Blaye's citadel and Gironde's estuary  

Blaye's citadel and fortifications of Vauban, typical of western military architecture, listed a World Heritage Site, since 2008.


Blaye, Vauban's bolt and the Gironde estuary

A major work by the famous military engineer Vauban, the Bolt of the Estuary is located on either side of the Gironde to protect Bordeaux from foreign naval attacks. It consists of three fortifications: the Citadel of Blaye on the right bank, Fort Pâté on an island in the middle, and Fort Médoc on the left bank.  The Bolt of the estuary has been a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, along with the 11 other fortresses making up the major Vauban sites. 

The Gironde estuary

Formed by the meeting of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, the Gironde flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest estuary in Europe. This unique natural milieu includes an archipelago of nine islands. Some of these are accessible during the tourist season on cruises leaving from Blaye. There are numerous bird species.       

The corniche on the right bank

Running alongside the estuary, this road links the village of Plassac with its Gallo-Roman vestiges to the medieval town of Bourg, by way of the  Pair-non-Pair cave dating from 33 000  BC.
Nicknamed "le Petit Nice" because of its luxuriant vegetation and microclimate, the town features cave houses, carrelets, and landing stations for fishing boats typical of the estuary.

The Blaye vineyards

Located between the estuary and the monuments of Blaye, the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellation produces high-quality red and white wines. Blaye winegrowers are very enthusiastic about their profession, and are glad to welcome visitors to their family-owned estates.
www.tourisme-blaye .com