Road trip in a rental van to discover the Gironde

Superb region, the Gironde is full of places and cities to visit. For your road trip, choose to travel in a converted van. You will enjoy great freedom, without forgetting comfort. At AVIS explore, we have several agencies all over France, including one in Bordeaux, perfectly placed for your van rental in Gironde to start your trip.

Day 1: Bordeaux

Start your road trip in Gironde in a van rental by discovering the city of Bordeaux. You can go to the Water Mirror near the port, but also go shopping on rue Sainte Catherine. For a little exotic touch, go to the Darwin area where there are cafes and small shops, not to mention the huge graffiti to admire. For the night, you can go to the Stade Jules Ladoumègue parking lot.

Day 2: The Pilat dune

A must-stop during your stay, the Dune du Pilat will leave you speechless. It is 106.6 meters high and 3 kilometers long, enough to make beautiful walks. The Dune du Pilat can be visited all year round and offers very beautiful landscapes. Access is free, but parking is chargeable. Count 6 euros per vehicle for 4 hours on site.

Day 3: Arcachon

Then head to Arcachon for the 3rd day of your rental van tour in Gironde. Stroll through the streets of the city and explore the districts named after the 4 seasons. Of course, you will make an obligatory stop at the Sainte-Cécile observatory to admire the Arcachon basin. There are many fish and seafood restaurants there. To sleep, head to the Hutopia campsite, between forest and ocean.

Day 4: Cap Ferret

Right next to it, you can visit Cap Ferret, one of the region's must-see towns. You will enjoy a direct view of the Dune du Pilat and can also go as far as the lighthouse. Its red color will allow you to spot it easily. Go through the village of l'Herbe which offers a panoramic view of the sea. As you stroll, you will discover small hidden fisherman's huts.

Day 5: Blaye

Now continue towards Blaye and visit its superb citadel. It is listed as a UNESCO heritage site. The city is also home to large vineyards that can be discovered. The city is also very pleasant for a short stroll and a feast in the various restaurants. You can spend the night at the Blaye motorhome area.

Day 6: Chateau Margaux

Grand cru recognized throughout the world, Château Margaux is produced in the region and the château can be visited. It was even classified as a historical monument in 1965. You will learn everything there is to know about this exceptional wine. Remember to book a little in advance, the largest castles are very popular and places go quickly.

Day 7: Saint-Emilion

Before returning to Bordeaux, pass through the town of Saint-Émilion. Located in height, it allows you to enjoy a very beautiful panorama. You can discover its rich history and visit its monuments. Many restaurants offering specialties from the region will welcome you at mealtimes.

Once your 7-day road trip is over, you can return to Bordeaux to return your van rental in Gironde, full of memories…


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