Things to do, Places to go
Ocean, lakes, dunes, forest – and vineyards too!
The Médoc Bleu stretches from just north of the Bassin d'Arcachon to the tip of the Gironde estuary at Pointe de Graves, taking in Lacanau-Océan, Montalivet-les-Bains and Soulac-sur-Mer along the way. It's a stretch of coastline dominated by magnificent ocean beaches, pine forest and shimmering lakes. The Médoc Blue, Green and Gold might be more appropriate! Known for a range of outdoor activities: surfing, cycling, golf, horse-riding, sailing and, of course, outings into the Médoc Rouge, bordering the Gironde estuary, to sample the famous wines of Pauillac, Margaux and Saint-Julien. Within easy reach of Bordeaux, this region is a treat for all the senses.
Lake beaches - within cycling distance of most of the main sea-side towns Aquitaine's lakes ('étangs') offer a lovely alternative to the ocean, with beaches perfect for toddlers and with the added comfort of shady picnic areas close by. Try the Etangs de Lacanau and d'Hourtin-Carcans. They are delightfully tranquil.
Marathon - For those of you who enjoy sports, take part or simply watch the region's famous marathon 'des Chateaux du Médoc', which takes place every year in September, a colourful, fun event.
Cycling - France looks after its cyclists well, and the Médoc Bleu is no exception: it enjoys a 141km stretch of prepared trail along the Médoc coast from the northern Pointe de Graves to Cap Ferret, which has the additional benefit of being relatively flat! It's a lovely, safe way to get around; the main towns all have bike hire shops.
Golf - half a dozen good golf courses near the coast, including the highly-rated Golf du Médoc and Golf de Lacanau-Ardilouse. Best times to go are May, June, September & October. The Médoc Golf Pass offers discounted green fees on these courses, plus others in easy striking distance near Bordeaux and Arcachon.
Walking - paths wind through the forest, around lakeshores and over dunes all along the coast.
Surfing - Aquitaine is Europe's home of surfing, and the Médoc Bleu region is no exception. Soulac, Lacanau, and Montalivet all offer good surfing, and have hire shops and surf schools. Sailing and wind-surfing are also popular, especially on the lakes.
Horse-riding - with all that forest and space, it's not surprising horse-riding is popular, with several 'centres équestres' (including in Soulac, Lacanau) offering courses and treks for beginners and more experienced riders.
Wine-tasting - the Médoc rouge, a short east from the Médoc Bleu, is home to the world's most famous châteaux, including Château Margaux, Château Lafite and Château Mouton-Rothschild. Many (but not all) offer tours and tasings by appointment.
In a beautiful setting of vines on the outskirts of Pauillac,Château Cordeillan-Bages is an attractive 18th century mansion converted into a restaurant. Thierry Marx's strict yet inventive cuisine, makes every meal at Cordeillan-Bages an unforgettable experience.
- Office du Tourisme Saint-Laurent Médoc :
1 rue Saint Exupéry
33112 Saint-Laurent Médoc
Téléphone. / Fax. +33 (0)220.127.116.11.66
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Site internet : officedetourisme-saintlaurentmedoc.fr
- Office du Tourisme de Bordeaux :
Site internet : www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/fr
- Maison du Tourisme et du Vin : Pauillac
Téléphone : +33 (0)5.56.59.03.08
Fax : +33 (0)18.104.22.168.38
Email : email@example.com
Site internet : www.pauillac-medoc.com
- Château Peyrabon :
Saint Sauveur en Médoc
F - 33250 Pauillac
Par téléphone : 0033 (0)5 56 59 57 10
Par fax : 0033 (0)5 56 59 59 45
Par email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Site internet : www.chateau-peyrabon.com
- Location Vélos :
2 route Guérin
33250 Saint-Sauveur Médoc
Téléphone : +33 (0)5.56.59.04.07
Portable : +33 (0)22.214.171.124.98
- TAXI BEY :
75 rue Albert 1er
Portable : +33 (0)126.96.36.199.01
Fax : +33 (0)5.56.59.04.79
Email : email@example.com
- Le Saint Sabastien
11 rue Charles Plumeau
The Médoc Bleu region is where to re-discover life's simple pleasures of fresh air, good fun and easy living, and like-minded people looking for the same! If you want to by the sea, the Médoc Bleu is definitely the place to come.