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Walks or idleness

With some strides of the lodging, you will discover the tamed landscapes of the vines and those, still wild, of the marshes and mattes close to the estuary, so characteristic of North Medoc.
Walk along one of the many "passes" carrying out to the River (as The Médocains call it),
try to see the wild animals in wood surrounding and discover the richness of the flora randomly paths. Pass from the ballade to the more sporting excursion by discovering the marked out paths.To move annoys you, then simply get your strenght back within a leafy setting and take advantage of peace and quiet of the contryside.

Sports activities

bicycle touring
Associations propose discoveries of the Medoc by bike : Aquitaine Velo Médoc, association "vingt pour vin", Veloc Medoc, Evazio or the House of tourism and the Wine of Pauillac. If you prefer to organize yourself your bicycle tours, you can choose among the 125 km ocean cycle tracks , the transverse track Ocean-Estuary (whose last portion will soon arrive at the Port of Goulée) and the marked out circuits VTT of Saint Seurin de Cadourne, Soulac...
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On the Atlantic littoral, the departmental circuit of the Médocain lakes crosses natural sites and goes from Le Porge to Vensac while skirting the lakes of Lacanau and Hourtin.
Several footpaths are proposed in Le Porge, in Lacanau, Maubuisson, Carcans, Hourtin, Naujac, Vendays-Montalivet and Vensac.
The littoral way or Soulac way is another circuit which goes from Le Verdon to Belin Beliet in the South-Gironde and proposes the discovery of the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle sites.
Next to the gîte, a marked out route registered in the departmental Plan of Excursions crosses 16 villages like Bégadan, Couquêques, St-Christoly, bordering Valeyrac.
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leisrue parks
"Bombannes Parcours aventure" at Carcans Maubuisson, "la forêt de l'aventure" at Montalivet or Soulac Spider Parc propose play activities, rich in feelings in full forest, with courses adapted to the children and the adults.

nautical leisures
Canoe, veil, board with veil, surfing can be practised freely or in many clubs.
River tourism is in full rise and organizations such as La Vedette La Bohême, Croisière des îles de Gironde ou Bordeaux et Gironde Croisières offer many possibilities of discovery.
Valeyrac has its own port, the port de Goulée, with hold of setting to water.
The marina of Pauillac, from a capacity of 150 places whose 20 visitors, can receive boats from 4 to 12 meters.
At Le Verdon, the new marina Port Medoc, offers 800 places.

equestrian leisures
Some 13 equestrian tourist centres in Medoc propose circuits of discoveries, training courses or visits in attachment .
Closest are "le Haras de la Mellerie" in Jau, the equestrian tourist centre of Saint-Vivien de Medoc, "le ranch du Regueyrat" in Vendays-Montalivet and the horse center of Soulac-sur-Mer

air leisures
There are 3 aerodromes in The Médoc : Vendays Montalivet, Lesparre - the St. Lawrence Médoc and Soulac- sur-Mer.
The two first are managed by aero clubs and have natural tracks from 800 to 900 broad.
That of Soulac is managed by the town. It has a bituminous mix track equipped with a taxi way. It accomodates an aero club (Cordouan Air Club), an important parachuting center and the helicopter of piloting of the Gironde. In summer, It is open every day to the public air traffic.

Golf lovers can practise on the greens of Lacanau, Le Pian Médoc and, since January 2006, Margaux.

Touristic visits and animations
The departmental Committee of Tourism of the Gironde proposes organized circuits of visit: "the famous Médocains castles" or the road of the castles "Landscape and inheritance of the Point of the Medoc", "Ocean, large lakes and forests"
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Pass' Estuaire offers reductions on 38 sites distributed out of two banks of the estuary of the Gironde between the Cordouan Lighthouse and Bordeaux
>More information : mixed trade union for the durable development of the estuary of the Gironde, Tel. 33 (0)5 57 42 28 76, fax 33 (0)5 57 42 75 10

Cultural events
Some annual appointments :
- in April : "le Printemps des Châteaux du Médoc", open days in the castles the 1st or the second weekend of April with quiz "Visa pour le Médoc"
- in May : the Festival of the Pauillac lamb. The occasion for the brotherhood of the shepherds of Pauillac to pay homage to the Pauillac lamb.
- in July : the international Festival of jazz of Cussac Fort Medoc
- in August : the wines fair of Lesparre and sea festivals in Le Verdon...
- in July and Augus t: Jazz and Wines in Pauillac
- from September to March : "Musique au coeur du Médoc", concerts and recitals of classical music in wine castles and Romance churches of the Médoc

Sporting events
- in May : Médocaine VTT
- in August : Lacanau Surfing Pro
- at the beginning of September : the marathon of the Medoc castles
- in November: the national rally of the Medoc

You will find in the gîte all documentation necessary to discover the area and to organize your activities of leisures.

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