Bordeaux and its region
Both Bordeaux and it’s region are treasures of history and culture. Castles, citadels, fortresses, but also rivers, endless forests and immense beaches, they all invite you to discover them. World famous for its wines, this region produces the best French wines. The Bassin d’Arcachon, where oysters and other seafood represent another part of the regional culture, is at an hour driving distance from Bordeaux. In the many villages around this city a tradition of markets still exists. It’s also a region full of nature inviting you to outdoor sports like biking, boating, hiking, surfing… Just one visit is not enough.
Bordeaux is classified Unesco world heritage and, recently, became one of the favourite cities of the French people for its quality of life. Theatres, museums, la Cité du Vin, restaurants, terraces, as much as its history, make this city so attractive. A nice mixture of ancient architecture and modern constructions, where traditional culture is in perfect harmony with the most recent discoveries.
The Bordeaux region represents the largest Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée vineyards of France. Saint-Emilion, among the most renowned wines in the world, is at a fifteen minutes drive from Domaine la Martinette! The same holds for the vineyards of Pomerol and Fronsac. Do not hesitate to enter the gates of the wine castles. The owners like to meet you and let you discover and taste their prestigious products.
The nearby and “must see” Saint-Emilion, known for its grands crus wines, will also surprise you with its history: travel to the heart of the catacombs, admire the monasteries and the amazing monolithic Church (XIIth century), navigate through the steep alleys of this medieval town! A UNESCO heritage…. At 30 km from Domaine la Martinette, you will discover the smallest municipality of France, Castelmoron-d’Albret, a small medieval village perched on the top of a rock: a must for lovers of old stone buildings.
Monségur bathed by the Dropt, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande on the banks of the Dordogne, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, Pellegrue, Blasimon, Cadillac, Créon and Libourne are the 8 bastides of the Gironde. These places are full of history and dynamic on the cultural level. You will find arts, music festivals, shops and markets. All built east of Bordeaux in the 13th and 14th century, they are characterised by a central arcaded square.
In Entre-deux-Mers (in French “Between-two-Seas”), also the colourful markets significantly contribute to the charm of the Southwest. At less than 5 minutes from Domaine La Martinette you will find the small market in Branne where you can buy quality local products. The bigger markets are in Créon and Libourne both 15 minutes from La Martinette. The market of Créon is in the heart of the bastide since 1315. The Libourne market is one of the most popular of the region! And, finally, the market in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande is the 5th biggest market in France.
The Atlantic coast
You can enjoy the sea air of the Atlantic ocean and the great beaches of the coast in all seasons, at a good hour driving distance. The wild sea, a surfers paradise, alongside the more quiet Bassin d`Arcachon – a unique bay – are excellent places to refresh your mind both in summer and winter. The Dune de Pilat (the highest and longest dune in Europe), pine forests, oyster villages (like Le Canon), Cap Ferret, Arcachon,… there is a lot to discover.…with lots of pleasure.
Cycling & mountain biking
Not far from Domaine La Martinette, there are several places where you can take the 54 kms long cycling track (piste Roger Lapébie), connecting Bordeaux with Sauveterre-de-Guyenne in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers. The Gironde department has in total 430 kms of biking lanes! But if you prefer to leave the official biking tracks and explore the wilder landscapes, vineyards, and small trails, away from other people, just get your mountain bike and start to explore.
The advantage of a region full of nature is the possibility of walking or hiking almost everywhere. Lets forget the engines: by bike, horse and by foot you will really explore the heart of the countryside. In the area of the Libournais, the Médoc, the Bassin d’Arcachon or around Saint-Emilion, there are over a hundred trails. Trails with views of the sea or trails in the forest, along the canals or on the wine slopes, diversity is the image of the beautiful Aquitaine.