The Gironde by boat

On the Garonne, Le Ciron and the Canal de Garonne

Garonne

The Garonne has its source in Spain and meanders over 600 km before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Do you think its brown color is a little moody? Yet it is the reflection of an extraordinary journey! Indeed, it draws its color from the particles torn from the rock of the Pyrenees which travel all this distance to come and enrich the lands downstream.

Over the centuries, the Garonne has brought prosperity, both to agriculture and to trade.
It also caused fear with its sometimes terrible floods and its often impetuous current. Over time, we even turned away from her a little, forgetting the joyful moments of the guinguettes at the edge of the water where we came on Sundays.
But little by little, we learn to rediscover the Garonne. Bordeaux is once again celebrating it and offering grandiose walks on each of its developed banks. The boats are back for a themed cruise or even a stay linked to the vineyards.
Like Cadillac and Langon, the quays are coming back to life and people enjoy going on a cruise to admire the hillsides from a new angle. We walk more and more, walk ou by bike along the river but also along the Canal de Garonne built in the XNUMXth century. The Ciron, one of its tributaries, hides an unsuspected biodiversity and gives birth to a treasure, the Sauternes.

This intimate relationship between water and wine offers many possibilities for discovery, the Cité du Vin in the city of Art and History of La Réole, from tasting cruises on the river to visits to historic castles.

Ciron

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