Top Reasons to visit New Aquitaine in 2018

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Top Reasons to Visit New Aquitaine in 2018

Major Events

Bordeaux Wine Festinal and Tall Ship Regatta, 20th anniversary 14-17th June 2018

Bordeaux Wine Festival hosts The Three Festivals - Tall Ships Regatta

The history of Bordeaux’s wines and that of its port have been intertwined since ancient times. Together they built Bordeaux’s reputation as a leading international centre for maritime trade, with the wines acting as excellent ambassadors! For this reason, we were more than happy to accept the organizers of the Tall Ships Regatta’s proposal that the 2018 edition should conclude in Bordeaux.

A glorious meeting of Bordeaux’s wines with a magnificent fleet of sailing vessels... It also seemed only logical that the Regatta should be a guest of Bordeaux’s Wine Festival, which will thus celebrate its twentieth anniversary in spectacular fashion. With thirty of the most beautiful boats in the world, assembled for a regatta that will sail from Liverpool to Dublin and then to Bordeaux, our port will recreate the spectacular visit of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race in 1990 which was attended by hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic spectators. No doubt Bordeaux’s quays will once again attract huge crowds to enjoy the twin attraction of tasting the region’s wines and experiencing the thrill that these magnificent ships never fail to arouse.

Monet exhibition at the new Musée de la Mer et de la Marine : June 15th – September 1st

The Museum of the Sea and the Navy of Bordeaux will open its doors in June 2018 with a first major temporary exhibition dedicated to Claude Monet, in partnership with the Marmottan Monet Museum.

Cité du Vin new exhibition : “Wine and Music, Chords and Discords” (16th-19th Centuries) : March 23 – June 24th

If Bacchus is the god of intoxication, sensual pleasure, fertility and inspiration, then the allegory of music is often associated with love, sensuality and wine. In festivities of every era, banquets and taverns have brought together wine and music in every setting, whether princely, bourgeois or popular. From grand palace decor to miniatures or imagery, court ballet to opera, drinking songs to dance melodies, evocations of wine and music are ubiquitous in the various forms reinvented for each era.
The exhibition will illustrate this multiplicity by covering mythical, secular, epicurean and even moralising topics across 140 works (paintings, drawings, song books, musical instruments, ceramics) and a musical journey split into different individual listening points and three shared listening booths (opera, drinking songs, ballet) from the 16th to 19th centuries. The exhibition is curated by Florence Gétreau, Director Emeritus of Research at CNRS.

Major Openings in New Aquitaine in 2018

• Musée de la Mer et de la Marine (Sea Museum) : June 15th 2018

Hotels & Accommodations

• New MGallery by Sofitel hotel in Châtelaillon - south of La Rochelle. Complete renovation of the Mercure 3 Islands. Opening schedule for summer 2017 and Spa Nuxe.
• Hotel Chais Monnet – 5* hotel opening scheduled for summer 2018. New luxury hotel in the center of Cognac (100 rooms, suites and Spa project).
• Hotel de Bouilhac Montagnac, a charming boutique hotel close to Lascaux, in Montignac, Dordogne
• Jo & Joe – new in front of the Cite du vin, a hostel of 200 beds with an opening set in 2019.

Glamping & Camping

- Les Nids d’hôtes à Cambo-les-Bains: offers "perched huts" for 2/3 people, from 190 euros per night. Three cabins installed 12 meters high, with a round bed, shower
- Bô Zen Lodge, in Biarritz, in luxury tent (from 180 euros / night), designed as a hotel suite, with private spa and cocooning included
- Lo Rey du Lac, in Hossegor a canvas and wood lodge for 4 people (from 200 euros stay 2 nights) a few steps from the beaches, in a 12-hectare park on the edge of the lake.
- The Téouleyre, in Saint-Julien-en-Born, with its lodge 5 people (from 80 euros per night) six kilometers from the beach of Contis,

Oenotourism & Gastronomy

o Château Richelieu - Owned by a Chinese businesswoman, Château Richelieu inaugurated its new winery. On site, everything has been designed to open up to wine tourism, with a tasting room having both views of the vat and the barrel cellar, a rarity in the landscape of vineyards. The new building was built in the prospect of the charterhouse of the castle housing five guest rooms.

o Cognac – New activations and technological advancements take the helm at Rémy Martin. The XO is now presented with a Microsoft Hololens VR helmet. The experience lasts a minute and a half. Launched on June 15 in Los Angeles, the traveling Virtual Reality exhibition will head to the United States and presented in October in Moscow and Shanghai.

o Bordeaux -Bacalan – a gourmet market and "popular chic" restaurant opposite the Cité du Vin. "The Familia" restaurant and new sign Bacalan and the Halles of Bacalan, a neighboring covered market will open next October.
o Lascombes will roll out 780 m² of its space in the "popular chic", where the dish of the day is announced between 8 and 10 euros but where we will also find 3,000 types of wine in the wine cellar. o
o The Kaviar Group (Sturia, Akitania, Siberia, Sturgeon, Ikka brands), L'Esturgeonnière (Perlita), Caviar de France (Diva, Ebene) and Aquadem (Black Pearl) meet in the Caviar Association Aquitaine to wear the colors of the region. Today Aquitaine is a leader in caviar exports, which provides 80% of national production.

Bicycle Tourism

o New European route in France: the FLOW VELO
o The two departmental tourism committees Charente and Charente-Maritime are teaming up with the Dordogne for the development of soft paths, including the Flow Vélo, which will be inaugurated next spring.

Reminder : RecentlyOpened

- June 2016 : Opening of Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.
Situated in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations.
450 000 visitors welcome the 1st year

  • July 2016 : The opening of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson
    A cultural center created in response to UNESCO incorporating the craftsmanship of tapestry into its list of intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. The task of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie is to preserve, increase and highlight the great craftsmanship of tapestry in Aubusson.

  • December 2016: opening of the new Lascaux in the Dordogne Périgord region


Wine & Dine in the most famous wine region in the world

History in the making: the heritage of Nouvelle Aquitaine

The simple pleasures in life: experience art de vivre

On your bike! – cycling excursions

Surf’s up in Nouvelle Aquitaine


Céline BOUTE
New Aquitaine Tourism Board