Holiday for 2 Lot Garonne South West France

The Best Spot For A Selfie in Nouvelle Aquitaine

Grand Dune du Pilat

Where is the best spot to take a selfie you might ask yourself whilst on holiday here at Gone Fishin Aiguillon just 1hr from Bordeaux.

Perhaps we could suggest a good selfie would be your catch of the day around our carp lake if you were a fisherman.

But To be honest our guests love a day out down at Arcachon close to the bustling city of Bordeaux.

Go climbing the Grande  Dune du Pilat, this is the tallest sand dune in Europe.

Arcachon Pine Forest
Arcachon pine forest showing being slowly swallowed up by the Grand Dune du Pilat

Located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area just 60km from Bordeaux.

So, should you make to the top of the largest sand dune in Europe it would surely be  be the best and unique place to take that  selfie.


Steps to the Grande  Dune du Pilat
A choice either take the steps or hike… one way or another

This sand dune is enormous measuring 500 meter in width , 3 km in length and rising to a height of 107 meter above sea level.

The formation and movement has slowly caused the dune to slowly migrate away from the coast, engulfing the trees of an inland pine forest .

After ( to recover) you might enjoy a visit into Arcachon itself, enjoy the famous casino and many restaurants. A truly beautiful replace, at this very popular weekend retreat for many especially the people of Bordeaux City.

Arcachon is associated with a place of health and in recovery. The fresh sea air of Arcachon is said to recuperate various ailments.

Across the bay is Cape de Ferret, a popular with many famous celebrities, many of whom have holiday homes in this chic seaside resort. The lovely town is divided into 5 sections namely, the summer town, autumn town, winter town, spring town and a beach resort.

Casino d’Arcachon, Arcachon….

Arcachon Casino
An evening at the Casino in Arcachon


The casino was originally a chateau  – The Chateau Deganne and in 1904 was converted into the casino .

In the early part of 20th-century Paris and Bordeaux bourgeoisie came spend the summer in Arcachon , so the town was obliged to create a distraction in the form of a casino .

The Casino includes several banquet style halls that are available for hire  for special events

Where To Buy Organic Food in South West France

organic food store

Just 10 minutes from your holiday home here at Gone Fishin in the sunny Lot et Garonne you will find a fabulous organic shop Biocoop Gaia that specialises not only in local organic produce from surrounding areas of Aiguillon , Clairac and Marmande but all things for the home that is using organics . No plastics in sight. Facial creams and make up and many medical organic products. The family that run it are Dutch and all speak English  so indeed many of our English guests go and have a chatter , buy products and thoroughly enjoy the experience .


Pop into the satelite navigation… Ponchut – RD 813 – 47130 Port-Sainte-Marie

Biocoop Gaia
Biocoop Oraganic produce run by a delightful Dutch Family

Since the beginning of its creation, 20 years ago, they have managed their store as a cooperative. It is a motivated team, united by common values ​​and a love of their produce  that will welcome you at GAIA. As a member of the Biocoop network, Gaia is committed to respecting a common charter by supporting the development of organic and fair farming, in partnership with producer groups.

Organic food and household items
Biocoop Organics for all
Their products are rigorously selected by their network and meet the specifications of organic farming, fair trade and eco-products.
Located near the small village of Port St Marie, in the heart of a production basin, they favor live purchases from local producers.
We also can introduce you to a number of local apple growers whose produce is purely organic .

The Best Cycle Route in South West France

Cycle route close to Gone Fishin Aiguillon

Enjoying the cycle paths down the canal just 15 minutes away from your holiday home here at Gone Fishin’ Aiguillon. If you want to hire bicycles they can be brought to your door .

The Canals cycle route continues along the greenway beside the Canal de Garonne, passing through the very lively port of Buzet-sur-Baïse. You reach Agen itself via one of the longest canal-bridges in France, at 600m. The town is both capital of the département (French county) of Lot-et-Garonne and French capital of prunes… and it conceals many other curiosities, which you can discover in the remarkable monuments in the historic centre.

Agens famous long bridge
One of the longest canal bridges in France more than 600m

Explore Agen with its winding medieval streets and elegant boulevards, discover history going back 2,000 years, via St Caprais Cathedral, Rue des Cornières, the Musée des Beaux Arts (its art collections occupying four Renaissance houses) and Les Jacobins Church… not forgetting the splendid canal-bridge over the Garonne – with four locks and 23 stone arches, it’s the second-longest canal-bridge in France, after that over the Loire at Briare.

A Great Place For Snorkelling in South West France

Arcachon bay is the bay of Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast of France. The main diving area for Bordeaux divers is the Arcachon bay. It is a lagoon of 250 square km. The Arcachon Bay is the biggest sand dune in Europe. Much more here courtesy


The two main dive sites are Hortense and Saint Yves, but many other places are also interesting to spend time with sports. Advanced divers will dive out of the Arcachon bay on several wrecks, such as Le Chariot.


Scuba diving is an adventure open to anyone aged 12 or above. At the bottom of the dune, you can find a number of cafes and memorial shops. With the right training and support, you could be very soon enjoying your own scuba diving adventure!

The Colourful Carnival in South West France

Monflanquin Festival

Monflanquin Medieval  Festival The French equivalent to a spectacular carnival. People come from all over France and often the French stop for a long weekend to soak the atmosphere. Monflanquin, is a bastide in the north of the Lot-et-Garonne department of the southwest of France.

Built in 1256 as a military bastidetown on a strategic north-south route, it changed hands several times during the Hundred Years’ War.

The Festival start by animating this story…The story opens up to a medieval jester dressed in white and red, his shoes have curled-up toes and he is leaning on a twisted cane. He is surrounded by many children, laughing and listening as he explains the history of his Aquitaine village, Monflanquin. He is Janouille la Fripouille (the Scoundrel Janouille), bastard son of Henry of Navarre – who became Henri IV of France in 1589 – and the alter ego of street performer Jean Rocher.

Monflanquin festival
Monflanquin festival  (spoilt by Stella Artois!!)


Monflanquin Medieval entertainment
Spellbound children

“One day in 1252, Alphonse de Poitiers came riding out from his castle home near what became Villeneuve-sur-Lot with his wife, Jeanne, daughter of Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse she with her dowry of the lands of Rouerque, Quercy and Agenais.

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A Fantastic Boat Trip in South West France

Pleasure Boat For The day from Buzet

Just a short journey from Gone Fishin here in Aiguillon of 15-20 minutes will take you to Buzet and the River Baïse where you can enjoy taking a pleasure #boat for a relaxing journey.

Aquitaine (now renamed Nouvelle Aquitaine) is known for its fabulous wines and gourmet cuisine, which can be enjoyed at stopping off points on your journey. The Canal Latéral à la Garonne and the River Baïse make your boating playground, winding through meadows, orchards and medieval villages that tempt you to tie up and spend time simply sipping wine in the warm sunshine with your family and friends!

The Cloisters & Abbey Cruise, is a  picture-postcard scenery and glorious gastronomy of Aquitaine and taste the famous Agen Prunes, fois gras, truffles and Bordeaux wines. Stop for cultural discovery and visit the Moissac’s world-famous abbey and cloisters and the art Museum at Agen boasting works by Goya, Sisley and Dufy. The cruise which starts in Castlesarrasin  the villages along the way including Mossiac, Valenc, and Buzet, to name a few are wonderful!

#Whattodo…Time your Aquitaine wine tasting cruise with the Buzet #Winetasting Festival held every August in Nérac! Visit the Buzet Wine Cave in Buzet and tour Château Le Courréjot near Moncrabeau, a producer of Armagnac and Chablis! Even try some samples!

Nerac cruise
A guided boat trip through the waterways

Perhaps enjoy a guided boat tour.. Guided cruise (1hour), on board a splendid varnished wooden barge of 75 seats. In Nérac, along the river Baïse, you will discover the old town of King Henry IV, famous for his love affairs : the royal park of the Garonne, Fleurette fountain, baths of the King, the roman bridge, the nice portn the Nazareth typical lock…
Boats rented for 2 to 12 people. 1 or 2 hours, half-day or one day. The pleasure of cruising freely on the river Baïse. Recommended for a dayside along the rive with picnic. More information about this boat trip at Nerac

Looking For A Fish Restaurant

Fish restaurant Buzet
Auberge du Goujon Buzet-sur-Baise Aquitaine Bord du Canal
Auberge du Goujon Buzet-sur-Baise Aquitaine Bord du Canal .  Enjoy your meal overlooking the  canal.

Enjoy watching the cruising boats on the canal at this wonderful fish restaurant.

Auberge du Goujon Buzet-sur-Baise if fish is your love then this is the place to go. Just 15 minutes from Gone Fishin’ your holiday home you will enjoy the pleasant ride through the countryside passing vineyards of great renown.

But if you really want a meat course they do have that on the menu.

Other temptations can be found here

Where To Eat Recommendations Between Agen and Villeneuve Sur Lot

Pujols offering delights

Enjoy Pujols ( on the way to Villeneuve sur Lot) offering an ambiance set in a Bastide and on Sunday morning you can not only enjoy a meal but enjoy the market which is buzzing.

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