The town of Libourne hosted its first local wine festival on the second weekend in July. The Des Vines, Des Rive en Libournais combines the two important aspects of the town, the local wine industry and the confluence of the l'Ilse and Dordogne rivers. In addition to several of the local wineries displaying the fruit of their labor, there were...more
This is a quality hotel that is part of the Mercure chain. The reception was very accomodating and...more
Le port du Noyer,Arveyres, Arveyres, Libourne, Fra
Good for: Couples
7 Rue Chanzy, Libourne, 33500, France
Good for: Solo
Left with few choices of a decent restaurant on a Sunday evening in Libourne, I followed the hotel's recommendation and dined on the terrace by the river at the La Tour de Vieux Port. Fortunately they had some reasonably priced, quality Medoc Bordeaux's in a half bottle. The early July weather was perfect for an outdoor meal. A somewhat limited...more
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The town of Libourne is very easy to explore on bicycle. The town is flat, at the confluence of two nice size rivers. The weather varied, on one day it was slightly cool and a tiny bit of rain, and the other it was warm and sunny. One point of caution, there are several areas of the nearby highways where bicycles are not allowed. Unfortunately, I could not figure out what the alternative way would be and not risk getting lost so I rode on on the highway anyway.
For being in the middle of the finest wine area in the world, there is not the wine tasting industry as we have come to expect such as in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California or the Douro Valley in Portugal. However, some wineries are realizing that this can be positive. Most of these seem to be from the Lalande de Pomeral district, just East of the famed Pomeral district. The wines are less expensive. On Sunday morning you can also pick up some good quality wines from local growers at the farmers market in the Libourne town square. Several I tasted were exceptionally good. Many of the others were very good, and certainly great for a nice wine to go with dinner.
It one thing for a town to roll up on Sunday evening, but tourists wanting a qualify meal have to look hard on Sunday evenings as most restaurants are closed. I noted only two, one on each side of the Isle River near the watchtower.
The Libourne Tourism office is located in the main square in the old town at:
40 place Abel Surchamp - 33500 Libourne
Tél. 05 57 51 15 14 - Fax. 05 57 25 00 58