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The Gironde Estuary by bike from Blaye to Bordeaux

[ Cycle routes Canal des deux mers à vélo ] [ The Gironde Estuary by bike ]
  • 50 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

From Blaye, cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Lamarque, in the midst of the Médoc, a peninsula packed with some of the greatest wine territories (or appellations) in the world. A provisional route takes you along quiet roads through the Médoc’s vines, fields and heaths to the edge of the city of Bordeaux, at Blanquefort. From here, a cycle track leads you gently to the heart of the great wine town. Bordeaux is a splendid, dynamic city, its exceptional architectural heritage listed as a World Heritage Site. Amidst its grand quarters, sample its many lively, trendy cultural and gastronomic offerings.

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The route
Provisional route.
From Lamarque, head for Arcins, following a quiet road crossing through vineyards, passing via the Château de Malescas.
At Arcins, take care crossing the D 2 road to reach Moulis-en-Médoc, followed by Avensan. Be especially careful cycling along the D 208 road from Avensan to Arsac. Continue to Le Pian-Médoc, and on to the north side of Blanquefort, where you join a cycle track at the round-about by the Lycée Agro-Viticole. This cycle track leads into the heart of Bordeaux, via the quays alongside the Garonne River.

SNCF Train Services

Moulis-Listrac train station (3km from Lamarque):
On the TER regional line Bordeaux > Pointe de Grave (11 trains daily)

Bordeaux St-Jean train station:
Regional TER and Intercités services > Agen/Montauban/Toulouse/Carcassonne/Béziers/ Sète/ Montpellier/Marseille (numerous trains daily); Royan via Saintes (6 to 10 trains daily)
Other destinations served by train from Bordeaux include: Le Verdon (Pointe de Grave); Angoulême/Poitiers/ Tours/Paris;  Niort/La Rochelle/ Nantes; Arcachon/Mont-de-Marsan/Dax/Bayonne/Biarritz/ Hendaye/ St-Sébastien

Tourist Offices

Blaye tourist office

Lamarque tourist office

Bordeaux tourist office

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    Bordeaux, wine capital of the world

    Bordeaux wine capital of the worldWorld wine capital, the city of Bordeaux looks resplendent in its 18th-century grandeur. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2007. Among highlights, see the Grand Théâtre, Place de la Bourse and its ‘water mirrors’, and the picturesque quarters of Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul and Saint-Michel. As to the Musée d’Art Contemporain, it occupies a former colonial warehouse in the Quartier des Chartrons, famed for its wine houses. The grand quays beside the Garonne River offer a splendid 3km cycling trip through town.

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