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.

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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.

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