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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

South West town in France, Mérignac is located in the Gironde, in the Aquitaine region. The city of more than 67 000 inhabitants is part of Urban Community of Bordeaux and the western suburbs of Bordeaux, great tourist city in the region.

Under a pleasant and mild climate, the city that hosts the main airport of Bordeaux, has a beautiful architectural and cultural heritage. Fountains, churches, castles, parks... the sites to discover no shortage of Mérignac.

The city of Aquitaine is also known for its wine culture and is part of the Graves vineyard. Mérignac is one common authorized to produce wines of Bordeaux AOC, as Crémant de Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux or higher.

Full of charm, the town of Mérignac seduced by its atmosphere and the sweetness of life that prevails there. It is the ideal location to explore Bordeaux and its surroundings and pleasant holiday.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.8448769 (N 44° 50’ 42”)
Longitude-0.6563580 (W 0° 39’ 23”)
AltitudeFrom 12m to 53m
Surface area48.17 km²
Population67680 inhabitants
Density1405 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBordeaux (6.3 km, 14 min)
Insee code33281
IntercommunalityME de Bordeaux

Nearest cities & towns

Le Haillan4.7 km (9 min)
Pessac6.3 km (14 min)
Bruges7.2 km (12 min)
Bordeaux7.5 km (17 min)
Eysines7.7 km (13 min)
Le Taillan-Médoc8.2 km (15 min)
Le Bouscat9 km (15 min)
Saint-Médard-en-Jalles9.1 km (16 min)
Blanquefort9.7 km (16 min)
Martignas-sur-Jalle11.6 km (16 min)
Bègles12.1 km (23 min)
Saint-Aubin-de-Médoc12.4 km (18 min)
Gradignan14.6 km (20 min)
Talence14.7 km (20 min)
Saint-Jean-d'Illac14.9 km (22 min)

Things to see and do

Mérignac has an important architectural heritage that bears witness to the rich history of the city and its beauties.

Listed in the inventory of Historical Monuments and classified, Veyrines tower is a fourteenth-century dungeon dependent on a medieval castle disappeared. The ground floor has been converted into a chapel in the sixteenth century with beautiful murals depicting the life of Jesus elements. The tower is now a private property.

Old country house of the archbishops of Bordeaux between the sixteenth century and the French Revolution, the monastery of Foncastel present today a residence built in the second half of the eighteenth century. It is possible to admire the remains of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the cloister of the cathedral in Bordeaux, and two columns of the ancient canopy of the Cathedral.

The municipality of Mérignac houses several castles, like Castle of Bourran. Classically inspired, it now houses the IUFM of Aquitaine after being the residence of the kings of Montenegro during World War II and the headquarters of the Luftwaffe during the Second. Headquarters of the Office of Social Centre, Castle Le Burck dates from the eighteenth century. It was decorated with two low wings neoclassical nineteenth century. Caillou Picque Castle, built in 1756, is itself an important vineyard producing wine AOC Pessac-Léognan.

Used today as an exhibition hall, the Old Saint Vincent Church is a twelfth-century building in central Mérignac. Mainly in the Romanesque style, it nevertheless has some beautiful Gothic additions, and was listed in the supplementary inventory of Historical Monuments.

Today home district to Eyquems, chartreuse Fantasy was built on the ruins of an ancient chapel of the twelfth century. Built in the late nineteenth century, it is located not far from the Tower of Veyrines.

Walking through the city center, one can see the fountain of Arlac built in the eighteenth century freestone and the Gillet building with high screen wall of solid wood.

Mérignac home to many parks, like the park Bourran listed in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments and has a faux ruined bridge, an artificial waterfall and exotic animals, the castle park, the Tenet park with different species as field maple, the redwood or the plane tree to maple leaves, and Vivier park.

Places of interest

Performance halls

Events and festivities

Full of life, the city of Mérignac is the scene of various cultural events of great interest.

Several food markets are held Mérignac: Wednesday and Saturday morning on the Place Charles de Gaulle and Saturday morning on the Place Sainte-Bernadette and the streets of the Old Church (bio). A Christmas market is also proposed at the end of the year.

From July to August, the city offers the Canvas of the summer, with the screening of films on the theme surprises holidays library. Also in summer, summer room for Stopovers with outdoor shows, itinerant storytelling and dance presentations.

The Mérignac Photographic Festival is proposed each year in October, with exhibitions that continue until December. Big names in photography, such as Bettina Rheims, or JIR Ferrante Ferranti present their work. Workshops and meetings are also available.

In December, place artist book fair with the presence of ten artists come to meet the public on very specific topics. At the same time, the city hosts its famous cross.


Friday 20 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 23°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 14°C - Max. 17°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Fun wine tour in the city of Bordeaux
Local flavours34 € to 69 € Bordeaux (6.1 km)
Gourmet day: tastings and wine tours!
Local flavours145 € Bordeaux (6.3 km)
Discover Arcachon Bay and the vineyards of Médoc
Nature and the great outdoors154 € Bordeaux (6.3 km)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 4 hours
Culture and education61 € Bordeaux (6.4 km)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 2 hours
Culture and education47 € Bordeaux (6.4 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Hike of "Prignac et Marcamps"
HikeEasy1h50Prignac-et-Marcamps (25 km)
Chêneraie Park
HikeEasy2h00Gujan-Mestras (40 km)
Bossugan-Ruch through the vineyard
HikeEasy2h30Bossugan (49 km)
Mios-Bazas cycle path
Cycling itineraryEasy8h00Le Nizan (51 km)
Heritage trail
Village visitEasy1h20Bazas (58 km)


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