The Ocean, the Lakes, the Médoc Estuary
A land of contrasts, the Médoc is astonishing for its endless ocean beaches, sand dunes, ponds and lakes, refuges of calm and unspoilt nature. Its immense forest and network of 150 km of trails that can be explored on foot or by bike. Its seaside resorts are the starting point for numerous excursions between the sea and the estuary, from the Pointe du Médoc to the Médoc Atlantique resorts (Hourtin, Carcans, Lacanau), where there’s something for everyone! Relaxation, all kinds of board sports, hiking, sailing, horse riding, cycling… Anything is possible to make your family vacation in the Médoc unforgettable, and the team at our Lac d’Hourtin campsite is always on hand to advise you!
From the Pointe de Grave onwards, explore the estuary’s small ports and discover the art of plaice fishing.
The yachting harbors of Pauillac and Port-Médoc are departure points for beautiful trips on the river “l’archipel de Garonne”. The Soulac marina for beautiful sea trips “le Phare de Cordouan”.
Bordeaux, the world capital of vines and wine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Médoc vineyards and châteaux
The word “château” in Bordeaux refers to a wine estate, and many châteaux open their doors free of charge to visitors for tours of their cellars and, of course, tastings.
Château la Tour – Pauillac Château Cos d’Estournel the famous Médoc vineyards cover 15,000 hectares and are divided into 8 appellations: Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, st Julien, Pauillac, st Estèphe, Médoc and Haut-médoc.
Called the ” Médoc Rouge “, you can visit it on foot, by bike or on horseback, by helicopter or hot-air balloon, from the Gironde River on a boat cruise or by car along the famous “route des châteaux”.
Circuit architecture des châteaux – au pays des mille et un châteaux – a 52 km circuit, available from the Pauillac Maison du Tourisme et du Vin, the wine houses, will provide you with all the information you need.
The Médoc through the ages
For lovers of history and fine stonework, come and discover the Romanesque buildings on the Brion site in St Germain d’Esteuil and visit the Soulac archaeological museum! The Cordouan lighthouse, the Blanquefort fortress, the Tour de l’Honneur in Lesparre, or the Fort-Médoc in Cussac (a unesco World Heritage site) which, along with the Citadelle de Blaye and Fort Paté, formed the Vauban lock that protected Bordeaux from an attack from the estuary!
Fall under the spell of Soulac sur Mer (500 neo-colonial villas), which became a seaside resort in 1849 with the fashion for sea bathing, and learn about the history of Notre-Dame de la fin des terres basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Baroque church of St Estèphe, the Romanesque apse of St Vivien-de-Médoc, the monumental church of Pauillac, the abbey and abbey church of Vertheuil with its Romanesque portal, or the listed site of St Raphaël in Avensan. galleries, awnings, porches.
Come and rediscover traditional crafts and age-old know-how through a variety of tours and visits:
- The art of pottery at the Briquèterie de Brach
- The flour mill at Moulin à vent de Vensac
- The gemmaking technique during a workshop / guided tour in the heart of the forest.