Saint-Émilion Travel Guide

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Saint-Émilion Things to Do

  • Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

    Built from a limestone out-cropping, with much of the church underground, this is a fascinating church to visit. Lines were long on the day we visited, so, being impatient, we didn't thoroughly explore it.

  • Saint Emilion Wine Tour

    The St Emilion Wine Tour is bus tour with multi-language commentary through the vineyards and wineries surrounding the town. It is a relaxing way to see some of the famous vineyards without having to drive yourself on the narrow winding roads. You see some of the major vineyards like Petrus, Chateau Pavie and Cheval Blanc, plus many of the...

  • Collegiale church of St Emilion

    wonderful emblematic church in Saint Emilion and one of the must visits to this old city by the vines. Walking is wonderful around here.a bit of history as I likebuilt early in the 12C by the canons of Saint-Augustin,and continue until the 16C. In the Roman style with two cupolas and traverses, even if the biggest parts visible today are from the...

  • Cloître de Saint Emilion or cloister

    The cloister of cordeliers one of the most visible sites in Saint Emilion. It has the name cordeliers from the franciscan brothers who follow the teachings of St Francis of Assis from 1210.They were built from 1343, until the French revolution made them go into exile. From then, the new owners use the basements to do a sparkling wine under the name...

  • St. Emilion Wine's House

    Located next to the Cathedral and cloister, I couldn't figure out what this little wine museum and shop was all about. Apparently you can join a class ( I think there is a fee) to taste local wines with a local Free entrance, but the only thing of interest was an aroma table used to illustrate the various nuances of a wine's "nose". The price to...

  • Cloitre des Cordiliers

    This old cloister was part of a long abandoned monastery. It is a little gem in a town so focused on wine, that stumbling upon it is a nice break. There is a nice little, understated wine bar adjunct. The convent/monastery goes back at least to the 14th Century. The name if from the Franciscan monks, who dressed in coarse cloth of brown/blue tied...


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  • great eating est in St Emilion

    My hobby is wine, call collector but I prefer to drink them lol!!! The gamay base is not my favorite but have taste them of course.You will do good to visit theseL'Arrosee Chateaux clos la Madeleine Chateaux villemaurine this is a very reliable site in English to give you an idea of the wines and properties ,hope it...

  • O 3 Fountaines - Wine Bar

    Not only is there a great selection of local wines by the glass, but the tables are made of old wine barrels. The setting is very open, with large beams, lots of air and space. The prices are very reasonable and you can get a very satisfying lunch and glass or two of wine. The wine by the glass menu was excellent, with a glass of wine from as low...

  • Les Cordeliers - Wine and light snacks

    Located in part of the 16th century Cloitre des Cordeliers is a wine/drink/light snack shop where you can take a break in the remains of the cloister of the old monastery. The attitude is light and friendly in an informal atmosphere. They serve a selection of modestly priced wines, red, rose, white and sparkling. My glass of sparkling white wine...


Saint-Émilion Transportation

  • How to get in and out St Emilion

    I come here by car, and even in tight corners there is always been parking; towards or coming from Bordeaux on the D122 you come to square or place Bouqueyre and you have parking and WC toilets there. off the D243 road you have parking at Villemaurin as well as espace Guadet ,near place Bourgeoise coming out or in to Libourne.a good route planner...

  • Walk, walk, walk

    Exploring St. Emilion is best by foot. There are narrow paved streets called tetres and small flights of steps called escalates which make it a bit hard to travel any other way. Bring some good walking shoes as St. Emilion is an elavate town and can only be reached by foot.

  • By Car

    As we had hired a car for the week we would be traveling around France, we were able to arrive and leave at our lesiure. We arrived by car by late morning and spent the whole afternoon visiting the town.


Saint-Émilion Shopping

  • Wine Shop in Saint Émilion

    Very nice wine shop with a decent selection of wines. I thought the prices were very good. The owner, Greg, lets you taste various wines which is great. It's always questionable if you are buying a wine if you haven't tasted it. I bought a sauterne for 35,0 € for a 750ml bottle. You would pay US$50.00 for a very good half bottle of sauterne here in...

  • wines in Saint Emilion

    The area is full of wine properties, and a local visit is a must;however ,when in town, to get that quick bottle for the hotel or apartment the Celliers du Chateau are taste, you buy and they buy your old bottles. and feature at the tourist office wines of Saint...

  • Not so formal wine shops

    In addition to the more formal wine shops, with the bottles of wine and wine paraphenalia appropriately displayed, there are several wine shops where they stack the wine boxes with a handwritten price. Some of these prices seemed pretty good. A 2008 St. Emilion Grand Cru for less than 10 euro. Wine, specifically hmmmm? St. Emilion Merlot based...


Saint-Émilion Local Customs

  • wine tours or visits to St Emilion

    AHH having too much red from the medoc forgot you mentioned st emilion, gamay base wines; the tours there are cheaper with never taken them, I drive on my own.other tours from the tourist office of St Emilion are on your...

  • The wine of Saint Emilion does not...

    There is not a wine, but different kinds of wine.... This appellation produces a tremendously wide range of wines for the greater delight of consumers everywhere. Each has its own special personality, full of subtle nuances, from the most humble, but nevertheless delicious wines, to the most prestigious growths, which can age for decade.

  • Gift shops et all

    It is mandatory to buy souveniers here, because it is not a complete journey without one for friends..I bought some for close friends and associates. Most of the items depicts the wine traditions and culture.


Saint-Émilion Warnings and Dangers

  • Steep Cobblestone Streets

    Near the top of the hill at St. Emilion are narrow, steep streets paved with cobblestones. You have to be very careful with your footing. Personally, I would not wear high heels. Interesting note about the cobblestones...... the area does not have natural cobblestones, however, in order for the ships from England to bring back the heavy casks of...

  • Vehicles On Rue GUADET

    Vehicles wider than 2 meters are to be parked outside the town limits. Also, there are not many parking places in St Emilion, so you must be careful where you park your car. There are charges for parking in the main street, rue Guadet. It is also instructive to note that these street is narrow, and it is not easy to make one's way because of the...

  • Visibility

    There is poor visibility in St Emilion because of the hight of the village. So ifyou are driving, you must be careful.


Saint-Émilion Tourist Traps

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    Several Wine Shops

    by ceswho Written Jan 10, 2004

    Be careful to get into buying wines.
    I suggets you know the different quality lables of wines before buying and most important know about wines.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't buy wines at the first shop you get into. There are more ahead.

    Fun Alternatives: Know your wines and the different quality labels.

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    • Wine Tasting
    • Road Trip

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Saint-Émilion What to Pack

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    by Toyin Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: It is suggested that one takes a sweater for visiting the cellars and underground monuments.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ladies, try to avoid high heeled shoes as some of the streets are on a steep incline, paved with cobblestones.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are available in stores doted arround the village.

    Photo Equipment: Cameraa is a must, otherwise you have no business going there. But the weather is very misty so get a good digita camera.

    Miscellaneous: Vehicle wider than 2meters and with height more than 6 tons are not allowed to drive into the centre of St Emilion.

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    • Backpacking

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Saint-Émilion Off The Beaten Path

  • Lavoirs of Saint Emilion

    These are well preserved in a nice area of restaurants. the public pools built in the 19C are powered by the same source, that made that came out the legend of Saint Emilion in the 8C in the Hermitage. The women came there to washed where the water flush.The fountain of the King, the largest of two washhouses and the only covered at the time, was...

  • Dogs

    Am not saying that this is a common occurence, but on this occassion we saw this "Lonely Dog" She seem to be missing, and seeking attention and peharps food, we played a bit, but she does not look very happy. So we left.

  • La Porte Brunet

    This gate i found when i took the outer road along the Cardinal?s Palace back to where i had parked my car. It belonged to the town?s defensive wall that was build in the 12th and 13th century. On the town side of the gate, the street was covered by arches which are gone mostly now but you can still see the wall and windows that belonged to this...


Saint-Émilion Sports & Outdoors

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    Sport and Leisure

    by Toyin Written Jan 7, 2005

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    It is possible to hire touring bikes at the tourist office all year round.
    10 euros per bike for half-day, 14
    Euros per bike for a full day, 11 euros per bike and per day, for more than 2 consecutive days.

    Equipment: All information could be obtained immediately you get to the tourist office.

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    • Cycling
    • Wine Tasting

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Saint-Émilion Favorites

  • The Trees of St. Emilion

    I'm not sure what the name of these trees are but I found them to be quite interesting. I love trees and at any chance will try to photograph them.The trees looks like they belong in a haunted story book with its nobby trunks and stick like branches. I've seen these particular trees in other areas of France as well as Germany.

  • Familiarize yourself with this compact...

    In my travels around these small towns I've noticed that many have these wonderful illustrated maps of the main attractions with some really good information of loactions, etc. It's a great way of just familiarize yourself before heading out to explore, even if you have a portable map.

  • Wine tasting

    During our visit we really wanted to do some wine tasting. We came across this particular Vintor and were surprised to know that although reservations were required, he would do a short demonstration for us. Interesting to see the passion that wine evokes in the gentlemen explaining the wine varies, the region, and everything about this particular...


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