Gironde and the region of Aquitaine stretches along France's south west coast and is full of huge sandy beaches, Europe's largest sand dune, plush seaside towns and the stylish city of Bordeaux - a region loved by everyone from wine buffs to surfers to sun seekers.
While you're in Aquitaine, it's also worth visiting the wine-rich region of Médoc. Indulge in some taste testings, or wander around the picturesque villages and vineyards. This is beautiful natural landscape and quality wine at its finest, all within easy reach of siblu's two Gironde-based parks.
Le Domaine de Soulac: What better way to complete your French holiday than a visit to the wine-rich Médoc region. Sample the greatest of the red stuff at Saint-Estèphe & Pauillac.
La Réserve: The beautiful bay of Arcachon - oyster farming & boat rides across the bay, giant sand dunes at Pyla, Mimizan beach...
Bordeaux: Bordeaux: Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux is architecturally beautiful, and considered the Wine Capital of the World.
Aqualand at Biscarrosse beach
Watersports : Take part in fantastic watersports such as windsurfing and boating with Soulac Tourist Office.
The mighty Dune du Pyla: The largest sand dune in Europe, Pyla is definitely worth a trip up to experience arguably the best view of the Atlantic coast in Gironde.
In June : One of France's biggest international wine festivals, Bordeaux's Fete du Vin is a great hotspot for anybody wine-curious.
In July: Jazz Festival at Sanguinet
In August : Lacanau Pro Surf Sooruz. Hundreds of fans from around the world congregate on the sands to watch this surfing competition.
The Aquitaine region knows a thing or two about holidays with variety, so I feel confident about saying there is something here for everyone, from medieval towns to dramatic beaches to countless vineyards of award winning grapes.
We've picked out four places in Aquitaine that we think are worth visiting. It's only our opinion though, so we won't be offended if you think somewhere else should be included. Just let us know, so we can perhaps put it on our website. Unless you want to keep it to yourself, of course!
Here are just some of the fantastic places to visit during your siblu family holiday in Gironde.
South of the Arcachon Bay, about 60km from Bordeaux, you can visit the highest dune in Europe, the Great Dune of Pyla (pictured above). The dune reaches a height of 100m. At the summit the view is spectacular with the ocean coast, the inlet of the Bay and the large pine forest that surrounds it and when the sky is very clear you can see the Pyrenees mountains.
St Emilion is a heart-warming 'ugly duckling grows up and becomes glamourous swan tale'. In the 8th century a hermit called, Emilion dug out a cave for himself in the rock. A monastery followed. Then it blossomed into a gorgeous medieval hilltop village.
The village is surrounded by endless vineyards that produce full-bodied deep red wines, handy for keeping the 50 or so local wine shops well-stocked. Bizarrely, the cobbles on every street are English, which might explain why they're the most uneven you'll ever walk on in France, and that's without even sampling the wine! Don't miss the Église Monolithe, as this is one church that children might actually enjoy visiting, because it's underground and carved out of the limestone. It dates from the 9th century and is Europe's largest subterranean church. The lowest level is a maze of pillars and ironwork that support the structure above.
Bordeaux is best known for its wine, producing a staggering 44 million or so cases per year. But it offers more than just wine, it's a great place for your children to practice their photography. Here are three places that like to pose for the camera: the 'Quartier Saint-Eloi'; the 'Pont de Pierre', which ranks high in the top ten of attractive bridges; and the 'Maison du Vin', a beautiful 18th century building offering wine tasting.
Dax is a warm and peaceful spa town that's mercifully easy to pronounce. Hot springs bubble at a constant 64ºc and you're positively encouraged to cover yourself in mud - a sight your children will find hilarious! Before leaving, stretch your legs along the banks of the River Adou or in the colourful public gardens, where you'll see lots of other families having a stroll. You should probably also wash off that mud.
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