Tourism in Gironde
At the tip of the Médoc, come and escape to Soulac sur Mer, our charming resort. A family and warm atmosphere, beaches as far as the eye can see and a notable heritage make Soulac sur Mer a haven of peace for a holiday or a stopover. Come and stroll along the ocean, stroll in the forest or even walk along the banks of the Gironde.
For sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, what could be better than a surfing session, a sand yacht course or a day on a bike along the Velodysée?
For the curious, a tour is organized by the Tourist Office to discover the villas of Soulacaise, with their typical architecture. You can also explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the End of the Lands, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Paths to Santiago de Compostela.
For history lovers, come and visit the Battery of the Arros, the German base during the Second World War, which aimed to block the road to those approaching the Gironde estuary.
Our region is rich in discoveries!
Spotlight on the headlights!
The Cordouan lighthouse off the Verdon
Sometimes called "Versailles de la Mer" or "Phare des Rois", the Cordouan lighthouse is the sentinel that watches over the estuary. The first lighthouse to be classified as a historic monument, it is the oldest lighthouse still in operation today. Embark on "La Bohème" or board the sailboat "La Galantaise" to discover this extraordinary jewel.
Located at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, the lighthouse is housed in a building adjoining the Cordoba Lighthouse Museum and the Lighthouses and Beacons. Not far from the lighthouse of Grave, take the time to climb to the top of the Saint Nicolas lighthouse.
Vines as far as the eye can see
Lovers of the land and wine tourists will travel the famous Route des Châteaux. The wine estates that dot the landscape are divided into eight appellations: Médoc, Haut Médoc, Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien, Moulis and Listrac. This vineyard gathers the most prestigious of the Grands Crus classés de Bordeaux.
The Great Lakes of Gironde
This is one of the jewels of the Atlantic coast: the great lakes. Authentic, wild and preserved, they form an ideal space for a family walk, a swim or to fish.
At the back of the dune cordon, discover the d'Hourtin-Carcans (66km2) where you can practice many nautical activities: catamaran, windsurfing, kite surfing....
Lacanau Lake, on the other hand, holds one of the best kept treasures of the Médoc: bird island, a small piece of wild land that you can explore on stand up paddle.
Finally, Lake Cazaux, France's second largest freshwater lake, will be ideal for a moment of tranquility, on the shores of its fine sandy beaches and wild coves.