Where to stay
Le St James 3 Place Camille Hostein 33270 Bouliac Tel: 00 33 (0)5 57 97 06 00 saintjames-bouliac.com
Alba Gite 5 La Gravette 33210 Castets-en-Dorthe Tel : 00 33 (0)5 40 41 31 00 albagite.com
Where to eat
La Côte Braisée 3 Rue du Tertre de la Tente 33330 St-Émilion Tel: 00 33 (0)5 57 24 79 65 lacotebraisee.com
Gironde has a maritime climate, meaning it’s prone to rainfall, especially in the spring. Winters are fairly mild, while in summer temperatures can soar above 30 degrees at times, often breaking with a cooling storm.
By plane: Numerous airlines fly to Bordeaux’s Mérignac airport from the UK including easyJet, Flybe and Air France. Ryanair to Bergerac, in neighbouring Dordogne, is another popular entry route.
By train: Eurostar and TGV via Paris. In mid-2017, a new train line between Paris and Bordeaux will cut the journey time from over three hours to just two.