Gironde Estuary See/Do
Collected by John Oseid, AFAR Local Expert
33123 Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France
France’s most famous and oldest-working lighthouse, the 225-foot-high Cordouan is a gorgeous limestone masterpiece that for centuries has protected mariners at the mouth of the Gironde. An innovator in lighting technology, it was also so elaborate...
5 Rue Lucien Teyssier, 33250 Pauillac, France
One of the region’s finest old wine towns whose local vintners include Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour, Paulliac sits on a waterfront lined with old villas that hint of long ago wealth gained from wine trade. Filled mostly with...
4 La Sirène, 33390 Saint-Androny, France
Lying just off the town of Paulliac, the Île de Patiras is an oblong island with a handsome, fully-restored lighthouse that was built under Napoléon III. Sailing past this former quarantine site affords a close up view of the seagrasses and...
2 Espl. de la Citadelle, 33390 Blaye, France
An entire group of structures by Louis XIV’s great 17th-century military architect and engineer Vauban are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With four bastions surrounding 90 acres of terrain, Blaye Citadel is the major fortress in a trio that includes...
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