A weekend in Gironde

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A weekend in Gironde

You only have 2 or even 3 days? Would you like to get the best out of your experience in Gironde, depending on who you are and with whom you travel? Here are some ideas, not exhaustive, for the organization of a weekend in Gironde. As a couple, in Bordeaux, by bike, by the sea, what do you prefer?

Romantic weekend in Gironde

Saint-Emilion is a destination conducive to a fantastic romantic weekend . Small picturesque medieval village , you will fall in love with each of its alleys . Steep because built on a limestone promontory 200m high, it offers a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. Located only 45 minutes from Bordeaux , by staying there you do not exclude the possibility of granting a day to the wine capital . Also take the opportunity to visit a wine chateau , many of them offer guided tours and tastings , as well as bottle purchases at preferential rates. But Saint-Emilion is also home to many hidden riches ... such as the catacombs and the Hermitage cave , the monolithic church , the Roy tower and the serene Cordeliers cloister . Don't forget to taste macaroons , which are the gastronomic specialty of the village (in addition to wine, of course!).

Saint Emilion Saint Emilion
Saint Emilion cloister Saint Emilion cloister

Take advantage of your stopover in Saint-Emilion to explore the pretty cities of Entre-deux-mers: Créon, Sauve-Majeure, Targon, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, Branne, Cadillac, La Réole, Monségur… Here is a map tourist to download.


-> The Bordeaux Gironde Guide recommends:

The visit and participation in wine-making activities at Château Ambe Tour Pourret . Workshops and cooking classes, but also a visit to the château, tasting, it's the perfect opportunity to combine the pleasure of learning and gastronomy.

Visit the city of Saint-Emilion with an original mode of transport, in Tuktuk! 100% electric, they are ideal for exploring the city and the driver's explanations are invaluable for understanding the architectural heritage in a personalized and fun way! Tuk Tour event's sells its tickets at Espace Villemaurine or at the tourist office.

Château Ambe Tour Pourret
Photo Credit: Information sheet of Château Ambe Tour Pourret

 

Bordeaux in 2 days, the essentials

What to visit in Bordeaux in a weekend? There is so much to see, the choice will be Cornelian! Here are some ideas to study, inventory way:

The City of Wines The Museum of Bordeaux
Around the Bridges of Bordeaux Visit Darwin


-> Some addresses to stay in Bordeaux:

 

The Gironde by bike

If you are well equipped, the Gironde is a fantastic playground for cycling . Over two or three days, you can cover a large portion of territory! Take the greenways , cycle paths for more comfort, here are routes to discover:

Depart from the tip of Soulac-sur-Mer and go to the Dune du Pilat, to ride on the Vélodyssée . This cycle route on a European scale makes it possible to do sports, while enjoying the beauties of the landscape and the heritage attractions on the road.

Choose a route that goes with your search for difficulty or the number of kilometers you want to travel on the Gironde à Vélo route . A ready-made loop circuit with 90% of traffic in spaces without cars. Consult the interactive map

The Garonne à Vélo canal , if you want to reach Toulouse by bike, or if you come from the pink city, take the Garonne Canal! It will take you from Bordeaux to pretty villages in Entre-deux-mers, then you will switch to Lot-et-Garonne and finally Haute Garonne. An interesting page to prepare for this journey

There are 6 large sections of cycle paths in Gironde and 15 greenways . Click to read our article on this and choose the route you like the most!

Cycling in the pine forest of Lacanau Bicycle tourism


Weekend by the ocean in Gironde


The Gironde is one of the most beautiful and attractive seaside resorts in France.

Will you be spending 2 days in Arcachon ? The Basin, as it is called, is as pretty as it is teeming with activity in summer. Take a stroll on the port , take a stroll on the beautiful beaches , take a boat to Bird Island for a unique getaway. Taste succulent seafood and observe the work of fishermen who sell their treasures at the Auction , stroll through the winter town and look up at the magnificent villas dotted around the wooded pine hills. Take a break at Parc Mauresque, or go for a picnic to watch the sunset… Arcachon offers a multitude of options for a weekend!

-> The Bordeaux Gironde Guide shares its good addresses:

Photo credit: Dingo Vélo
Photo credit: Dingo Vélo fact sheet
Credit Photo: Catabas Facebook page
Credit Photo: Catabas Facebook page


Do you like beautiful waves? On the way to the 15 kilometers of Lacanau-Océan beaches. The more athletic will appreciate this renowned surf spot, with a very festive atmosphere in summer. In Lacanau, we like to start the day with a little coffee on the seafront , then we install our towel or we go swimming , surfing or fishing . You can go shopping in the shops of the town and there are many accommodations for all traveler compositions, from the campsite to the apartment for rent via the spa ... Take a walk in the pine forest , in the shade intoxicating smell needles . Take the bike path for a few hours of sport or simply navigate between the entities of the city, Lacanau Ocean, Lacanau city and join Lacanau lake where nautical activities await you: windsurfing, canoeing…

-> Some good activities to explore:

Credit Photo: Robinson Walks fact sheet
Credit Photo: Robinson Walks fact sheet
Credit Photo: Long 'Aventure fact sheet
Credit Photo: Long 'Aventure fact sheet


For lovers of picturesque places, head for Lège-Cap-Ferret , for a weekend, this is paradise. It is an almost island, on one side the Atlantic Ocean and on the other the calm waters of the basin . Along this stretch of land, spread out 10 villages to discover at your own pace, calmly ... Take a seat on the rudimentary terrace of an oyster farmer in an oyster hut . Climb to the top of the Cape lighthouse to appreciate a grand view of the basin and measure its extent. Take a ride on a little train or rent an electric bike to enjoy all the ferret without getting tired! Eat an ice cream and embark on a boat, for a crossing to Arcachon ... Kayak or canoe at Pointe aux chevaux, or simply contemplate the view of Bird Island.

Lege Ca p Ferret
Photo credit: Jérome S CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cap Ferret Lighthouse
Photo Credit: Stibou5 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

You now have all the cards in hand to enjoy a wonderful weekend in Gironde, what do you prefer? Other ideas to draw on the Blog of the Bordeaux Gironde Guide


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