Cheap Flights to Nouvelle-Aquitaine

You have several options when flying into the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The largest of these is the Bordeaux - Merignac Airport, and there are five smaller airports that handle a more limited amount of commercial traffic. Some are limited to a single carrier, for example the Perigueux Bassillac Airport which only connects to Paris by way of regional carrier Twin Jet. Connecting flights to Bordeaux - Merignac are available from most major cities in France.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine High and Low Seasons

Nouvelle-Aquitaine experiences the standard peak and low seasons that the rest of France and Western Europe have. Summer is peak season, with a particular spike in August, as that is a traditional vacation month in France (as well as many other European countries). Shoulder seasons are during the spring and fall, and the low season is during the cold months in winter. The Aquitaine area is in the Gulf Stream, however, and has milder winters than much of the rest of France. The region as a whole averages around 220 days of sunshine per year.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine Airport Tips

Most flights to the region will bring you to Bordeaux - Merignac Airport. This is one of the larger airports in France and has a wide range of amenities such as duty-free shops, restaurants, two lounges and free WiFi. The airport is open 24 hours, and most restaurants are open on Sunday, though just about everything closes when the last flight of the night leaves (usually well before midnight). A collection of hotels are available very close to the airport, including a Best Western and a Quality Suites; they're close enough to walk to, but just about all of them offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

Transportation from Nouvelle-Aquitaine Airports

Bordeaux - Merignac Airport has one shuttle and a number of city buses that go between the airport and Bordeaux's Saint Jean train station throughout the day. However, be aware that there are no such transit options overnight. The Saint Jean train station connects to the high-speed TGV train to Paris. In addition to the standard taxi services, the airport also has a wide range of car rental agencies. Most of the big name agencies such as Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Europcar have a presence there.

The Pau Pyrenees airport has a shuttle service that connects to the town center of Pau and the local Gare de Pau train station, which is a stop along the Paris TGV line. Car rental is also available from a variety of major chains including Avis, Enterprise and Hertz.

Things to do in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Given the relatively large amount of sunlight in the region, the Aquitaine region is a major wine-producing area. Bordeaux is the central city for wine tourists, with Medoc wine being the local specialty. There are also a number of quaint seaside villages in the region and it is home to the largest sand dune in Europe, which offers amazing coastal views from the top. Outside of Bordeaux you'll find a variety of coastal resorts, ancient castles and lovely forest hikes among other attractions.

Flights to Aquitaine

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