For a cultural, gourmet holiday, the medieval town of Saint Emilion has something for everyone at the heart of the Libournais area. Discover remarkable architecture among vineyards with beautiful open views across the Dordogne Valley.
The unique wine-growing region was the first to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site !
History lovers have plenty to see here : the historic centre is full of medieval buildings, reflecting the image of a town which has traversed many centuries. First of all climb the 53m tower of the monolithic church and admire the breathtaking view from the top ! Then go down into the depths of the underground church, hollowed out of the rock, to discover the largest monolithic church in Europe. Adjoining the building are catacombs with many sarcophagi including a tombstone confirming the presence of relics of Aemilianus, who founded the village in the 8th century. The Hermitage of Aemilianus is another absolute must to visit. Finish your tour by going up the Tour du Roy, a 13th century keep where the ‘Jurats’ (municipal magistrates) used to announce the start of the grape harvest in September.
Stroll through the labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets in this delightful old village, stopping here and there in art and craft shops. And don’t forget to stop to taste the most famous vintage wines of the region, split into 4 designated areas : Saint Emilion, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac Saint Emilion, Puisseguin Saint Emilion. To perfect your knowledge of wine and tasting techniques, make a date at the Ecole du Vin de la Maison des Vins de Saint Emilion ! After a day full of emotion and amazement, finish on a sweet note by tasting the local speciality – ‘Macarons de Saint Emilion’ !
Visit the Saint Emilion wine-growing area
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Logis de Villemaurine
in SAINT-EMILION - Gironde
Le Clos Bernon
in LIBOURNE - Gironde
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Gîte de la Vallombrée
in TABANAC - Gironde
in BEYCHAC ET CAILLAU - Gironde
Gîte de l'Isle
in SAINT DENIS DE PILE - Gironde