A Na­ture Break on l’île Nou­velle

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For three cen­turies, l’île Nou­velle (‘the new is­land’) was dyked and cul­ti­vated, ini­tially for vine growth and later for maize pro­duc­tion. In the 1920s there were as many as 150 in­hab­i­tants; nu­mer­ous build­ings (a school, a ware­house, etc.) bear wit­ness to those times. The re­gional au­thor­i­ties have since turned the ‘is­land’ into a 270-hectare na­ture re­serve which con­tains a bird sanc­tu­ary (herons, crests, spoon­bills, swans, etc.). 15 min­utes boat cross­ing from Blaye. www.tourisme-blaye.com

In Blaye

Take part in the Terra Aven­tura ad­ven­tures! Down­load the free app and head out onto the trails that take you to the vil­lage of Plas­sac, along the es­tu­ary and into the vine-cov­ered hills, stop­ping at the Gallo-ro­man villa. Your aim is to search for clues and com­plete each step, us­ing your GPS, which ul­ti­mately leads you to the ad­ven­ture’s con­clu­sion.

In Bourg

Solve puz­zles as a fam­ily Dis­cover the rich his­tory of the Côtes de Bourg, thanks to the trea­sure hunt ap­pli­ca­tion «Terra Aven­tura». Tak­ing you through the lit­tle streets of the an­cient vil­lage of Bourg, this app (free, down­load on­line) presents every­one with a fun trip while teach­ing us all about the wines from this ap­pel­la­tion. www.tourisme-cotes-de-bourg.fr www .terra-aven­tura.fr

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