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Villages/ cities to visit





SAINT-EMILION



A charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux vineyard, Saint-Emilion is unique in its kind because of the importance of its wine estates, the quality of its wines and the majesty of its architecture and monuments.

SAINT-MACAIRE



In South-Gironde, the medieval city of Saint-Macaire, located on the banks of the Garonne, stands proudly. Between ramparts, remains and cloister, the city will truly transport you to the Middle Ages!t.

BAZAS



The Cathedral of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bazas is a must-see monument in South Gironde. Built from the 11th to the 14th centuries, this Gothic monument, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Pilgrim’s Way of Santiago de Compostela, houses a magnificent organ of turquoise blue colour.

DUNE DU PILAT



The Dune du Pilat , located on the edge of the Landes de Gascogne forest massif on the Côte d'Argent at the entrance to the Arcachon basin, in France, is the highest dune in Europe (height in 2018: 106.6 m 2 ).



VERDELAIS



Verdelais is a small village nestled in the greenery that has a history full of history. The village is characterized by two beautiful central aisles lined with trees with a remarkable alignment of facades of the nineteenth. Toulouse Lautrec, famous painter and poster artist of Parisian life in the 19th century, is buried in the cemetery of Verdelais.

SAINTE-CROIX-DU-MONT



The village of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont is located on a hill overlooking the Garonne, with an original particularity: a spectacular bench of fossilized oysters outcrops on the top of the hill. In the heart of the village, the church and the castle of Tastes dominate the valley and from this unique panorama, it is possible, in clear weather, to see the Pyrenees!

BORDEAUX



At the heart of the wine region, Bordeaux is a port town located on the Garonne, in the southwest of France. It is famous for the Gothic cathedral of Saint-André, its manors built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as its art museums like the Museum of Fine Arts of Bordeaux. The public gardens follow the curves of the quays along the river. The Place de la Bourse, in the centre of which sits the Three Graces Fountain, is reflected in the mirror of water.

Monuments to visit





CHATEAU MALROME



Located in South Gironde in the region of Entre-Deux-Mers, Malromé opens in the middle of fields, woods and vineyards on the town of Saint-André-du-Bois among other Great Castles. At the heart of fifty hectares of a park planted in the fourteenth century and its vineyards, the castle offers a main building with a large central and rectangular tower, two round towers at the ends and three wings that surround a wide inner courtyard. The family home of Toulouse-Lautrec.

DOMAINE DE MALAGAR



50 kilometers south of Bordeaux, in the footsteps of François Mauriac, everyone can find his happiness in Malagar: to lovers of wide spaces, the superb panorama on the valley of the Garonne, the prestigious vineyards of the South-Gironde and the forest of the Landes; to the literary, the visit of the estate and the house all impregnated with the words of the Nobel Prize for literature, and to the lovers of history, the discovery of the course in his century of the engaged writer. François Mauriac inherited in 1927 this family property located on the heights of Saint-Maixant. It makes it its privileged place of inspiration and stays there regularly with the family, at Easter, the summer and the time of the grape harvest.

CAZENEUVE CASTLE



The Royal Castle of Cazeneuve of the thirteenth and seventeenth century and its magnificent Park with rare species and three hundred years are classified Historic Monuments and Natura 2000. The Château de Cazeneuve is located near Bordeaux between the Landes Forest and the Ocean, along the famous Gorges du Ciron. In the lower courtyard of the castle are the medieval cellars where the most prestigious Bordeaux wines age and the cave caves. This ancient medieval fortress backed by a primitive clod founded by the d'Albret in the 9th century, enlarged in the 14th century to build an entire "city" and make it their favorite residence, delivers today a remarkable Renaissance 17th century architecture.

ROQUETAILLADE CASTLE



Roquetaillade Castle has been in the same family for 700 years. It opened to the public in 1956. It consists of two castles, one dating from the 11th century and the other from the 14th century , located in the same enclosure. It was saved by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, who also undertook important decoration and furniture creation work there. The park of Roquetaillade includes the remains of the medieval enclosure with the barbacane, the stream of the Pesquey and its banks, the chalet XIX e and the dovecote of the Crampet, which is part of the ecomuseum of the Bazadaise.



THE CITY OF WINE



The City of Wine is a unique cultural place in the world that gives to see wine differently, throughout the world, through the ages, in all cultures and civilizations, at the heart of an emblematic architecture. Led by the Fondation pour la culture et les civilisations du vin, La Cité du Vin opened its doors on June 1, 2016, and is now the must-visit stop in Bordeaux. Between the international wine museum and interpretation centre, La Cité du Vin approaches wine as a cultural heritage, universal and living, through an immersive and sensorial approach.

THE CATHEDRAL SAINT-JEAN-BAPTISTE IN BAZAS



From the pretty square surrounded by houses on canopies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one reaches the cathedral Saint-Jean (Monument Historique-liste de 1840), built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries on the model of the great Gothic cathedrals of the North of France. The cathedral was largely devastated by the Huguenots (1577-1578), but the portals, the most beautiful example of Gothic statuary in the Gironde, were spared. The central portal is dedicated to the Last Judgment and the history of St John the Baptist; the side portals are dedicated to the Virgin and St Peter. The interior of the building, of great sobriety, is remarkable by the perspective of the narrow and long nave. the cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, under the Ways of Santiago de Compostela (1998).

The vineyards of Bordeaux





Sauternes cluster

SAUTERNES



Sauternes is a sweet wine with a controlled designation of origin. The appellation is composed of five communes: Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes, all located on the left bank of the Garonne, on either side of the river Ciron, south of Bordeaux.
map of the Graves of Bordeaux

GRAVES



The Graves owe their name to their poor soil covered with gravel more or less large which, when evening comes, restore to the vine the warmth of the sun stored during the day. From Bordeaux to Langon, the Graves stretch over a wide strip of land 55 km long and 10 km wide, bordered on the west and south by the pine forest that protects them from severe weather, on the east by the Garonne which plays a role of thermal regulator.