A ‘Holy’ lot of history!
Born in Villandraut in 1264, Bertrand de Got was elected Pope under the name of Clement V in 1305. We owe the construction of “Clementine” fortified castles in this area to him. These are true archetypes of the medieval fort with their towers, arrow slits, dungeons and drawbridges: Villandraut, Roquetaillade (restored by Viollet-le-duc), Fargues, Hamel and Budos.
Stream through Sauternes - On the Ciron
From July to September, take a trip on the peaceful Ciron in a two-person canoe (45 mins), then draw up alongside Château de Carbonnieu for a wine tasting in the presence of the winemaker. Departs at 10.30am and 4pm from the nautical base in Bommes. 14€ adult, 8€ child. www.tourisme-sud-gironde.com
The 100% Gascon lunchbreak
Try la Cuillère à Pot (Origne) if you want to taste local delicacies (foie gras, duck breast, Bazas beef…) in a former workers’ ‘cercle’ (association), typical of its kind. www.la-cuillere-a-pot.com There is also Sauternes Truck, in front of la Maison du Sauternes (in summer). www.maisondusauternes.com