Office de tourisme
Rue des Minimes
33390 BLAYE

Tramway : N137 to 7#Road (national / local) km
Accessible on foot from the tourist office

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the visit


Citadel of Blaye - Unesco World Heritage Site

  • Phone : +33 5 57 42 12 09


The fortress of Blaye was built in the 17th century by Vauban, famous
engineer of King Louis XIV. This citadel, which overlooks the Gironde estuary, is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Designed by the famous engineer Sébastien Vauban, the "Bolt of the Estuary" or "Vauban Triptych" is located on the Gironde Estuary, the largest in Europe.

Built during the reign of Louis XIV, its role was to protect the city of Bordeaux 50 km upstream from enemy attacks. This defence system consisted of three forts: the Citadel of Blaye, Fort Pâté (located on Île Pâté in the middle of the estuary) and Fort Médoc in Cussac-Fort-Médoc.

Unique in France, the "Bolt of the Estuary", including the Vauban fortifications, has been a listed World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2008.

Free guided tour of the Citadel through the underground passages Reservation required.


Services & equipments, comfort

  • Picnic area

  • Restaurant

  • Wifi

  • Specific themed events

  • Temporary exhibitions


Key information

Open days

  • From 17/06/2019 until 22/09/2019
  • Open daily
  • From 11h00 to 12h00 until 14h00 to 18h00
  • From 23/09/2019 until 31/10/2019
  • Open daily
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 14h30 to 15h30
  • Saturday, Sunday from 14h30 to 15h30 until 16h00 to 17h00
  • From 01/11/2019 until 24/12/2019
  • Open daily
  • From 14h30 to 15h30
  • From 26/12/2019 until 31/12/2019
  • Open daily
  • From 14h30 to 15h30


  • Office de tourisme
    Rue des Minimes
  • 33390 BLAYE

  • Accessible on foot from the tourist office


  • info@tourisme-blaye.com
  • +33 5 57 42 12 09


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Means of payment

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  • Chèque vacances
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