6 Reasons Why Bourg Gironde Should Be Your Next Tourist Destination
Bourg, located in the Gironde Aquitaine region in south west of France, is a beautiful little town whose spirit can be seen and felt at all panoramic points, and appeals to visitors and tourists who want to feel the French charm and thrill. It the capital of Bourg Gironde, and it is like a gem sitting majestically on the right bank of the River Dordogne in the middle of the Cotes de Bourg wine appellations, on the Gironde estuary. It can also be called an ancient commune, away from the madding crowds.
Bourg’s fabulous fairy-tale looks that include chateaux, historical museums, magnificent gardens, not to forget the breath-taking views, all entice visitors to return again and again.
The town is a picture of Romanesque beauty whether you see the 18th century homes, the stone facades, or medieval streets and decorated iron balconies. At sunset the limestone façades reflect a rich, pink hue giving the place a mysterious look and feel.
There are several reasons to make Bourg Gironde your next holiday destination:
1. Heritage Sites
Bourg is among the three main UNESCO heritage sites of Blaye, Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. Bourg-sur-Gironde, as it was once called, was built during the Roman times, and shows its 2,000 year old history. Despite several upheavals, Bourg has maintained its dignity playing a big role during World War II. The various heritage sites like the Gallo-Roman origin Fountain, a dove court, century old monastery and parks, and underground jumper that link the port with the upper town are worthy of visiting. ‘At The Time Of Carriage’ is a museum under the castle where you can view the oil tanks and citadel guard rooms going back to World War II, the medieval gates, an art and crafts gallery and a Romanesque crypt. Other historical places of interest are Fort Medoc, Blaye Citadel, Bordeaux Port, Bordeaux Cathedral Saint-Andre and many more.
2. National Monuments
Discover Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, a monument on a small hill with Roman style architecture and presently surrounded by vineyards, although in earlier times it was in the midst of a forest.
The Pey-Berland Tower serving as a bell tower built in the Gothic style in the 15th century is a unique panorama in Bourg. The Cadillac Chateau is an imposing building with magnificent fireplaces and remarkable tapestries in each room.
3. Amazing Gardens
Bourg is home to many stunning gardens with hiking and biking trails and outdoor activities. Office de Tourisme de Bourg en Gironde features alluring gardens, public parks and amazing water front views.
The Chateaux Garden and grounds at the Chateau de Citadele of Bourg is a place where the medieval fair is celebrated.
4. Churches & Religious Monuments
Various century-old churches and religious monuments with amazing architecture can be seen in Bourg.
Some of the churches are Collegiale et Chapelle de la Trinite in Saint Emilion and Eglise de Saint Pierre.
5. Sensational Towns Of Bordeaux And Saint Emilion
Saint Emilion is based on a limestone hilltop and looks like a balcony above the Dordogne valley, famous for its cultural landscape and stunning vineyards. Bordeaux often called the ‘Port of the Moon’ is situated along the Garonne River.
With great urban revitalization, the city of Bordeaux is known as a World Heritage site, famous for its historical buildings, rivers and wine regions.
6. Events And Festivals
Bourg plays host to festivals, regattas, events and the annual salt fair. The Bourg Arts and Wine concert featuring internationally famous artists is held in the castle of the Citadel. Nights of Museums and Heritage Days is held annually where all museums participate. “Les Medievales” is a Regatta for family celebration held on the estuary in early September.
Another fair held in September is Foire Troque Salt Fair held at the harbor. Besides these, there are marathons, flea markets, wine festivals and Open Days that keep the residents and visitors busy and involved all the year round. It is often seen that tourists plan their visit to Bourg keeping the dates of these events in mind.
To sum up, Bourg may seem a little off the beat in the Aquitaine region, but it is a place certainly worth visiting if you want to enjoy the extensive vineyards, beautiful countryside, historic chateaux, and the villages that give the look of picture postcards.
Last but definitely not the least, the wines of the Cotes de Bourg appellation recall anyone wishing to enjoy an elegant bottle or two.