Aquitaine lies in the south-western
part of France, along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountain
range on the border with Spain. It comprises Dordogne, Gironde,
Lot-et-Garonne, Landes and Pyrenees-Atlantiques. It is bounded
to the south by Spain, to the east by Midi-Pyrénées,
to the north by Poitou-Charentes and Limousin and to the west
by the Atlantic Ocean. The major cities include Bordeaux, Pau,
Bayonne, Mont-de-Marsan, Biarritz, Bergerac, and Périgueux.
The endless Atlantic coastline here is the Côte d'Argent,
one of the most famous coasts in France. Fine medieval architecture
can be seen along the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela,
while splendid chateaux characterize the wine districts around
Bordeaux. The Landes Forest, the largest pine forest in Western
Europe, is another tourist destination.