Beaches of Carcans
Another wonderful beach we have enjoyed in our trips to our favorite area and now time for photos from older periods.
It is about 50 kms from Bordeaux bordering the Atlantic ocean and the biggest man made lake in Europe. Water activities are too much to mention !
It shares all this with the main town of Carcans and the adjacent Maubuisson . We have come by car after getting off the Bordeaux rocade on exit 7 or 8 you come to the main town at the crossing of the roads D3 and D207. However there is a train station at Lesparre for the TER from Bordeaux to La Pointe du Grave
sites here are the windmill done from 1627 and the miracle fountain of St John at the foot of the windmill. And the church of Saint Martin.13C
you have the beach carcans ocean good for surfers and gliders and lac d'Hourtin-Carcans ,the biggest lake in France and the camping activities area of Bombannes
The city tourist info is here in French
and the Bombannes activities page in French
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
Basilique Notre Dame de la fin des Terres, Soulac
a wonderful Church at the extreme end of soulac en mer, city center it was call like this because close to the pointe des graves and it is right in the rue de la plage straight in from the beach.
It is a stopping place on the way to Saint James de compostela UNESCO heritage site for this Way, and very nice Church too.
some historical background;
It is probably in the second half of the 12C that it was built up the sanctuary, designed from the outset as a large church of pilgrimage, whose plan is intended to allow an easier movement of the faithful around the relics. There is thus in Soulac: «of the candle that was carried by the Angel in the Nativity Jesus-Christ "; "Three palm leaves which were taken n front of Jésus-Christ at the entrance of Jherusalem" or even "Eight froment grains that were sown and made all-in-one hour as Nostre-Dame is fleeing in Egypt» . Other relics are the object of special veneration: relics of St. Veronica, who died in Soulac in 70AD, and a few drops of the milk of the Virgin brought from Holy land. Indeed, one of the meanings of the name of the town of Soulac is 'the milk of the Virgin' (Lake in latin Solum).
The Basilica is a Romanesque style showing mixes of deep saintongeaises and poitevines influences. Originally built on a Latin cross plan (the transept was done during restoration at the end of the 19C) the sanctuary is now structured on a basilical plan. It consists of a central nave flanked by two collateral of the same height, the whole being divided into five bays. The arch vaults are orchestrated by a series of timbers to slightly exceeded forms based on engages 10 semi-columns. If the first three spans include substantially the same provisions, powerful fourth Bay piers, and the development of a small spiral staircase betray the presence of the primitive Tower (which was replaced by the current Tower in the 16C) in this precise place.
The exterior, the apse was formerly divided into three horizontal registers by a series of bands, but only the upper parts have been identified during restorations. Above the bays unfolds an atypical arcade due to the presence of pilasters to transom which replace the balusters generally employed in this kind of decoration. Part and sides of the apse, two apsidioles extend the collateral. Two arcades allowed past the junction with the right Bay of the choir, but these have the particularity to be half buried (to preserve the structure, the building was not completely balance).
visits are free from 9h to 17h30
but a guided tour is ok for 6€ adults.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
visit a winemaker Lanessan
I have many and other tips on wines, I am a collector of many years, with certificate from the French entities on the subject of wines.
My taste goes beyond the borders to many countries, and some I have the opportunity to visit or even lived. However, there is nothing like the "BORDEAUX" . it covers a huge area, and many denomination to large too put in a tip.
Just give you one my kids enjoy it, because it has a wonderful carriages museum, rides, visit to the vinyards and tastings, plus a great area of Cussac-Fort-Médoch-12h nd 14h to 18h
I have the link in contact for the horses museum and here is the property site
very much link to the area history from an old family of the Bouteiller. It is one of the family start bottles over the years.
You can visit the castle, gardens, horse museum, and the stables all magical. Great for the whole family. Open all year from
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
- Wine Tasting
The beaches of Lacanau-Océan
This is heavens, my family comes here for several years following the French craze on camping park, we rent a mobile home and just 300 meters from these magnificent beaches.
I am from living many many years in tropical semitropical places, and I can say that when summer is here july and august,these beaches can rank with any in the world.
You have the south central and north beaches or plage du sud, plage centrale, and plage du nord all along the village town of Lacanau-Océan, not to be confused with the quaint inland city of Lacanau.
you have bus service from Bordeaux St jean train station in the summer believe is bus 702 but we do all by car.
The place has all amenities as wc ,showers, changing rooms, plenty of stores and restos in city center very quaint even a grocery store Shoppi.
And the plus is that you are just across beautiful pine trees roads to the river Garonne and the Médoc wine region, the best in the world. as well as one of the biggest if not the biggest man made lake in Europe, Etang de Lacanau.
the contact webpage is the officialof the city of lacanau-ocean ,and then this one is of the region including lacanue and nearby beach communities carcans,maubissons, hourtin.
- Family Travel
- Water Sports
Pin Sec Beach
This Beach 35 km from Pauillac, located in Pin sec, on the Atlantic Coast, a wild, unspoilt stretch of beach, a hidden jewel on the South West coast of France. Mostly people come for surfing or learning to surf.
And we can see several German bunkers on this beach. It's a very strange beach with german bunkers.
Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel is a winery in the Saint-Estèphe, not far from Pauillac
The name Cos (with the S pronounced) refers to a "hill of pebbles" in Gascon dialect and the name Cos d'Estournel was given in 1810 by Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel. In the nineteenth century, he inherited vineyards, located near the village of Cos, and decided to exploit this magnificent region, which will become the Cos d'Estournel. Thanks to the reputation of its wine and in particular, its trade with India, he was nicknamed "the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe." He died in 1853 and will not see his field, ranked as “second cru classé” in 1855. Many owners have then succeeded. Since 2000, Michel Reybier, has been leading the field. Symbol of longevity and elegance, the wines of Cos d'Estournel are part of the Saint-Estèphe’s elite. Despite some middling vintages in the 90’s and a constant evolution of the château Montrose and the château Calon-Ségur, Cos d'Estournel remains the most famous of Saint-Estèphe’s wines.
This Chateau located in St. Julien, not far from Pauillac.
Built in the 17th century, reconstructed by the marquis de Brassier in 1757 and extended by the Heine family at the end of the 19th century. Classical in its lines, the imposing facade, topped with a majestic triangular pediment and with wings on each side, is embellished with volutes and vases that give it an exuberantly baroque appearance. Château Beychevelle has recently been restored to its original splendor.
Though the traces of Pauillac is as old as the prehistory, in the 18th Century the vineyard of Pauillac become famous.
A classic Pauillac wine is rich, dense-coloured, full-bodied and profound with an elegant mix of black currants and cedary oak that is luxurious and distinguished when mature. There is a wide variation on this theme throughout Pauillac, in part due to the differing terrain across the region.
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
The quality of Château Lafite Rothschild needs no introduction. As early as 1815, Abraham Lawton had already designated it as leader: “I ranked it as being the most elegant and delicate, with the finest body of the three (leading wines)” he qualified in 1855. As to Château Lafite's attributes found in all vintages, it was an enlightened amateur that summed it up best by saying “...whatever the case, all the Château Lafite wines have an almond and violet aroma!”
Stroll in the City
With Facade of the 18th century on the marina, Pauillac has a unique architecture. So many testimony of the past we can found it here. An interesting walk along the old streets where small traders are setting up today.
La Fayette à Pauillac
in 1777, escaping from the king's officers, La Fayette leaft France from Pauillac to go to America. There, his role was decisive gain of victory in the war of an independence of the United State of America.
Archaeological site of Brion
this archaelogical site located in Saint-Germain d'Esteuil, 25 km from Pauillac. Nothing much we can see from this site, but it's good to know the history of this area.
75 km long, 12 km wide, with surface area of 635 square meters, the Gironde Estaury is the lagest estuary of Western Europe.
You will see this fishing shack almost along the Gironde River. And its a nice place to enjoy the river view.
Pauillac is at the heart of the wine counttr, surrounded by the distinguished Haut-Medoc, Margaux and St.Julien appellations.