Here, history lovers with a capital “H” will not be disappointed. A privileged witness to History, the Blaye Bourg Terres d'Estuaire destination is home to a remarkable built and cultural heritage in the heart of its territory. Here, the meanders of the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde Estuary have favored the development of people over time. 

We find in this territory the markers of many eras: from traces of prehistory to the still visible scars of the Second World War, including vestiges of Roman mosaics still visible and breathtaking medieval cities. You will have understood… History buffs have their “place to be” here!

4 unmissable historical sites and all of History in less than 20 kilometers!

Whether you are going on an adventure with friends, family or as a couple, the Blaye Bourg Terres d'Estuaire destination will delight everyone! 

The UNESCO-listed citadel

Soak up the majestic aura of the Blaye citadel, an architectural and historical jewel listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 17th century by the military engineer Vauban, it is one of the three constructions which constitute the Verrou Vauban. During the guided tours of the Citadel through the underground passages, we explain the defense system of the fortress and the life of the soldiers inside! From its ramparts, enjoy unique panoramas of the Gironde estuary. Stroll through the streets of the picturesque village and also visit its museum which presents the engravings left by the soldiers imprisoned behind its walls. A must see !

Superb place, lots of feelings, magnificent view of the estuary.

The citadel of Blaye UNESCO

A Vauban fortress listed by UNESCO, open all year round and free.

The ancient village of Bourg

Between upper town and lower town, Bourg overlooks the right bank of the Gironde from its rocky peak!

The ancient village of Gallo-Roman origin today reveals a silhouette marked by its perfectly preserved medieval ramparts from the 13th century. The village also contains a surprising Moorish house built around the beginning of the 20th century.

The ancient village of Gallo-Roman origin today reveals a silhouette marked by its perfectly preserved medieval ramparts from the 13th century. The village also contains a surprising Moorish house built around the beginning of the 20th century.

The Gallo-Roman villas in the village of Plassac

Mosaic village, Plassac is home to a Gallo-Roman villa whose perfectly preserved decorations are still visible. Like a bridge connecting the past and the present, contemporary mosaic works are exhibited in the alleys of the village! The construction of beautiful stone residences also bears witness to the development of the village in the 18th and 19th centuries thanks to the flourishing activity of its port. Finally, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gironde estuary, climb to the top of the village, where the Virgin of Montuzet sits.

The Peer-non-Pair Cave

Go back in time by exploring prehistoric remains! There peer-non-pair cave is the silent witness to the passage of the first inhabitants of the region. The guides will accompany you to discover Paleolithic relics (tools, animal bones, etc.) and surprising drawings engraved on the wall more than 30 years before our era!

A journey dedicated to the discovery of historical heritage

The Corniche road, itself steeped in history, will be the common thread of your excursion along the Gironde Estuary to discover our heritage! Built late, connecting the villages of Blaye and Bourg, it allowed residents to reach villages that could previously only be accessed by boat. Sometimes at the foot of the cliffs, sometimes at their summit, we still find the imprint left by the passage of stonecutters and bargemen, as well as exotic plant species introduced by humans. Palm trees, banana trees and avocado trees thrive here thanks to a microclimate!

Now used all year round, on foot, by bike or by car, it is dotted with explanatory panels evoking the Gironde Estuary, the historic sites encountered along its way, and the region's vineyards. Although described as “small heritage”, in opposition to the other major must-see sites of the destination, the Corniche road is nonetheless an important axis, which locals and passing visitors alike do not fail to take. .

A magical route!

It is also from the Corniche road that we find the most beautiful panoramas of the estuary and the surrounding landscapes. Spring, summer, fall or winter, from first light to sunset, impossible to miss these breathtaking views!

A breathtaking historical and cultural heritage… and accessible!

Easily browse the citadel of Blaye, village of Bourg, village of Plassac and its Gallo-Roman villa and the peer-non-pair cave during guided tours! Whether you are a lover of old stones, passionate about architecture or a history buff, these 4 sites will have something to quench your thirst for learning!

Many activities are also organized to captivate even the youngest: investigation, mini golf course or mosaic workshop await them to discover history in a fun way!

And for smaller budgets?

It is entirely possible to take in the sights for a minimum budget!

The citadel of Blaye, Bourg and Plassac can also be visited independently thanks to the discovery trails set up along the streets and which will already give you a lot of information on the history of these villages.

The Cave of Pair-non-Pair can only be visited during guided tours, but the prices are rather attractive, with entry at €13 for adults and a free ticket for under-26s. ! 

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