Capital of Gascony: Auch

Capital of Gascony: Auch

Occitan culture and Armagnac

Gascony is a historical province with its own language. Gascon is a subspecies of Occitan. The inhabitants of the triangle between Bordeaux, Biarritz and Toulouse live mainly from fishing and wine growing. Well known is the Armagnac, which can only be produced in Gascony. Brandy is considered the oldest French spirit. It is related to Cognac, but is distilled differently and must be stored in oak barrels for at least 20 years.

Attractions Gascony


Urban capital of Medoc and Bordeaux

With its 18th century neoclassical architecture, the capital of Aquitaine is one of the most scenic cities in France. The city once known as “Sleeping Beauty” is now wide awake, thanks in part to the over 60,000 students who reside there and contribute to its vibrant atmosphere. Although important as a port city and centre of trade, Bordeaux is mainly known for its vineyards. Wine has been produced in the area since the Roman period. The city belonged to England for three centuries and was the French capital during World War I. The nearby wine-growing areas of Bordelais and Médoc, considered by many experts to be the most important vineyards in the world, are worth a visit.

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