A Dozen Reasons for Visiting The Médoc

 
 

  • THE FINE WINE

The Medoc produces THE FINEST RED WINES IN THE WORLD. With over 300 chateaux within the hour to visit for tastings and tours ranging from a modest 4 to 5 Euros to the sky’s the limit Mouton-Rothschild or Margaux.

  • THE WILD COAST

The Gironde has 120 miles of unbroken coastline with some of the BEST SURFING BEACHES IN EUROPE.

  • THE HOURTIN LAKE

The Hourtin-Carcans lake is the LARGEST LAKE IN FRANCE, 6000 hectares, a paradise for water sports and fishing.

  • THE ENDLESS FOREST

The Medoc has the LARGEST EXPANSE OF FOREST IN EUROPE with cycle tracks and trails.

  • THE GIRONDE ESTUARY

The Gironde estuary is the LEAST POLLUTED ESTUARY IN EUROPE and has 3 metre sturgeons and a small caviar industry. The little “ports” along the estuary have a charm of their own and have become very fashionable.

  • THE CORDOUAN LIGHTHOUSE

The Cordouan lighthouse at the mouth of the Gironde is THE OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE IN EXISTENCE and has a beautiful interior. There are trips available by boat at low tide with picnic provided and a hunt for mussels.

  • THE GREAT FOOD

The BEST OYSTERS come from Arcachon. They are served every morning at Montalivet market, 6 with a glass of ice cold wine costs around 5/6 Euros. It is claimed the BEST CREPES COME FROM THIS AREA which is known for its champignons, duck and Pauillac – milk-fed lamb bred on the salt marshes.

  • THE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

The Medoc has the GREATEST NUMBER OF LIVING CENTENARIANS IN FRANCE even though it is the LEAST POPULATED AREA OF FRANCE (1 person every 2 kilometres). Montalivet has the LARGEST PRIVATE NUDIST COLONY IN EUROPE and has a good Thalassatherapy spa.

  • THE RICH HISTORY

Bordeaux is the BEST PRESERVED EIGHTEENTH CENTURY CITY IN EUROPE with 4000 listed buildings and now a WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Despite its size it is an approachable city and agreeable to explore on foot.

  • THE QUIRKY MARKETS

The square around the basilique St Michel, Bordeaux, is taken over by different markets most mornings (bustling antique market on a Sunday from 8-2pm) “while the church’s modern stained glass windows are stunning”. Montalivet has the LARGEST EVERYDAY MARKET IN FRANCE in summer, with over 150 stalls selling everything you could desire from hippy beads to champagne; it also has wine tasting, champagne and wine by the glass from local chateaux and delicious snacks from around the world.

  • THE BORDEAUX SHOPPING

Bordeaux claims the LARGEST PEDESTRIANISED SHOPPING STREET IN EUROPE (rue St Catherine). It is claimed there are more Hermes scarves per sq kilometre than you can wave a Lacroix handbag at! Excellent Sales in July!

  • NEW TRAMS AND GARDENS MAKE BORDEAUX A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

 
 

 

Beach Tomato, 2011.

“It is definitely worth packing up a picnic and setting off on a wine tour of the region.”