A summer destination par excellence, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region enjoys not only a mostly mild and sunny climate, but also a privileged location between the Atlantic Ocean, the Pyrénées mountains and the Massif Central. In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance!
With a beautiful diversity of landscapes, ranging from the famous Bordeaux vineyards to the splendid Pyrénées, passing through the charming Dordogne valley, the peaceful Millevaches plateau, the Limousin mountains, the mysterious Poitou Marsh, the islands of Ré and Oléron or the picturesque Basque Country, this magnificent territory in the heart of southwestern France offers holidaymakers a wide range of activities and discoveries. Rich in remarkable sites, the region boasts a multitude of natural and built treasures, and combines the joys of the beach and ocean with the attractions of the forest and water bodies.
Some major tourist attractions are particularly unavoidable such as the cities of Art and History of Bayonne, Bordeaux, Pau, Périgueux and Poitiers, the castles of Bonaguil, Cazeneuve, Crozant, Roquetaillade and La Rochefoucauld, the medieval cities of Saint-Émilion and Sarlat-la-Canéda, the old port of La Rochelle, the picturesque villages of Angles-sur-l'Anglin, Collonges-la-Rouge and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, the sumptuous gardens of Eyrignac and Marqueyssac, but also the famous seaside resorts of Arcachon, Biarritz, Capbreton, Hossegor, Royan and Saint-Jean-de-Luz or the high dune of Pilat which majestically dominates the entrance to the Arcachon basin. Lovers of religious architecture and artistic heritage will be delighted by the jewels of Romanesque art, such as the church of Aulnay-de-Saintonge, the triad of Melle, the collegiate church of Le Dorat or the abbey church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, and secular traditions and know-how, such as the famous Aubusson tapestry and the famous Limoges porcelain.
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine will also delight lovers of relaxation and sports activities, with its immense fine sandy beaches, iodine waves popular with surfers, lakes and ponds ideal for water sports, pine forests dotted with cycle paths, spas with beneficial waters, ski areas and countless hiking trails. As for gourmands in search of flavours, they will also be delighted, as the region is renowned for its specialities and local products, such as the wines of Bordeaux, Bergerac and Jurançon, Arcachon and Marennes-Oléron oysters, Agen prunes, Landes poultry and foie gras, Périgord truffles, Chalosse beef, Bayonne ham, potted chicken, Poitou grindings, flognarde and Basque cake. You will also be seduced by the presence of such famous sites as the Futuroscope amusement park, the Zoodyssée de Villiers-en-Bois, the Valley of the Monkeys, the Walibi Park South-West or the zoo of La Palmyre!
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region climate is oceanic with moderate temperature differences and four distinct seasons. There are of course some small nuances according to the different areas of the region. Autumn is usually mild and humid. October still has warm temperatures and a bit of rain, while November brings freshness and humidity with moderate rainfall. The weather in the region is cool and humid in winter however. Temperatures are low but remain positive and precipitation is moderate. This is obviously different in the Pyrénées massif where temperatures are then negative and snow is abundant. In spring, temperatures gradually rise and it is hot as early as May. Precipitation is moderate until June when it begins to decline. A very pleasant season to discover the region. The climate is hot and dry in summer. Temperatures range from hot to very hot and precipitation is low. This is the ideal time to enjoy the beaches of the Atlantic coast. In the end it will depend on your preferences in terms of weather and what sorts of activities you'll want to do during that time!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!