The Gironde Estuary

The rivers Dordogne and Gironde merge at Bordeaux forming the Gironde Estuary which flows into the Atlantic at Royan. Campsite Chez Gendron lies on the east side of the estuary approximately 5 km from the river. On both sides of the river you will find the well-known wine regions.

Gironde East

On the eastern side of the Gironde there is a beautiful tourist route from Bordeaux to Royan called “The Route Verte”. Some of the places worth visiting along this route include:

Saint Ciers-sur-Gironde
The village of Saint Ciers-sur-Gironde, only 2km from the campsite has a large hypermarket, filling station, pharmacy, several small boutiques, a weekly market and restaurants.

Talmont-sur-Gironde is a beautiful French village whose Romanesque church stands out above the estuary of the Gironde. The museum at Sainte-Radegonde is dedicated to the 12c church and tells the history of the borough. On the school square there is a fishery museum where you can learn more about the estuary and its fisherman.

Royan, the capital of the Côte de Beauté, lies at the entrance to the estuary of the Gironde. The city’s houses, built in Baroque style, date from the end of the 19th century. The large beach of Royan stretches for over 2 kilometres. As a result of the Gironde flowing into the sea here the waters make it suitable for safe bathing as opposed to the rougher Atlantic coast. The Royan beach tents are reminiscent of the vogue of bathing in the sea, which arose at the beginning of the 19th century.

The two districts of Bourg and Blaye together produce more wine than the six large appellations of the Médoc, also more than Saint Emilion. The area markets under the appellations Côtes the Bourg and Premières Côtes de Blaye. The red wines from both areas vary from deep red, powerful, full fruity wines which need to be drunk young to elegant, creamy wines.

The fort in Blaye
Here you will find the Citadelle-de-Blaye, long a military stronghold and now a historical momument. It is one of the Haute Gironde’s most popular tourist sites due to its 17 hectares of barracks, amouries, powder magazines and officers quarters.

Gironde West

You can cross the Gironde estuary to the Medoc with your car on the Blaye-Royan ferry. This is where the worlds most famous wines come from including Château MoU barrel Rothschild, Lafite, Latour, Margaux to name just a few. You can drive further towards to the Atlantic coast where you will find Lacanau, Hourtin and Carcan. This part of the coast is characterised by high rolling waves. A surfers paradise!

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