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France - Atlantic Coast (PDF Chapter)
With quiet country roads winding through vine-striped hills and wild stretches of coastal sand interspersed with misty islands, the Atlantic coast is where France gets back to nature. It’s more laid-back than the Med but with almost as much sunshine.
- gorging on exceedingly fine architecture, art, food and wine in Unesco-listed Bordeaux
- romping atop Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest sand dune, followed by lunch with sensational sea-and-sand view at La Corniche
- scaling ancient defensive towers, sailing to Fort Boyard and encountering sharks in la Rochelle’s incredible aquarium
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Upper Atlantic Coast, Nantes, Central Atlantic Coast, Poitiers, Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle, Île de Ré, Cognac, Lower Atlantic Coast, Bordeaux, The Médoc, St-Émilion, Arcachon, Around Arcachon.
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