La Citadelle de Blaye Guided Tour in Blaye

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday Open 24h/24
  • Tuesday Open 24h/24
  • Wednesday Open 24h/24
  • Thursday Open 24h/24
  • Friday Open 24h/24
  • Saturday Open 24h/24
  • Sunday Open 24h/24

Closes at 00:00 am

Useful information

Province : Blayais

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    • The guided tour of the Citadel of Blaye offers a captivating immersion in the fascinating history of this emblematic site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided by passionate experts, visitors explore the 1.5 kilometers of ramparts, discovering the defense secrets ingeniously designed by Vauban. Throughout the walk, the guides reveal the anecdotes and significant facts that have shaped the history of this fortress, thus offering an enriching perspective on its crucial role in the history of France.

      Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the mysterious underground passages of the citadel, true witnesses to its turbulent past. Accompanied by experienced guides, they penetrate the depths of the earth to discover the secret corridors and dungeons where so many prisoners have been locked up. This immersive experience allows you to better understand the daily life of the soldiers and inhabitants who occupied these places over the centuries, adding a poignant human dimension to the visit.

      In addition to its historical aspect, the guided tour of the citadel also offers the opportunity to discover the contemporary life that enlivens its picturesque streets. Guides lead visitors to meet local artisans, restaurateurs and merchants, providing an authentic insight into the cultural and economic life of Blaye. This total immersion in the past and present of the citadel guarantees an unforgettable experience, where each step reveals a new treasure to discover.

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Traveller Reviews La Citadelle de Blaye

4.6 sur 5 3456 reviews

  • Jane Etherton dite Madame Thermomix

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Jane Etherton dite Madame Thermomix on 04/11/2023

    The construction of the Citadelle de Blaye was begun in 1652 by an architect named Pagan, then reinforced, enlarged, and finished by France's most famous military architect, Vauban. An amazing amount of history remains intact here, giving us clues to the daily life of soldiers in the 17th century under Louis XIV. Entrance is free, and you can walk around the 1.5 km of ramparts overlooking the Gironde estuary. More walks take you to the side of the Fort that overlooks the town of Blaye. Very solid benches (recently made from huge square oak beams) and picnic tables offer respite and a place to eat. Several restaurants are located within the walls of the citadel, as well as a hotel and a campsite. While the campsite is only open during the spring and summer, the hotel, most of the restaurants and a good number of shops are open year round. This is an all-weather destination, as the numerous trees and benches in the central park area offer shade from the sun, while restaurants and bars offer shelter from the cold and rain - plus a good meal or a hot drink if you wish. Photo opportunities abound and change with the weather. Our most recent visit was in between rain showers, bringing out the contrast and unity of grey stone and grey sky. Pets are allowed on leash/lead, and there are wheelchair friendly parking and entrance ramps. The Tourist Information Centre offers tours in English, French and undoubtedly other languages, so don't miss this very interesting destination.

  • Louis and Elaine

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Louis and Elaine on 01/11/2023

    We found the Citadelle de Blaye to be fascinating and extremely interesting. The engineering and workmanship is amazing and the fortress is almost fully intact. We loved the views and the goats that maintain the grass were fun to watch. This was a great historic site.

  • Jane Sherwood

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Jane Sherwood on 28/06/2023

    Beautifully situated municipal campsite, set within the walls of a citadel and with lovely views over the Gironde estuary. Dated but adequate sanitaires (cash deposit required for key access), and plenty of restaurants within a short walk. Surprisingly peaceful (mid June, midweek)

Traveller Reviews La Citadelle de Blaye

4.5 sur 5 898 reviews

  • "Well Worth a Visit"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by HughandAnne (Northampton, England) on 10/08/2023

    Really impressive to walk around and definitely worth a visit. A nice way to spend an hour or two (and we can definitely recommend Lily’s ice cream)!

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  • "Enormous citadel worth visiting"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by kwagmeister (Newburgh, Indiana) on 26/07/2023

    This old citadel is in remarkable shape considering its age and the fact that it is open every single day of the year. The best way to see it is to visit with a guide who can share stories and...

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  • "Blaye Citadel"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by 331helenec (South Africa) on 10/08/2022

    A lovely old citadel keeping watch for centuries over the river Gironde. Get transported back in time. Many beautiful restaurants, exhibitions and little shops, even old officers quarters to rent...

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Ride around

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La Citadelle de Blaye

Address

1 place de la Citadelle
33390 Blaye

GPS coordinates

45° 7'35.27"N, 0° 39'49.14"W

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