Le Bac de Blaye- a ferry that transports visitors and workers across the Gironde- saved me so much time during my visits to the Grand Cru châteaux located on the left bank- Margaux, Pauillac, and St. Estèphe. I was able to avoid the long, traffic congested drive around the city of Bordeaux. I actually used the ferry three times!! It only takes about 15-25 minutes depending on the tides and weather- to make the crossing. One drizzly morning a beautiful rainbow came out halfway across!! Upon returning one afternoon, I stopped to visit La Maison des Vins, which is minutes from the port. This little shop features wines from Les Côtes de Blaye, Les Côtes de Bordeaux, as well as some from Bourg.. They do tastings onsite, so I was able to try a variety of whites and reds. Friendly and informative staff and tasty wines!
The historic Citadelle de Blaye, an old fortified, walled city that stands guard on the Gironde, is a marvel designed by the famous Vauban. Today, you can walked throughout the interior and on the ramparts. There is a small community of merchants, artisans, restaurants, businesses, a hotel, etc… inside. Breathtaking views are everywhere. Put your walking shoes on and go explore! It becomes evident fairly quickly the vision Vauban had for this fortress. This area was strategic during the time of conflict with the English. It was also important during World War II. I was so happy I took the time to wander around. Put this famous, architectural gem on your itinerary next time you visit the Bordeaux area!