Gironde & Gascony Tourist Information
Just one long stretch of sandy beach, washed by the famous Atlantic waves, perfect for surfing, bodyboarding and of course sunbathing! For a spot of sightseeing, beautiful Biarritz and Pau are must-sees, as is the Cognac distillery in Royan. Eurocamp Independent's guide to Gironde & Gascony Tourist Information includes links to the best campsites in the region, with details of tourist attractions and sightseeing suggestions to make the most of your holiday experience.
Eating out in Gironde & Gascony
While you are in Gironde, try....
Cognac - the world’s most renowned eau-de-vie was described as the “brandy of the gods” by Victor Hugo. Pineau des Charentes, a fortified mixture of cognac and grape juice makes a lovely digestif.
Seafood roasted on pine needles – Eclade is a dish of mussels piled high on a plate and covered with pine needles which are then set on fire.
Gironde Wine is used extensively in the preparation of the local dishes. Regional specialities include oysters, Charentes butter (nutty flavour), and a small firm goat cheese ‘Chabichou’.
Gascony For desert you should try the famous macaroons from St. Jean-de-Luz or delicious chocolates from Bayonne. Regional cuisine to be sampled include ‘Jambon de Bayonne’ (uncooked ham) and ‘foie gras Landais’ (duck or goose pâté).
Gironde & Gascony Sightseeing and Culture
Must see locations and information for tourists visiting Gironde or Gascony:
Gironde - To visit places of interest along the coast, to the south of the Gironde estuary from Royan it is best to take the car ferry service between Royan and the Pointe de Grave.
A harbour guarded by ramparts and three ancient towers.
A bustling port and one of the great historic cities of France. There are numerous impressive memorials to various ages of Bordeaux's power including a Roman amphitheatre and the vast Gothic cathedral of St. André.
The ‘Place de la Comédie’ is one of the most elegant squares in Europe. Next door is the celebrated ‘Vinothèque’ which sells an enormous range of Bordeaux wines.
The elegant old hotels and houses, the rather special but never over-sophisticated atmosphere and the superb setting, make this one of France’s most endearing large resorts.
St. Jean-de-Luz is a lively, atmospheric resort and fishing port, always popular with summer visitors. The beach is one of the safest in the area and boat trips can be taken around the bay.
How to get there to Gironde & Gascony
Take a short morning crossing to Calais with a drive of around 10 to 12 hours. An overnight stop at one of our Loire sites is recommended. Or sail to St Malo leaving a 6 to 8 hour drive.
Campsites in Gironde & Gascony
- Interlude, Ile De Re
- Domaine d'Oléron, Ile d'Oléron
- Bonne Anse Plage, Royan
- Le Ruisseau, Biarritz
- Le Vieux Port, Messanges
- La Rive, Biscarosse
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