This historic defensive structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site
Offering easy access to Bordeaux, the Gironde Estuary has always been a coveted strategic location, and a vital defensive stronghold for the town. The seventeenth century royal engineer Vauban was tasked with the design and construction of this breath-taking defensive triptych, an unique edifice in France.
Unsurprisingly, the structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is made up of three defensive fortresses, designed to close the navigation channels to potential invaders: the Citadelle de Blaye, the Fort Pâté, and our Fort Médoc constitute the estuary's famous "Bolt". Since the site was constructed, the Gironde has been largely impenetrable.
In Cussac-Fort-Médoc, on the left bank, visitors discover the Porte Royale guard house, the ideal starting point to discover the site's enthralling history as part of a guided tour.