Discover Entre-Deux-Mers and Southern Gironde
Travel upriver in the Garonne valley for magnificent hillside views and to visit places full of history. The rich geological heritage of the valley can be seen in its buildings for example its Romanesque churches, bastide and medieval towns and the fossilised oysters in the walls at Sainte-Croix-du-Mont.
Entre-Deux-Mers: “between the seas” of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers
Situated between the very dense forests, hectares of vines blanket the region. Vineyards on rolling hills produce delicious dry, fruity white wine and red "Bordeaux Supérieur".
To learn more, see our page "Bordeaux wineries".
Entre-Deux-Mers: land of history and bastides
In the heart of the medieval Anglo-French conflicts, little towns, often fortified, that were built to protect the area are now charming, peaceful hamlets: the "bastides" such as Créon, Sauveterre or Cadillac.
The Garonne valley and its necklace of medieval towns
Travel upriver in the Garonne valley for magnificent hillside views and to visit places full of history. The rich geological heritage of the valley can be seen in its buildings for example its Romanesque churches, bastide and medieval towns and the fossilised oysters in the walls at Sainte-Croix-du-Mont. To illustrate the richness of Bordeaux’s hinterland, the area far as La Réole was recently given the title “Land of Art and History”. Among places that shouldn’t be missed are:
- Rions: A sleepy medieval town now that the Garonne has changed its course. Rion’s port no longer functions but it has kept its city walls, its church and its narrow streets recalling its rich history.
- Cadillac: This bastide, laid out in a grid pattern in 1281, has maintained its city walls and its market place (market day Saturday morning). The imposing chateau of the Duke of Epernon dominates the town.
- Sainte-Croix-du-Mont: Across the river from Sauternes this town, famous for its sweet wine, is built on a remarkable geological site. Beneath the church and the chateau Taste (today’s town hall) is a cliff made of fossilised oyster shells formed 20 million years ago when the sea covered this area.
- Verdelais: Cradle of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (château de Malromé). The basilica of Verdelais, with its Way of the Cross which offers a superb panoramic view of the Garonne Valley and the forest of Les Landes, was a pilgrim centre up to the beginning of the C20th.
- Saint-Macaire: The many medieval and renaissance houses as well as the city walls recall the importance of this town which, like Rions, is quiet since the Garonne no longer flows through it. Don’t miss the old priory and the C13th frescos on the vaulting of the Saint-Sauveur church.
- La Réole: A thousand-year-old fortress town at the gates of what was the county of Agenais, it is one of the most important medieval towns in the region. Among its many monuments are the C13th royal keep of Quat’Sos (four sisters), a C12th-C18th Benedictine priory and France’s oldest town hall (1200)...
- In the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers are the romantic and historic ruins of La Sauve Majeure monastery which is classified by UNESCO and Loupiac gallo-roman villa which archaeologists are still working on. So far, they have uncovered the villa’s baths whose pool is covered in mosaic.
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