Gironde places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Gironde department of Aquitaine. See also our Gironde travel guide.

Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure

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The ruins of the Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure contain some very impressive examples of roman style architecture such as carved capital stones

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Andernos-les-Bains

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Andernos-les-Bains is a pleasant seaside town on the Bassin d'Arcachon in SW France.

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Arcachon

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Arcachon is one of our favourite seaside resorts in France and has lots to explore. Recommended!

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Arcachon Zoo

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Arcachon zoo is home to over 800 animals including rhino, elephants and tigers.

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Blaye

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The town of Blaye is well known because of the extensive citadel and fortifications built here by Vauban in the 18th century

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Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is an unmissable town, one of the most lively and interesting in France and with lots to see and museums to visit...

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Bordeaux Waterfront

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The waterfront in Bordeaux is among the highlights of a visit to this lovely city

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Bordeaux-Chartrons

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Chartrons is an attractive quarter of Bordeaux

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Cap Ferret

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At the south-west of the Medoc peninsula, Cap Ferret is quite an upmarket resort with several places of interest nearby

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Carcans

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Although small, Carcans-Plage is one of our favourite beach resorts in the Medoc

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Dune de Pyla

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The Dune de Pyla is the largest sand dune in Europe and a Grand Site of France

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Eynesse

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A nice place to stroll down to the banks of the Dordogne river - although there is not much else in this tiny village

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Hourtin

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As well as its long beach, Hourtin also has the largest lake in France with lots of leisure activities

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La Reole

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Largely ignored by visitors because of its proximity to Bordeaux we found La Reole to be a very pleasant, traditional Gironde town to explore

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Lacanau

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The resort of Lcanau Ocean is the most important coastal resort on the Medoc peninsula

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Le Canon and l'Herbe

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Canon and l'Herbe are very pretty traditional oyster fishing villages on the Bassin d'Arcachon

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Le Moulleau

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Le Moulleau is a popular and attractive coastal and beach resort to the west of Arcachon

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Le Verdon-sur-Mer

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The small resort of Le Verdon-sur-Mer is quiet but has long sandy beaches

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Lesparre-Medoc

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A small town in Medoc, at Lesparre-Medoc you can see the remains of a medieval tower

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Libourne

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Not generally considered as a travel destination, we found the center of Libourne to be quite interesting to explore

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Margaux

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The village and region here are known worldwide because of the prestigious wines from Chateau Margaux

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Monsegur

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The bastide town of Monsegur, in the Dropt Valley, has a substantial part of its original fortifications intact

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Montalivet

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The resort of Montaliver has a 12 kilometre beach, and has been popular since the 19th century

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Pauillac

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The small town of Pauillac is best known for the surrounding wine chateaux such as Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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Pellegrue

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Pellegrue is a very small village but well worth exploring when you are visiting this part of the Dropt Valley

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Port de Biganos

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The port at Biganos is surrounded by pretty cabins in painted colours

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Saint-Emilion

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Saint-Emilion is an exceptionally scenic town, and most unusual in being listed as a UNESCO heritage site

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Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc

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While Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc would not be considered a tourist destination, you might like to stop and admire the church when you are passing

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Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

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Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, on the Dordogne river west of Bergerac, has an attractive medieval centre with several houses of interest

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Sauveterre-de-Guyenne

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The layout of the town of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne still follows its original medieval plan almost exactly

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Soulac-sur-Mer

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Soulac-sur-Mer is a long established beach resort at the north of the Medoc peninsula

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Vertheuil

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In this tiny village you can see Vertheuil Abbey and also the ruins of an ancient castle

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For more information see the Gironde guide

Market towns & days in Gironde

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Ambares-et-Lagrave: Friday &
Andernos-les-Bains: Tuesday & Friday &
Arcachon: every day
Ares: Tuesday
Audenge: Tuesday
Bassens: Sunday
Bazas: Saturday
Begles: Wednesday
Blanquefort: Saturday
Blaye: Wednesday & Saturday
Bordeaux: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday all day & Friday
Branne: Thursday & Saturday
Bruges: Saturday
Cadillac: Saturday
Carbon-Blanc: Thursday
Carcans: Wednesday (high seasin only)
Castelnau-de-Medoc: Sunday
Castillon-la-Bataille: Monday
Cavignac: Thursday
Cenon: Wednesday
Cestas: Sunday
Coutras: Wednesday & Saturday
Creon: Wednesday
Eysines: Sunday
Gradignan: Saturday
Grignols: Wednesday
Gujan-Mestras: Wednesday
Hourtin: Saturday & Tuesday & Thursday (high seasin only)
Lacanau: Wednesday
Langon: Sunday & Friday
Lege-Cap-Ferret: every day except Thursday (high seasin only)
Leognan: Saturday

Selected tourist attractions in the Gironde department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Bordeaux Pessac

Towns of Art and History

Bordeaux: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Bassin d'Arcachon

Domaine de Certes

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bordeaux: Tourist guide

Saint-Emilion: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin du Fond de l’or

Jardins du château de Malle

Jardins du château de Mongenan

Jardins du château de Vayres

Parc du château de Grenade

Parc du château Lanessan

Religious Monuments

Collégiale et chapelle de la Trinité (Saint-Emilion)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps)

National Monuments

Cadillac Chateau

Cave Pair-non-Pair

Pey-Berland Tower

Sauve-Majeure Abbey: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Bazas cathédrale St Jean Baptist (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Blaye citadelle (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Bordeaux basilique Saint-Michel (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bordeaux basilique Saint-Seurin (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bordeaux cathédrale Saint-André (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Bordeaux Port: Tourist guide

Cussac Fort Paté (Vauban fortifications)

Fort Médoc (Vauban fortifications)

La Sauve église St Pierre (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

La Sauve Majeure abbaye (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Saint-Emilion: Tourist guide

Soulac-su-Mer basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-Terres (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Dune du Pilat: Tourist guide