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What to see outside Bordeaux










Bordeaux being very well located, you have the choice between Sea, Vineyards, countryside, Mountains or Spain at 1 or 2 hours drive!

Fancy visiting famous vineyards and taste some of the most delicate worldwide wines?! Off you go to St Emilion, Pomerol, Margaux at only 35min drive!! Fancy trying some sweet white wines (which goes perfectly with Foie Gras!)? Then go towards Sauternes. Each Chateaux offers wine tasting, some also offers a visit of the cellars & Gourmet food for around 15€ to 35€. Check the Tourism Office for more details and maps.

St Emilion is classified UNESCO. A very charming village which kept all its original features from the 13th century; paved streets and stone monuments. (High Hills to avoid!)

Just next to it, you also have Libourne. Little town with a small shopping street and a main square with arcades where a local market take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Here is the list& days of the local markets in the region.
















 (St Emilion)



Fancy going to have a splash or surf?! Go to Lacanau! Worldwide surf competitions are often held there. A very very long beach, snack bars and big waves. If you wish somewhere more elegant, Arcachon or Cap Ferret is “the place to be seen”. All the Bordelais and Parisien escape there for the week-end. You have a “lac side” and “sea side”. A boat can bring you from one point to the other. Don’t miss visiting around that area all the oyster farm villages where you can taste fresh oysters & sea food with a glass of white wine, feet in the water!  A unique experience with a view on the European highest sand dune, “le Pila”!















(Basssin d'Arcachon)




Biarritz & St Jean de Luz, situated 2 hours’ drive from Bordeaux, are also very well known. Biarritz for its Balneo/ Thalasso activities & elegant town, and St Jean de Luz for its Basque atmosphere & culture. The Spanish Border is only 30minutes away then! Why not go and visit San Sebastian for the day!

















In a total other style, Bergerac, in the Dordogne region, is only 1hr away from Bordeaux. You can visit the Truffle farms, and taste the regional rich food!





Enjoy your holidays!



Diane Kenyon-May


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