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The Citadel

The Vineyard of Côtes de Blaye

To see, north to south

The "Marais Poitevin"

La Rochelle

Island of Ré

Island of Aix



Madame Island

Island of Oléron




La Tremblade


La Palmyre









To do


Boat trips





The market


Drives through the vineyards

Drives through the marshes

Drives through the forest


To know

The Romanesque Art


The Citadel of Brouage

The Citadel of Blaye

The lighthouses

The forest of La Coubre

The marshes

The "Marais Poitevin"

The carrelets

The ostreiculture

Vine and wines

To taste






Sea food

"Terroir" products

The restaurants



Blaye, Citadel or Côtes de Blaye Vineyard ?

Whoever you are, whether you are interested in the history of Blaye, or appreciative of beautiful landscapes or good wines, you will enjoy the visit to Blaye.

Blaye, for some people this name evokes the citadel which overlooks the Gironde, for others it brings to mind " Premieres Côtes de Blaye ", wines of Bordeaux from the right bank of the estuary.

Easy access

Blaye is 80 km, south of Royan, either by the scenic road which goes along the estuary, D25, D145, D255, by Meschers, Saint-Fort, Saint-Bonnet, Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde or by a faster route, D730, A10 then exit number 38 towards Blaye.

On arriving at Blaye, the simplest way is to follow the signs for the "Citadel" and you will arrive on the long esplanade (cours de La Republique, cours de Lattre de Tassigny, cours Vauban, place de la Citadelle, cours du Port), which separates the town from the citadel. Car parks are available there.

An historical town

History tells us that Blaye already had an economic and an important strategic position in the gallo-Roman time but it was during the reign of Louis XIV, with the construction of the citadel by Vauban, that it became what it is today.

The harbour on the estuary of Gironde

Blaye is also a commercial harbour. The port is situated to the south of the town. The jetty leads to the ferry which crosses the estuary to the Médoc region at Lamarque.

The wines of the Côtes de Blaye vineyard

Please, don't leave Blaye without a visit to the Maison du Vin, and to its shop situated on cours Vauban in front of the citadel.
Maison du Vin des Premières Côtes de Blaye
11, cours Vauban, BP 122
33390 Blaye, phone 33 (0)5 57 42 91 19

More than 200 Châteaux are represented. Each bottle can be bought individually for the same price that it can be purchased from the proprietors.

The asparagus "Reine blanche du Blayais"

Besides the vineyard, the soil of the region is renowned for the production of asparagus.

The asparagus "Reine blanche du Blayais" delights us from March until June. When the first asparagus of Blayais appears in the markets of the region, it's really the forerunner of spring.


Also in front of the citadel, on the cours du Port, there is a small, very nice restaurant, with a wide range of menus which include the specialities of the estuary.

Restaurant " Le Petit Port "
2, cours du Port
Phone 33 (0)5 57 42 99 95

Additional information:
Office of Tourism
The Maison du Vin
The Wine shop

visit of the citadel

The ferry Blaye-Lamarque


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