Sightseeing & Outings
Cadillac makes a nice day visit. Go to the Chateaux de Cadillac (closed at lunch times), which is lovely. Eat lunch at L’entrée du Jardin in Cadillac 27 rd pont by the river, 08 99 69 71 32 which is quite good or go to Rions for a real gastronomic treat listed above under restaurants/further & the town is charming too!
Tour the vineyards via Segway, tuk tuk, Harley Davidson, helicopter, horse or bike! http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk/3-what-to-do/56-unusual- discovery-of-the-vineyard.html (I do not advise taking the silly tourism train around St. Emilion unless one person isn’t mobile).
Or Motorcycle with side car! http://winebiketour.com/index.php/fr/home/
Five Historic Chateaux to visit, each an hour’s drive or less http://www.chateaulabrede.com/en/ http://www.chateau-montaigne.com/en/ http://www.chateau-de-duras.com/
http://chateau-monbazillac.com/en/the-castle (dessert wine tasting) http://www.chateaudevayres.com/
Gardens to visit
- https://jardinsdesardy.com/ Fabulous water feature
- http://www.milandes.com/ Chateau of Josephine Baker, superb museum, lunch and lovely garden and view
- http://marqueyssac.com/?lang=en Unbelievable gardens, can combine this visit with Josephine Baker chateau and museum and a stop in Beynac a stunning historic village.
- http://www.chateaudemongenan.com/ 25 kl from Bordeaux, Chateau and remarkable listed
- http://www.chateaudevayres.com/ Historic Chateau and garden only 15 min from Bordeaux
- There are roman ruins not far from us in Montcaret, with some stunning mosaics that are 1500 years old! http://www.villa-montcaret.fr/en/
Bergerac, which is about ½ hour to the East, is a medieval town with a beautiful old village and a gorgeous market. Make sure you find and walk to the oldest part of town. There is a Le Fooding approved restaurant near the covered market called La Table du Marche. http://www.lefooding.com/recherche/la- table-du-marche.html
There is a movie theater in Bergerac as well as in Libourne, but nearly all the movies are normally in French.
St. Emilion is a must see medieval village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Consult with the tourist office for tours of the underground (monlithic) church and other
key sites. Wine tastings can be had at many chateaux, consult with the tourist office. http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/ We love Le Clos Fourtet with its miles of underground cellars and Clos Jacobins.
Plus there’s a sparkling wine tour http://www.lescordeliers.com/ which is located in an old monastery.
You can visit a local Dutch cheese farm to buy and if you phone ahead they’ll show you around. They make an incredible cumin gouda. http://vdh.fromages.pagesperso-orange.fr/FR/contactfr.html
Good for the kids.
Further afield there is an Abbaye which makes the most delicious cheese with a walnut liquor soaked rind which is famous in France. (http://www.abbaye-echourgnac.org/). Plus, going to hear the sisters chant at their beautiful recently redone Abbey is a lovely outing. They also sell a lot of other things in their store made by other monasteries.
Saturnes is a nice day visit for wine tasting. We like Chateau Haut Bergeron, family owned and operated for 5 generations. http://www.chateauhautbergeron.com/
Tours are just in French. 2009 is scrumptious!
This Chateau is not only a wine producer but famous for its gardens and worth a visit as well. http://www.chateau-de-malle.fr/chateau.html
Chateau Grand Barrail near St. Emilion has a spa for swimming, facials, massages etc.
Further, about 1 hr away is the world famous Caudalie spa, just south of Bordeaux. Can be combined with a wine tasting and superb lunch. http://www.sources-caudalie.com/en/
Chateau de la Riviere in Fronsac is another wonderful place to visit for wine tasting, mainly for the spectacular looking cellars. Their wine is just ok. http://www.chateau-de-la-riviere.com/
Charming historic towns that are easy drives away include: Sauveterre-de- Guyenne, Rauzan, Duras (w/ a Chateau), Eymet, Cadillac (with a Chateau you can visit) and Montsegur.
Take a dip in the lake at nearby Lac de la Cadie (on the main road to Castillon). 2nd left in Flaujagues village and go toward Castillon, you’ll see a sign to the Lac by the house with a turreted tower. OF COURSE nothing beats a dip in our own river, the Dordogne, but make sure the kids are good swimmers are there in a strong current in the middle.
Going to the beach one day is a must do in summer and then end your day tasting oysters in Cap Ferret. We like the beach just west of Lege-Cap Ferret – Le Truk Vert. You can rent surfboards there and there are several small snack bars on the beach.
The Lascaux caves dating back 20,000 years are about 45 min to 1 hour away. You can only see reproduction but there are a multitude of other caves you can see in the area.
and a wonderful pre-history museum http://www.pole-prehistoire.com/
Bordeaux is choc full of fun things to do including:
CAPC museum (modern art), which is fabulous! Museum itself and their expos are tres kool. 7 rue Ferrere 05 56 00 81 50 www.capc-bordeaux.fr
We like the Chartirons area, with its lofts and antique shops, particularly rue Notre Dame. Cute cafes here include Chez Dupont at #45, A La Cantine, Les Quatre Saisons d’Estelle at #104, La Boca (Epicerie Italiane). Also like the design/ furniture store RKR at #73 & OOTZI shoes further down.
St. Michel church is a fun hike up for a view in a terribly old church. Every Sunday they have a junky but fun flea market there. In the same place and open almost everyday is the Bordeaux version of the marché aux puces. (flea market)
Having a drink or seeing a show at the Grand Theatre Opera House is a magnificent outing.
Le Jardin Public makes for a beautiful stroll.
The new wine museum is sensational – La Cité du Vin http://www.laciteduvin.com/en
Cathedral St. Andre & Tour Pey Berland are gorgeous and worth a visit as is the
Centre Jean Moulin which profiles the role of the resistance during WWII.
Feel free to use Bordeaux guidebooks in the old sink near the door in kitchen, and/or the maps & other info in the shopping basket against the wooden wall in kitchen. But please return them all.
There are plenty of bars that play music and discos in Bordeaux, consult the guidebooks in the house.
You can also train into Bordeaux if you’d prefer via Castillon train station, trains run about every hour or two. It’s a 30 min. train ride, consult schedule first at the train station.
Tours on a boat (sail or motor) from Bordeaux:
http://royal-garonne.com/ , croisieresburdigala.fr, bateauarawalk.com , bateausinbad.fr
And http://bordeaux-river-cruise.com offer a myriad of ½ day and even shorter trips from Bordeaux or Blaye.
You can take a cruise on the river with this firm. http://www.evolutiongaronne.fr/