France: Bordeaux

Entre-Deux-Mers, Bourg and Blaye

Between the rivers and the Côtes
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 03 March 2010
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Tiny, but well preserved bastide (walled) town, with the typical central square lined with a lively bar, a few good restaurants, an excellent butcher and two boulangeries (one of which doubles as a salon de thé ). Sauveterre is also well known for its local wine cooperative, and runs festivals on a regular basis throughout the year. It is also the start of the cycle path that runs all the way into Bordeaux centre.


The outskirts of Créon, the main market town in Entre-Deux-Mers, are currently a building site, but there is still a lovely, if slightly shabby, central square, and the town’s central location makes it a perfect base for exploration of Entre-Deux-Mers. One of the region’s best markets takes place here every Wednesday morning, when parking may be difficult.


A 13th century walled town that forms the heart of Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, and is beautifully located on the meandering D10 road. Four imposing stone gates mark the entrance to the inner section of the town, which is built around a large castle, formerly the home of the Duc d’Epernon


The citadel of Blaye is one of the 'must visit' tourist attractions in the Gironde, and is also the site of a ferry that links the Left and Right Banks of the river (see below). The nearby town of Bourg is prettier for wandering around, but Blaye has a bigger range of restaurants and shops.

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