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Lesparre-Médoc - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

Sub-prefecture of the Gironde, between the beaches of the Atlantic and the estuary of the Gironde, Lesparre-Médoc takes place about sixty kilometers from Bordeaux, in Bas-Médoc. It is located twenty kilometers from Pauillac, not far from Naujac-sur-Mer, Saint-Yzans-sur-Medoc or Queyrac.

Populated since the Neolithic, the territory developed in the Gallo-Roman era with the creation of the port of Metilium, ancestor of Lesparre-Médoc. Also called Sparra, the city was for a long time the seat of an important seigniory, becoming during the reign of the Plantagenets a political, military and commercial center.

Always very dynamic, the city offers its visitors an important cultural and festive program, as well as an interesting architectural heritage to discover the history of Lesparre-Médoc. Lovers of gastronomy will also appreciate the culinary specialties available on site, such as lamb from Pauillac, seafood products, Medocaine noisettines and the Médoc attic.

Geographical information

Latitude45.3058140 (N 45° 18’ 21”)
Longitude-0.9351900 (W 0° 56’ 7”)
AltitudeFrom 7m to 34m
Surface area36.97 km²
Population5920 inhabitants
Density160 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBordeaux (66 km, 1:17)
Insee code33240
IntercommunalityCC Médoc Cœur de Presqu'île

Nearest cities & towns

Gaillan-en-Médoc2.8 km (5 min)
Civrac-en-Médoc5.3 km (6 min)
Blaignan-Prignac5.8 km (8 min)
Saint-Germain-d'Esteuil5.9 km (9 min)
Bégadan7.6 km (10 min)
Ordonnac8.4 km (12 min)
Queyrac8.5 km (11 min)
Couquèques8.9 km (10 min)
Naujac-sur-Mer10.6 km (12 min)
Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc10.8 km (13 min)
Saint-Christoly-Médoc11.2 km (14 min)
Vertheuil11.4 km (13 min)
Vendays-Montalivet12.4 km (16 min)
Cissac-Médoc12.8 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

The only remnant of the castle of the lords of Lesparre, the Honor Tower is now classified as an historic monument. Imposing square dungeon from the early fourteenth century, it is thirty meters high and twelve wide. Located at the southern corner of the old fortress, it has a vaulted ogival ground floor and four floors. It now houses a museum and an art exhibition from July to the end of September. It can be visited by appointment the rest of the year.

Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the church of St. Trélody replaces an old building of the eleventh century. In neo-Gothic style, it reveals in its interior the relics of Saint Clair and Saint Allodius.

At the same time, the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption church also presents neo-Gothic architecture. Inside you can discover a large part of the furniture of the old church, as the wooden crucifix of the sixteenth century, the font of the seventeenth, or a pulpit, stalls and stained glass windows of the nineteenth.

Turned towards viticulture and the production of great wines, the castle of Escot dates from the 18th century. It is possible to discover the secrets of production.

As you stroll through the town, do not miss to admire the exterior of the Palace of Justice built in 1832. The Costume Palace will also allow you to discover the personal collection of costumes of M. Mazarin ranging from prehistory to the Belle Epoque.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Weekly markets are held on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.

For Easter, place at the Festival of the Lamb with its festivities and its animated meals.

On the Ascension weekend, the Rosière festival offers entertainment in Saint-Trélody.

The first weekend of August, come participate in four days of festivities for the wine fair with tastings, concerts or fireworks.

Cinéma en Plein air
8ème Édition des Echappées Musicales du Médoc
Fête du Vin et de la Gastronomie
Salon Minéraux, Fossiles et Bien Être
3ème Édition : Bal des Pompiers
Vide Greniers de l'AFLM
Les Médiévales de Lesparre-Médoc 2024
Omelette Géante
Exposition Photographique Thématique Astronomie
Election « Miss Top Model Médoc »


Tour of Honor
Tour of Honor
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Inside the Tower
Inside the Tower
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Tower of Honor, the thirteenth century dungeon
Tower of Honor, the thirteenth century dungeon
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Monday 22 july
Min. 15°C - Max. 24°C
Tuesday 23 july
Min. 16°C - Max. 27°C
Wednesday 24 july
Min. 16°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Community Discover Commons Heart Médoc between vineyards, castles and estuary.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Meal and show at Saint Sebastien cabaret
Entertainment59 € Couquèques (8 km)
Tasting of Blaye and Bourg wines at Maison Girondine
Local flavoursFreeCars (32 km)
Planet Exotica : Entry Ticket
Entertainment18 € Royan (37 km)
Surfing courses in Royan
Sports sensations55 € Royan (37 km)
Surfing lessons in Lacanau
Sports sensations37 € Lacanau (39 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Richard Lighthouse Loop
HikeIntermediate2:20Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac (14.8 km)
The Bouclettes
Cycling itineraryEasy1:30Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde (19.6 km)
Vineyard in Citadel - Blaye Loop
HikeEasy2:50Blaye (29 km)
The Triassic Loop - Saint Giron d'Aiguevives / Saint Vivien de Blaye
HikeIntermediate5:55Saint-Girons-d'Aiguevives (36 km)
The Lagoon of Hell's Lagoon saugon - generac
HikeIntermediate3:55Saugon (37 km)


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