Yes, we have a car, so that makes travelling around much easier. With regards to Biscarrosse specifically, will there be enough to see and do for 3 days beyond relaxing on the beach?
Thanks for the adivce. I was wondering about that amount of time in Biscarrosse. The inn we'd like to stay in has a 3 night minimum, so I was trying to work around that. However, your suggestion makes a lot of sense. Thanks.
Driving around the area is not difficult, however driving in the city of Bordeaux itself can be very challenging. I've driven in and out of the city many times and the last time I still had a hard time getting to the parking closest to my hotel. Figure on driving in/out and leaving the car for the rest of the time while you're there. Not sure what route you're taking from Limoges but the non-highway route is pretty and Brantome and Perigueux are worth a visit and in fact each may be a better stay than Limoges. The beach area south of Archachon is lovely with pine forests reaching almost to the beaches. The towns are mostly touristic but enjoyable all the same. By the way, Bordeaux is a great city to spend a few nights in on the way; it's a must.
Biscarosse has a beautiful long, sandy beach but when we visited, there was no shelter from the sun.
Lac Navarosse is a nice spot for a morning/afternoon trip. Perhaps afternoon would be better if it is particularly hot as it is surrounded by trees.
We enjoyed a visit to Chateau de Cazeneuve. I am interested in French history and this was the home of Henri IV at La Reine Margot. It is situated at Prechac - Villandraut. The grounds include a bamboo forest and a riverside walk to a grotto
Other places we visited: Creon, Cadillac, Arcachon (dune de Pyla - worth the climb!!)
We also came across another vineyard to add to our list. Chateau Melin and Chateau Constantin at Baurech: www.vignobles-modet.com
Your first-hand experience in Bordeaux is much appreciated. I'll keep that in mind when choosing accommodations. With regards to Limoges, we were thinking of driving to and staying there directly from the airport in Paris upon our arrival. We wanted to get a good head start within the limits of "jetlag". I'll take a look at Brantome and Perigeux. Thanks.
Thanks, Pamjo, for the beach suggestions, as well as for the historical sights. Visiting vineyards will be another highlight, so we'll check out the chateaux you recommended.
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