a protective wall. There’s also the 150 miles of continuous sandy beach between the Gironde and the Pyrenees; nature lovers will surely delight in Euronat, La Jenny, and Arnautchot. The capital, Bordeaux, is a historic city with many tourist attractions. Check out Les Quais, which is great for nice walks on the shores of the Garonne; see the Aquitaine Bridge, an architectural achievement unique in the country; the Jacques-Chaban-Delmas lift bridge, which has a liftable deck that goes up to 53 metres (170 feet), that enables cruise ships and historical sailboats to dock close to the Quinconces Square; the historical monuments in La Victoire, which is a popular spot among students and bar-goers; shop and have a taste of Aquitaine culture at the same time in The Pedestrian Center; the rich districts in Gambetta Square, also known as “Little Paris”; Quinconces Square, where the fountain monument to the Girondins is located; and Meriadeck, the administrative centre of the city and home to one of the biggest libraries in the country.

How to get around within Aquitaine

Getting around in big cities like Bordeaux is enjoyable by walking, quite surprisingly. Driving is not exactly recommended, as it is always a hassle (and is expensive) to park, and not to mention, traffic jams are present in narrow, old streets of the city. In Bordeaux, there are three tramway lines available: A, B, and C, which offer efficient rides to your destination. There’s also a small ferry boat that plies from the western shore of the river to the eastern shore, and vice-versa. Buses are also available. Bicycles are also popular, as cities like Bordeaux are flat and have an abundance of bike lanes. In fact, getting around by roller-skates are not uncommon in these areas.

How to get there

Getting in by plane to Aquitaine is possible via Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, the international airport that serves Bordeaux, the ninth largest city in France. The airport is the sixth busiest in the country in terms of passengers and it mainly features flights to metropolitan and leisure destinations in Europe and Northern Africa and serves as a hub for Volotea. Some of the airlines that operate here include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Algérie, Air France, Air Méditerranée, Air Transat, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, Europe Airpost, Helvetic Airways, HOP!, Iberia, Jetairfly, KLM, Ryanair, and Vueling, among others, flying to and from Dublin, Athens, Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Montréal-Trudeau, London-Gatwick, Brest, Rennes, Madrid, Zürich, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Marrakech, and more.

Flights to Aquitaine

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