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The Gironde estuary

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in New-Aquitaine

The Gironde estuary - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in New-Aquitaine

With a surface area of 600 km², length of 75 kilometres and width of 12 kilometres at its mouth, the Gironde estuary is the biggest estuary in Western Europe!

Formed by the confluence of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne, this wild estuary full of remarkable wildlife stretches between marshes and wet meadows, the prestigious vineyards of the Médoc and limestone cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde. To add to the charm of the place, traditional quaint liftnet fishing cabins are dotted along the unspoilt banks of the estuary...

This is an exceptional natural environment where wild birds such as the Grey Heron, Little Egret and White Stork, and migratory fish, such as sturgeon, eel and lamprey, all have their place. The Gironde estuary can also boast of being the only estuary in the world where European sturgeon travel to breed!

To protect Bordeaux from sea invasions, Vauban, the famous military engineer to King Louis XIV, devised a defensive arsenal, with the Blaye Citadel, Fort Pâté and Fort Médoc, three places which are now UNESCO World Heritage sites...

To get from one side to the other, you have a choice of two ferries that provide a service between Le Verdon-sur-Mer and Royan, and between Blaye and Lamarque daily.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Bordeaux Historic and Gourmet Food Walking Tour
Culture and education86 € BordeauxBook
Bordeaux City Pass with validity 24h, 48h or 72h
Nature and the great outdoors34 € BordeauxBook
Bordeaux Old Town & Market Local Food with Wine Tastings Tour
Local flavours100 € BordeauxBook
Bordeaux Super Saver Historic Gourmet Walking Tour with Lunch and Médoc Tour
Local flavours190 € BordeauxBook
Blending workshop and tour of the chateau
Local flavours39 € AmbèsBook
Electric bike tour in the vineyards of Saint Emilion, near Bordeaux
Nature and the great outdoors159 € BordeauxBook

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