In the vineyard of Saint-Emilion, put aside your car and take the time to explore, on foot or by bike, the vineyards of Fronsac in Castillon-La-Bataille. Discover by bike the medieval towns classified as UNESCO Heritage of Saint-Emilion and its vineyard, the first in the world bearing the title of 'Cultural Landscape'. Pedal in the picturesque Pomerol and the small name of Lalande de Pomerol, located on the northern tip.
Visit the surroundings of Saint-Emilion
Stroll through Libourne, the main town of the region and follow the confluence of the rivers Dordogne and Isle, to Fronsac and its neighbor, Castillon on the shores of the Dordogne. One of the best ways to admire this beautiful region is on foot, by bike or even on horseback! Several options are available to you.
Saint-Emilion area is as hilly as it is glorious, but don’t be put off !
Libourne tourist office has worked out a set of itineraries to suit everyone. They offer bike hire, maps and suggested stops (for that quintessential degustation) and the bikes come complete with helmets and accessories. Child seats are available on request.
For the energetic, it’s worth noting that Saint-Emilion is a scenic 4 hour bike ride from Bordeaux, and if you do decide to arrive by bike you will be one of the few lucky visitors not scrambling to find that elusive parking space.
Biking in Saint-Emilion's vineyard
The vineyards and country lanes lend themselves to being explored by bike, perhaps with a stop at a local market for provisions for a picnic. Plan out your route and book ahead at a chateau or two for a tour of the cellars and a wine tasting. Many of the chateaux hold events throughout the summer, ask at the tourist office when booking to find out what’s on.
The tourist office also offer guided bike tours, taking in a couple of chateaux (a family run vineyard and a prestigious Grand Cru Classé), followed by a tour of Saint-Emilion itself. The 15 km tour comes complete with a friendly, bilingual guide, wine tasting, and a lunch in one of the chateaux.
Nearby Castillon is famous for the battle which ended the 100 years war. Take a tour of the region by bike, with or without a guide. Here they offer electric bikes which make light work of the hills and dales and stunning local countryside. There are medieval villages to explore, battle sites to visit and of course, wines to taste. For the more adventurous, the Maison des Vins also offers wine tours on horseback, by canoe or by plane…….
For the adept at the mountain bike, Fronsac offers regular tours of the vineyards by bike. Here, the ancient trails through the vineyards take in glorious scenery accessible only to those on foot or by bike. They also offer gastronomic tours. Don’t miss the “rando-tapas” in Château Boutinet.
Horse ridding in Saint-Emilion's vineyard
Or why not meandering through the vines horse ridding? Details available at the tourist office.
Hiking in Saint-Emilion's vineyard
All the regions offer walking tours of varying distancest. There are hills and groves and medieval villages to explore, as well as vineyards as far as the eyes can see. Guided visits can be individually tailored, with chateaux visits and tastings as well as tours of notable sites. Don’t forget stout walking shoes and a hat!
For children, have a look at the walking tour specially designed for youngsters at Saint-Emilion, following Pierre the stone mason into a child’s world in the middle ages, with visits to the underground caverns, a quiz and an insight into medieval life in Saint-Emilion.