Gironde's estuary

The estuary is a vast playground for all. There is a great variety of entertaining and educational activities : sailing, fishing, birdwatching...

You must see :

The Cordouan lighthouse

The Cordouan lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse of all the French working lighthouses. In 1862 the Cordouan lighthouse was listed as a historic monument at the same time as Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral. The lighthouse's superb architecture is the result of a long and turbulent history. It is now known as the " Versailles of the ocean ", a unique lighthouse in the world. You'll certainly be filled with wonder after visiting it.

To get there, take the boat La Bohème at Le Verdon. Please call to book your ticket or go to their web site. Tel. 05 56 09 62 93

To organise your visit to the Cordouan lighthouse, please visit the official site of the lighthouse


The fortress of Blaye

built on a rocky headland by the Gironde estuary. The stronghold has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since July 2008. It has been officially recognised as one of the major sites of Vauban. While there, you can enjoy shopping in the market every Saturday mornings.

There are many roads leading to Blaye. We advise you to drive to Lamarque and take the road of the wine chateaux. Many ferries cross the river.

For more information about Blaye and the fort, please go to the Tourist Office of Blaye


Departure Point : Le Verdon-sur-Mer. For more information, please call : 05 56 09 62 93 or visit their web site.

Visit the lively ports like the Port of St. Christoly, the Port of Goulée or the Port of Beychevelle. There are lovely cruises organised on the estuary around sites of interest such as the islands, the creeks and the cliffs.

For more information about the fascinating Gironde estuary, please visit the official web site