Five reasons to visit south-western France this autumn
14th October, 2016
While the days of sunning it up on the French Riviera
may be coming to an end for this year, thereís still plenty of reasons to head
to France for a holiday this autumn. South-western France in particular has
much to offer, and for many who have visited the region before, autumn is the
best time to go.
Hereís why you should pack your bags and escape to
south-western France this autumn.
The throngs of tourists who once packed the beaches and the
city centres have now gone, leaving just a few other visitors who have spotted
the regionís autumn appeal. Youíll have the endless sandy beaches of Aquitaine
to yourself, perfect for a relaxing stroll, while the landmarks in places such
as Bordeaux will also be relatively quiet.
Despite summer having come to an end, the weather in
south-western France often remains extremely pleasant going into the autumn.
The average October temperatures, for instance, are often in the mid-twenties,
meaning you can still enjoy the beautiful sights the region has to offer and
dining al fresco.
South-western France is famous for its excellent surf, which
is of course only enhanced by the beautiful weather. The region of Aquitaine is
in a prime position with its Atlantic coast, which is home to great waves all
year round, not only for surfing but also other watersports such as
bodyboarding. Autumn is also the preferred time of year for the pros, with the
Quik Pro event running across the first two weeks of October.
Autumn is one of the best times of year to indulge yourself
on the local cuisine, as itís the harvest season, meaning more delectable
fruits and vegetables come into season. Itís also the prime time of year for
food festivals, held to celebrate the harvest or a popular local dish. Two of
the best examples can be found in the Basque Country: the Gateau
Basque Festival and the Espelette
As well as the food harvest, the grape harvest is also well
underway during the autumn, making it an exciting time of year for wine lovers.
Bordeaux wine in internationally renowned, and during the autumn, you can not
only buy the newly-released wines but also attend wine tastings, visit wine
festivals and take tours of the vineyards during the grape harvests.