Just 55km from the campsite, the Citadel of Blaye is a former military complex.
Fortified between 1685 and 1689 by the famous architect Sébastien Vauban, the Citadel of Blaye, along with Fort Pâté and Fort Médoc, are now listed as Unesco world heritage sites under the heading “Verrou Vauban”.
The Porte Royale and its pediment, intricately carved with the sun emblem of Louis XIV, are waiting to welcome you. Wander through its charming narrow streets with their many craft shops until you finally reach the Place d’Armes and an exceptional panorama over the Gironde estuary and its islands.
Nearby you’ll find the Les Minimes Convent, built under Henri IV as a place of worship for the garrisons, and the Château des Rudel, taking its name from an illustrious Blaye family.
Take the little land train or a horse-drawn carriage to visit the citadel and enjoy a great family outing! Unless of course you prefer a guided tour of the underground passageways to gain a better understanding of the defensive system put in place by Vauban.
Further information: www.tourisme-blaye.com