Wine n’ Surf in SW France

If the idea of sipping a full bodied glass of deep red in a historic courtyard appeals, put St Emilion on your wish list.  You can also finish off your holiday with a trip to the beach at Cap Ferret for golden sand and surf.

St Emilion 

  • Where we stayed:  We stayed at Chateau Grace Dieu, a stylish and pretty B&B about a 25 min walk away from the centre of St Emillion – you can take the back route through the vineyard.
  • Good Eats: We really recommend Le Bistrot des Vignobles for lunch if the weather is nice – as there’s a nice private garden. We also found the price of the food was really affordable and that the service was great. We also ate dinner at L’envers du Decor -which had an amazing atmosphere with a cute little court yard and was a great place to enjoy a few glasses of wine.

Cap Ferret

  • Where we stayed: We stayed at a place called La Louisiane. The host, Guy, was very hospitable and it had a nice garden & pool – however we didn’t particularly like the village it was in, Ares.
  • Good eats: Ares’s port has lots of cute little restaurants – worth checking out.
  • Surfing: Cap Ferret itself has a really chilled out surfer vibe – and if you fancy learning to surf it’s a great place to give it a go. The waves weren’t too strong so it was perfect for beginners. There are various surf schools – best to give it a google and give them a ring to see who has availability for when you want to go.
  • Dune du Pilat: This is one of the tallest sand dunes in Europe and has a spectacular view (see pics below) though very touristy!


St Emilion

img_0040-1img_0041img_0044Dune du PilatDune de PilarDune de Pilar

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