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The Corniche road

Discover the world of the estuary from the banks simply at your own rythm : this is the mission that is proposed to you. By car, or by bicycle, you can enjoy the ever-changing landscapes.

On the left bank, road D2 cross the vineyards, from Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc to the gates of Bordeaux. The "Route des Châteaux" cross the countryside where vineyards and marshes coexist. After Pauillac, take the ferry to Lamarque (notice all the islands, Île Nouvelle and Paté with its fort) to reach Blaye and its Vauban citadel. Two scenic roads are then available to you. Next to Bourg-sur-Gironde, called "Little Switzerland of Gironde", walk along the "Corniche Fleurie", where the presence of countless palm trees, oleanders and green oaks reflects a climate of great sweetness.

The D669 road (E1) goes along the bank of the estuary and areas of old sea captains between Bourg-sur-Gironde and Villeneuve. It winds through Le Pain de Sucre, Bayon, Marmisson, Gauriac and Roque-de-Thau, small friendly villages that offer wonderful views of the estuary.

From Gauriac to Roque-de-Thau, you can observe square fishing huts called "carrelets", fishermen's houses, cave dwellings clipped to the cliff, all colorful common oleanders, banana and palm trees. On this beautiful road section, many paths allow to climb the cliff: the Virgin path, mountain bike tracks...

A "window on the estuary" (information panel on history, geography, environment, and heritage) is located next to Château Tayac and offers a breathtaking view on the Bec d’Ambès and the islands.