Free of charge

Citadelle de Blaye, patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO

Historic site and monument


The fortress of Blaye was built by Vauban in the 17th century. King of France Louis XIV wanted to protect the city of Bordeaux from a possible English attack. Therefore, Vauban decided to improve the medieval fortifications and, in order to completely close the estuary, he also built Fort Pâté on an island facing the Citadel of Blaye and Fort Médoc on the opposite bank. These three forts and the Vauban’s system of defence are listed as World Heritage by the UNESCO.

Services & equipments, comfort

  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Specific themed events
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Pets welcome

Key information

Open days

  • From 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
  • Open year round.
  • Access

    • Road (national / local) : N137 at 7 km
    • Road (national / local) : D937
  • Languages

    • Anglais
    • Espagnol
    • Allemand
  • Labels & brands

    • Vignobles et découvertes


  • Tour languages : French, German, English, Spanish

Individual visit conditions :

  • Unaccompanied tours
  • Guided tours

Tour information :
Guided tours of the Citadel and its undergrounds passages by appointment. A liflet dedicated to the history is for sale at the tourist office.


Free of charge

Complementary information

Free of charge

Contact details

33390 BLAYE

Send an email
+33 5 57 42 12 09


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