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    Road Trip to the South Gironde: Gastronomy and Castles

    Road Trip to the South Gironde: Gastronomy and Castles
    Starts from

    Bordeaux

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    9

    Duration

    11 hours

    Length

    34 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Bordeaux

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    11 hours

    Length

    34 mi

    History and CultureUnusual LocationsGastronomy
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    Created By:

    Darcy Tuscano

    Darcy Tuscano

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Visit a Gothic château in the South Gironde.
    • Feast at a Michelin restaurant.
    • Learn about the French Revolution.
    • Tour a former prison inside a castle.
    The South Gironde region of Gascony, France seems to be a place of natural wonder where time has stood still. The bucolic landscape beckons you to explore further as you visit with wide-eyed wonder the Castles and Vineyards of Royal Lineage.
    On this wonderful route, you'll visit two of the most famous Châteax in South Gironde, each very different from each other, and discover the secrets and stories of the ancient walls. The countryside is a road trip dream, dotted with castles, vineyards and stunning scenery. This region is a culinary delight and the day wouldn't be complete without a gourmet French dinner at a 2-Star Michelin restaurant.

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    The South Gironde region of Gascony, France seems to be a place of natural wonder where time has stood still. The bucolic landscape beckons you to explore further as you visit with wide-eyed wonder the Castles and Vineyards of Royal Lineage.
    On this wonderful route, you'll visit two of the most famous Châteax in South Gironde, each very different from each other, and discover the secrets and stories of the ancient walls. The countryside is a road trip dream, dotted with castles, vineyards and stunning scenery. This region is a culinary delight and the day wouldn't be complete without a gourmet French dinner at a 2-Star Michelin restaurant.
    Darcy Tuscano

    Darcy Tuscano

    Travel Expert

    • Visit a Gothic château in the South Gironde.
    • Feast at a Michelin restaurant.
    • Learn about the French Revolution.
    • Tour a former prison inside a castle.

    Day Itinerary

    9 Activities
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    Day 1

    34 mi0.3 mi

    Gorgeous Gascony Invites You to Discover the Culture, Cuisine and Castles

    The route into the heart of the Aquitaine will have you experiencing the wonders of a fairy tale as you venture to the land of Royal Châteaux. This region holds a rich history with the many castles dotting the landscape. Feel yourself enthralled as you walk through the ancient rooms where Royals once ruled at Château de la Brede. Later, at Château de Langorian, you'll be transported to a kingdom of childhood dreams. Indulge in the finest French cuisine along the way and celebrate the end of a perfect day with a 2-Star Michelin restaurant dinner.
    Château de la Brede
    09:452 hrs

    Château de la Brede

    Castle
    Open Details
    A Gothic, 14th Century Castle with historic relevance that was once the home to the great French philosopher and writer, Montesquieu.
    Today, the majestic castle is classified as a historic monument and the interior can be visited only by booking a guided tour.
    Please arrive at the entrance of the estate shop at least 15 minutes in advance of the tour starting time.
    Do wander the gardens and admire the exterior after the tour!
    0.8 mi5 min
    La Table de Montesquieu
    12:151 hr 30 min

    La Table de Montesquieu

    French Restaurant
    Open Details
    Artfully decorated French restaurant located in an old school with an extensive list of wines and aperitifs.
    Typical French fare prepared with fresh products and quality ingredients.
    Reservations Required.
    9 mi25 min
    Château de Langoiran
    14:151 hr 30 min

    Château de Langoiran

    Castle
    Open Details
    A royal, medieval fortress built in the 15th Century, Château de Langorian beckons you to explore the ruins of this once mighty castle.
    Now listed as an Historical Monument, the Château is owned by the Bibonne family. Mr. Bibonne first visited the castle as a 7-year-old boy and dreamed of someday purchasing it for his own. In 1972, his dream came true!
    Today, he personally opens up "his castle" for visitors so they, too, can admire the regal ancient fortress and learn of the storied history.
    As this is a small, family-run business it's always wise to call or email in advance to check on last-minute changes to opening hours/days.
    6.3 mi15 min
    16:0010 min

    Car Park

    Parking
    Open Details
    Park your car here for your time at the Castle and in the town of Cadillac.
    0.1 mi5 min
    Cadillac Castle
    16:151 hr 30 min

    Cadillac Castle

    Castle
    Open Details
    The grand and imposing Château from the 17th Century is a fine example of early French architecture built under Henri IV.
    The French revolution saw a takeover of the castle and it became a women's prison for more than 100 years until 1950. Today you can view the quarters where former inmates were kept.
    While you should take your time to admire the extraordinary work of the interior, learning about the Royal past, do be sure to take a stroll around the exceptional exterior as well.
    0.1 mi5 min
    Église Saint-Blaise et Saint-Martin
    18:0030 min

    Église Saint-Blaise et Saint-Martin

    Church
    Open Details
    The towering cloister flanked with stone arches and crystal chandeliers is a sight to behold at this Gothic Église. Even if you're not religious, European churches are a study in art appreciation.
    From here it's a nice walk around the cute town of Cadillac, exploring as you go.
    0.1 mi5 min
    Cadillac Town Hall
    18:4515 min

    Cadillac Town Hall

    Landmark
    Open Details
    There's just something about a French Town Hall that make you stop and admire them. The Mairie de Cadillac will charm you with multiple stone arches and flowing flower boxes.
    From here, you can continue to explore the town and even take a stroll along the river if you wish before returning to your car.
    0.1 mi5 min
    19:1515 min

    Car Park

    Parking
    Open Details
    Return here to pick up your car and drive to dinner.
    17.9 mi30 min
    La Grand' Vigne
    20:001 hr

    La Grand' Vigne

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    Only a short drive from Cadillac, you'll find the outstanding 2-Star Michelin Restaurant of Chef Nicolas Masse "La Grand' Vinge ".
    The promising young chef will take you on a culinary adventure with farm-to-table purity. Using only organic fruits and vegetable from his garden, Masse is loyal to working with only Aquitaine-sourced fish, meat and dairy products.
    Perfectly plated and paired with wines, you may choose from the chef's set menu for a truly gastronomic affair.
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