Nouvelle Aquitaine is the largest state or administrative district in France. It was formally created during the land reforms in 2014, which reorganized many of our traditional districts and regions to look more like what you would refer to as states or provinces, even though we do not have a strong system of local government. It’s on the southwest coast of France, which makes it the most popular vacation destination in the country, even more popular than Paris or the Alps. It has many tourists pass through every year, and many end up staying and making this area their home. They mainly visit the historical resort towns of Arcachon, Biarritz, and Royan.
N.A. is centered around the city of Bordeaux, which is the 7th largest concentration of urban populations in the whole of the country, and the Bordeaux area and other cities are quickly growing with high population growth rates and very attractive regions for agriculture and for wine making. In fact, this region is the most productive agricultural area in the whole of Europe, including the Rhine valley in Germany. Bordeaux wines are some of the best-known in the world and there is a strong tradition of cognac as well.
Something that is very exciting for the future of our area is that there is much development around high-tech industries in scientific and pharmaceutical research. There are also 5 very prestigious universities in this region which makes it appealing for young people who balance out the older tourist population to make Nouvelle Aquitaine rather well balanced in age. All of these new people who have been arriving are also driving an expanded travel network which will include a high speed rail line running from Paris all the way to Spain. It will bring even more commerce and travel to the area, which is good for all of us.
There are many interesting facts about the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. The area is home to the tallest sand dune in Europe, it is the tallest outside of Africa as far as is known. It is found on the Avert peninsula among many other coastal dunes that are popular for ATV activities and sandboarding. It is also home to the Pyrenees mountains in the South which is where you will find the distinctive Basque population. This is where many of the most challenging stages of the Tour de France are held.
I hope you will be inspired to learn more about our region, and perhaps to visit someday! There is much wine, sunshine, and wonderful food awaiting you. There is something for everybody, whether you enjoy skiing or sitting on the beach with a fine novel.