South West France

  • Bayonne Guinard
  • Biarritz, La Cote des Basques
  • Basque Country
  • Bordeaux Wine & Golf
  • Surfing in Biarritz (Crédit Emmy Martens)
  • Golf du Médoc Resort
  • Basque Gastronomy (Credit Ecole des Gobelins)

The south-western corner of France offers visitors contrasting cities two hours apart: Bordeaux, the stately wine capital of the world with 65 appellations and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic heart, and elegant Biarritz, a seaside town on the Bay of Biscay that has been attracting holidaymakers since Europe’s royal families began visiting in the mid-1800s. 

Bordeaux, known as the Pearl of Aquitaine, is ideal as a base for a golf, gastronomy and wine holiday with courses close to the city and the opportunity for visitors to visit vineyards and enjoy the area’s wines, cuisine and culture. Courses include the two 18-hole layouts at Golf du Médoc, Les Châteaux and Les Vignes, with both having every hole named after a wine château, and Grand Saint-Emilionnais Golf Club, American designer Tom Doak’s first Continental Europe layout and just six miles from wine town Saint-Émilion.  

Biarritz has 16 golf courses within a 100km radius, in the Basque Country (courses include Golf de Biarritz le Phare, Golf de Chantaco - home to the Lacoste Ladies French Open, Golf de Chiberta and Golf d’Arcangues), the Landes (courses include Golf de Moliets, Golf de Seignosse and Golf Club Hossegor) and the Bearn Pyrenees (including Pau Golf Club, the oldest golf course in Continental Europe).

The best option to sample some of the local golf flavours is to make use of the Biarritz Destination Golf Pass.  

Speaking of flavours, all of the South West of France to the Basque region is famous for its additions to French national pride that is the gastronomy. Discover local specialities including the famous chillies from Espelette…

Visit the region over Easter weekend and marvel at the waves during the international surfing competition, the Quiksilver Maïder Arostéguy.

Come over the summer and enjoy the festival atmosphere with Las Casetas de Biarritz in June and Las Casetas d’Anglet in July. You may wish to go to some of the Ferias either the world famous Bayonne festival or a smaller one like les fetes de la Madeleine in Mont de Marsan. 

For more information on golf in the South West from the Landes to Biarritz, please click here or contact Maylis Cabanieu, Promotion Manager at Biarritz Tourism on or tel +33 5 59 22 37 17.