Travel Planning
Southwestern France
Travel Planning
Southwestern France

Southwestern France at a Glance

Home to famous Burgundy wines, spectacular medieval castles and the jagged Pyrenees, southwestern France is a world apart from Paris. This fiercely independent region is a wonderful place to hike, wine-taste and discover ancient cities. 

Atmospheric Toulouse is a first-stop on many people's trip to southwestern France. Rose-tinted roofs, students and a 2000 years worth of history make Toulouse a great place to visit. Bordeaux is another fascinating place to visit in southwestern France. over half the city has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and its transit system makes it easy to get around. 

If you prefer a country vacation, hike the Pyrenees, visit tiny villages on the Spanish border and lose yourself on vertical hillsides filled with sheep. Alternatively, travel the rolling hills of wine country and taste some of France's very best vintages. 

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Popular Places
  • Bordeaux Bordeaux
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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport
  • Major Airport Toulouse–Blagnac Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Southwestern France has cool winters and warm summers. May is the rainiest month of the year in many places. 

Safety Concerns Safety concerns are varied throughout the region. Wherever you travel use basic safety precautions to avoid pickpockets and thieves. 

Health Concerns Southwestern France has clean drinking water and good public health. If you drink water from lakes or streams, be sure to purify it. 

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