La Reole, Gironde: tourism & sightseeing

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The town of La Réole is found in Gironde (south-west France), on the banks of the Garonne River between Marmande and Saint-Macaire.

Exploring La Réole

Broadly the town falls into two distinct parts with a historic centre of narrow, often cobbled and sometimes hilly, streets lined with shops and interesting buildings and medieval colombage houses, that lead to the original 12th century town hall; and the more substantial buildings along the Garonne River to the west of La Reole.

oldest town hall in France

The well signposted walking tour of the town is an excellent way to discover the highlights - follow the signs marked 'Circuit Pedestre'.

France This Way comment: I have to admit that despite living in this region of France I had never even heard of La Reole, and only discovered it by chance as I was passing - and was very glad I did. There is a great deal to discover and enjoy in the substantial town and a visit is recommended.

Among the highlights that you will see in La Réole are:

  • The 12th century Town Hall was built for Richard the Lionheart and is the oldest town hall in France, although it is no longer used as La Réole town hall
  • Medieval and half-timbered houses in the old town streets around the historic town hall

  • The Church of Saint Pierre with the Benedictine abbey and priory as well as the current town hall are among the buildings to the west of the old town. The walking circuit of the town takes you through the heart of these buildings to see the courtyard, corridors and great staircase inside as well as having lovely views across the Garonne river.
  • The remaining parts of the 12th century castle in La Reole. The chateau des Quat'sos on the Garonne River still has three of its original towers standing and the garden below the castle has recently been re-developed after centuries of neglect
  • Remains of parts of the original ramparts and the ancient public wash-house, called the Lavoir de la Marmory

the priory in La Réole

Attractions near La Réole

There are perhaps not a large number of other towns and villages of great interest close to La Réole - which is probably why most visitors to the region have never heard of the town - although both Duras and Sauveterre-de-Guyenne are within easy reach and pleasant to explore, and Saint-Macaire to the east also deserves a visit.

Further afield but both well worth visiting from La Réole are the historic town of Bergerac to the north-east and the impressive city of Bordeaux to the north-west, both about 75 kilometres distance.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Gironde guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Address: Réole, Langon, Aquitaine, 33190, France || GPS: latitude 44.592423, longitude -0.040169

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