For those who enjoy a slightly more energetic time, hikes along the Dordogne river, cross country cycling, canoeing, golf, horse riding, and even hot air balloon rides are available in the area.

The nearby lakes provide pedalos, jet skis, water skis and windsurfing amongst other activities. Or you could make the hour journey to the beaches of Arcachon.

The area is also steeped in history both ancient and modern and has many captivating stories to tell. Cycling is a particularly enjoyable way to take in the spectacular scenery.

The Battle of Castillon is enacted in July to commemorate the defeat of the English at the end of the One Hundred Years war. This is a must-see event if you are in the area at the right time (usually mid-July to mid-August). There are also other intriguing stories to uncover during your stay.