The largest region in France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine is as diverse as it is surprising. Calm and wild nature, wide open spaces, world-renowned vineyards, exceptional gastronomy, vibrant towns, outstanding cultural heritage, legendary beaches... The diversity of our tourism offering attracts over 30 million tourists every year.
Nouvelle-Aquitaine conjures up prestigious destinations like Bordeaux, the Dordogne Valley, Biarritz and the Basque Country, Cognac, Pau and the Pyrénées as well as Limoges and its craftsmanship, not to mention La Rochelle forever looking to the ocean and the ever-so charming Île de Ré, just waiting to be discovered by bike on the host of bikeways woven around the island.
The coast (along the Atlantic Ocean) offers over 750 km of fine sandy beaches. The region, surfers' paradise, hosts international competitions and championships every year. In winter, Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a favourite destination for winter sports' lovers with 3 exquisite ski areas nestling in the Pyrénées. Nouvelle-Aquitaine is also 4,200 km of bikeways and 51 golf courses.
On the culture side, endless opportunities to be entertained exist: museums, strolls through charming little villages, trips to UNESCO Heritage listed monuments, festivals, and more... Besides, Nouvelle-Aquitaine locals just love partying, afterwork festivities are a tradition and ferias, the must-dos for everyone.
Nouvelle-Aquitaine, a prime example of a sports destination is one of the cradles of __rugby in France . Since the end of the 19th century, there has been an incredibly tight-knit bond between rugby and Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The sport arrived from England and was spread throughout France via the ports of Bordeaux and Bayonne where English sailors transmitted their love for this game to their French counter¬parts. The first club__ was established in Bordeaux in 1877 and, since then, the sport has developed across the region and counts a host of exceptional players.
Art-de-vivre, aka lifestyle, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine focuses on a commonly-loved, festive, hospitable, gastronomic, vibrant spirit.
So, come along and enjoy the rhythm of rugby in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The region's inhabitants welcome you to pass on their passion for the oval ball to you and invite you to discover the lifestyle which goes with it.
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