Gironde is the largest department in France. Its Atlantic coast is a huge ribbon of fine sand that runs from Cap-Ferret to Verdon. Sweeped by the waves of the Ocean, the coast offers surfing pros strong sensations, especially in Lacanau Océan. The Landes forest, kingdom of maritime pine, covers the western half of the department. The banks of the Gironde are the domain of the fishermen with the square but also prestigious wine castles and some jewels of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The Arcachon Basin has managed to preserve its oyster farming traditions intact. It is full of sublime landscapes, often breathtaking like the famous dune of Pilat. At the tip of Grave, in the middle of the ocean, stands the Cordouan lighthouse, the oldest in Europe. In the heart of this territory, Bordeaux is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The first port of the kingdom in the 18th century, the city has retained the architectural elegance of that period. The Cité du Vin is the symbol of what has made it so rich for centuries: the vine and its great classified growths. There are 57 appellations from medocs to Saint-Emilion, including gravel, sauternes, etc. The castles of Yquem, Margaux, Mouton Rotschild, Haut-Brion and others are renowned throughout the world. Wine means gastronomy, and the Gironde is not to be outdone with products such as canelés, foie gras or caviar from Aquitaine. It has no less than 14 starred chefs, including Philippe Etchebest, Pierre Gagnaire and Gordon Ramsay, who are featured in all tourist guides.

The must-see places in Gironde

When to go to Gironde?

When to go to Gironde? If you want to enjoy the Ocean, July and August are the best months to come to Gironde. On the other hand, the seaside resorts, especially those in the Bassin d'Arcachon, are overflowing with people and prices are soaring in all types of accommodation. If you want peace and quiet, May, June and September are in principle quite mild and all the establishments, closed in low season, are open. It is an ideal time to visit the sites quietly and enjoy the beach from the first rays of the sun. Major events punctuate the festive agenda in Gironde. In Andernos-les Bains, the oyster festival takes place in the second half of July at the same time as the Festival Jazz en liberté. Fest'arts Libourne opens in early August to street arts companies. Every two years in June, Bordeaux celebrates the river with prestigious boats and Bordeaux celebrates wine, an event where all the appellations of Bordeaux wines are discovered on the same site. In November Bordeaux S.O. Good is a festival of art of living and gastronomy hosted by many exceptional chefs. For those who love sport, wine and celebration, at the beginning of September, the Marathon du Médoc passes through the heart of the famous Médoc vineyards and the greatest castles open their doors for a snack or a tasting. In mid-August, Lacanau hosts Lacanau Pro, an international surfing competition with the best surfers in the world. From mid-July to the end of August, lovers of the past will travel to Castillon-la-Bataille to watch a breathtaking show on the Hundred Years' War, featuring stunts and pyrotechnic effects with the participation of over 600 volunteers. Classical music also takes its place with, among others, in July the Estivales de musique en Médoc in Pauillac or the Variations musicales de Saint-Estèphe in August.

Prepare for your trip Gironde

Pictures Gironde

Discover Gironde

Practical information
When to travel?

When to go to Gironde? If you want to enjoy the Ocean, July and August are the best months to come to Gironde. On the...
Read more about it

Weather forecast

The Gironde is subject to an oceanic climate. The weather is relatively mild throughout the year with temperatures va...
Read more about it

Featured articles Gironde

Bordeaux met la peinture britannique à l'honneur

Still too little known in France, British painting is nevertheless fascinating. To put the spotlight on large paintings by artists from across the Channel, two exhibitions will be held simultaneously in the heart of the city of Bordeaux. The first exhibition, entitled British Stories, will be held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux and will feature works on loan from the Louvre. The second exhibition is called Absolutely Bizarre! and ...

Le monde équestre se retrouve au Jumping International de Bordeaux

The world's elite of equestrian sports will meet at the Jumping International de Bordeaux to thrill the public and horse lovers to the rhythm of the most beautiful events on the international circuit. The best riders in the world meet up for the last stage of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping circuit, but also for another highlight: the final of the FEI World Cup Driving. In parallel to the event, the Salon du Cheval de la capitale ...

Boire avec les dieux, exposition enivrante à la Cité du Vin de Bordeaux

To mark the year 2020, the Cité du Vin will host an exceptional exhibition that will focus on unveiling the links between Greco-Roman civilization and wine. The public will have the opportunity to take an artistic and historical stroll and contemplate some fifty works from Switzerland, France and Greece. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics will be mixed with original monumental creations designed especially for the event by Bordeaux artists. In ...

The Musée Mer Marine celebrates autumn with the hosting of two exceptional exhibitions within its walls. The first is related to the 500th anniversary of the death of the genius Leonardo da Vinci. "Da Vinci, the inventions of a genius" presents more than 120 models and reconstructed objects of the Italian master. The course is divided into 9 themes and the public has the opportunity to see models such as a textile spinning machine or a ...

Discover the bike tours Gironde

Review