Vineyards everywhere colour and influence the landscape and for wine lovers the Château Haut-Brion is already well known. Lover of oysters can visit the oyster beds at Archachon and enjoy a sample or two in the many waterside restaurants. To the south of this interesting bay are the highest sand dunes in Europe. Steps lead to the top 115 meters over the surrounding countryside. Of course, it is also possible to make the strenuous climb up through the sand to the top from whence there is a wide view along the coast and the countryside of the Landes. Martaliv et-les-Bains offers a huge sandy beach and the Atlantic rollers encourage all kinds of watersports. The airport in Bordeaux is well served with flights from all over Europe.
Population: 1 387 000 (2006)
Main towns: Bordeaux, Mérignac, Pessac