This region of France is one of the very few that offers residents seaside (the Atlantic Ocean), mountains (the Pyrenees) and a foreign country (Spain) at its borders. And at the heart of Aquitane, you’ll find the Dordogne probably the most beautiful pastoral area of France, with its rolling hills, ancient forests and sparkling rivers. Through the ages, man has enhanced this landscape with quaint villages, golden citadels and fairy-tale châteaux. It’s an area of quiet abundance, where time seems to go more slowly. But the region is also renowned for its unique tradition of great food, good living, and traditional local festivals. Here, the romantic countryside ideal really can come true.