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Adour, a small river in the Aquitaine along the border to Spain, partially navigable

River Adour | France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 130 km
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Hardly ever used
Facilities groundside: Hardly existent

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Waterway has access to:

Atlantic Sea

Waterways in the southwest of France
L'Adour – Aquitaine

River Adour has its spring in the Pyrénées and has a total length of 335 kms, at normal water-level around 130 km are navigable, crossing the "Départements Landes et Pyrénées-Atlantiques".

This river is a real outsider under the French waterways. It can only be reached from the Atlantic Ocean at Anglet, the bay of Bayonne. The next entry to the French inland waterways is more than 200 km in the north, the Gironde at Bordeaux.

Your boating holiday in the Pyrénées Atlantiques:
Advantages: Very beautiful surroundings, no locks, many attractions for tourists, varied food.
Disadvantages: Isolated, not connected to the other waterways, very big distances and no boat hirers.

For most of us, it is a rather far way to go. The reward is a very beautiful, blooming and southerly region. Since it is near to Spain, bull-fights are often held in larger places. You will get excellent food in most restaurants. Surprisingly, there are a lot of dolmens and stone-circles something one would rather expect in the Bretagne. Having seen enough of it, find your-self a landing-place between Bayonne and Anglet and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

Wine and Dine
Food is surprisingly heavy, in the entire southwest of France. A lot of preserved meat or chicken with beans is served. If you like sweets, try the famous Gâteau Basque! Chocolate lovers have to go to Bayonne. In the 17th century driven away Jews from Spain and Portugal started the production of chocolate around here again. Of course one can find all sorts of delicious Spanish specialities, such as the famous Parillade de la mer or the Rougets de la plancha. This is the ideal region for gourmets.
Squeezed between the wine cultivations of the Graves, with its Barsac, Cerons, Graves, Graves supérieur, Pessac-Leognan, Sauterne and the famous wines of the north of Spain, such as Valderrosa and Ribero del Duero you will just have to make your choice... .
Valderrosa und den Ribero del Duero. Das grösste Problem ist hier wohl die Qual der Wahl!