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Le Verdon-sur-Mer

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

Le Verdon-sur-Mer - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

Le Verdon-sur-Mer is full of originality. It has two facades, one opening onto the estuary of the Gironde, the other facing the Atlantic Ocean. Water is also present on the territory in the form of marshes, the marsh of the Logis and that of the Counselor. Naturally, the presence of water makes it a port city. Its four ports, all dedicated to a clean maritime activity, reinforce its identity. Just as the passage in ferry on the estuary allowing to connect Royan confers to him a special character. The lighthouse of Cordouan, built between 1584 and 1611, is planted at the crossroads of the estuary. The village has always lived through the exploitation of salt marshes, maritime activity and food crops. But today, the town is oriented towards a tourist activity exploiting its undeniable assets between the ocean, the estuary and the surrounding nature.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Verdon-sur-Mer
Tourism label
Latitude45.5463710 (N 45° 32’ 47”)
Longitude-1.0617010 (W 1° 3’ 42”)
Surface area17.09 km²
Population1335 inhabitants
Density78 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBordeaux (100 km, 1:50)
Insee code33544
IntercommunalityCC Médoc Atlantique

Nearest cities & towns

Soulac-sur-Mer7.2 km (12 min)
Royan11.7 km (46 min)
Talais13.5 km (16 min)
Saint-Georges-de-Didonne14.3 km (51 min)
Vaux-sur-Mer14.6 km (49 min)
Saint-Palais-sur-Mer15.2 km (52 min)
Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan16.3 km (54 min)
Grayan-et-l'Hôpital16.6 km (17 min)
Médis17.7 km (55 min)
Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc19 km (20 min)
L'Éguille21 km (57 min)
Breuillet21 km (59 min)
Semussac22 km (59 min)
Vensac22 km (22 min)

Things to see and do

To keep you entertained and enjoy the pleasures of water, there are several choices. For yachting, drop the moorings at Port-Médoc. The blue flag still floats on this mooring port. Along the coast, all water sports are on the program: windsurfing, paddle, sailing... and to catch your breath, a moment of rest on the beach is essential.

To discover the coastline, a cycle tour is offered. You can also walk the trails on foot for an unforgettable stroll, and many hiking trails are also available. You can also discover the surroundings on horseback or by mountain bike. The small tourist train will take you to the discovery of the coast but also of the forest.

The rich heritage of the city deserves you to linger. The Cordouan lighthouse, which is 67 meters high, is visited at low tide and access is by boat. Prepare to climb its 311 steps to arrive at a truly unique point of view. This lighthouse is the oldest in Europe. It was built between 1584 and 1611 and is classified to the Historic Monuments.

The lighthouse of Grave houses a museum of beacons and lighthouses. There, only 107 steps are waiting for you to reach the orientation table located at its top, 28 meters high. The lighthouse of Saint-Nicolas culminates as for him, only 12 meters high. The latter can not be visited.

You will also like visiting the old oyster port lined with typical huts along the channel. Blockhouses of the Atlantic Wall located at the tip of the Grave and the Arros are also to be visited with a guide.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The Old Port with oysters hosts a night market in July and August, every Tuesday from 18:30. It is an opportunity to discover the local artisans and producers in the evening when the freshness settles with the night. You can browse the stalls filled with delicious food, allowing you to shop to compose your evening meal. The place is nice with its typical huts, the lapping of the water, the air filled with spray and the warm and friendly atmosphere for the pleasure of all. You will be able to choose in peace or simply to go to stroll between the stands and to imbue you with the local atmosphere.


Cordouan Lighthouse Museum
Cordouan Lighthouse Museum
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Optics room
Optics room
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Le Verdon-sur-Mer seen from the sky
Le Verdon-sur-Mer seen from the sky
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Tuesday 26 september
Min. 15°C - Max. 22°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 17°C - Max. 27°C
Thursday 28 september
Min. 19°C - Max. 24°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
See the Arvert peninsula from the sky
Entertainment40 € Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan (16.6 km)
Meal and show at Saint Sebastien cabaret
Entertainment59 € Couquèques (28 km)
Parachute jump above the Marennes-Oléron Basin
Sports sensations275 € Marennes-Hiers-Brouage (38 km)
Wine Gaming - Wine-themed puzzle game
Entertainment75 € to 150 € Cissac-Médoc (40 km)
Mosaic class at a studio on Oléron Island
Arts and Crafts30 € to 280 € Dolus-d'Oléron (43 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Richard Lighthouse Loop
HikeIntermediate2:20Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac (15.6 km)
Chemin des Mottes
Village visitEasy1:00Le Gua (23 km)
The Bouclettes
Cycling itineraryEasy1:30Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde (27 km)
Cité de l'Huître (oyster museum)
Cycling itineraryEasy2:00Marennes-Hiers-Brouage (30 km)
The Saint-Trojan miniature train
Rail itineraryEasy1:30Saint-Trojan-les-Bains (34 km)


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