Hôtel Rollan De By*** - 3 Route du Haut Condissas - 33340 BEGADAN

The Estuary of Gironde and the white sandy beaches

Soak up the atmosphere around the estuary and fishing activities, observe the variety of landscapes and wildlife in the heart of the swamp, enjoy the long sandy beaches … The Gironde and its banks have an important cultural heritage. The landscapes are varied and traditions still exist thanks to the flounder fishery.

The picturesque small ports

With a long maritime tradition, the river is lined with picturesque small ports that reveal a breathtaking panorama between Pauillac and Le Verdon-sur-Mer.
Near the hotel you will discover the charm of a small port of PORT DE BY. It is no longer used for fishing and oyster farming, but in St. Christoly (6 km) you can still observe the activities of fishermen (migratory fish, eels, shad, lampreys …) and all seasonal birds, rainy, thrushes, doves … a good option is to embark on a tour led by a “local boy” aboard a small 12-seat boat.
Following the Estuary towards Le Verdon, you can watch magnificent rows of little wooden huts on stilts that are still used for fishing. It is even possible to rent one and enjoy the pleasures of fishing.

The islands of the estuary

The largest estuary in Western Europe is experiencing a tidal extent of 70 km and the water shapes the landscape. Upstream of Pauillac, you can discover these strips of land : l’île Verte, l’île Nouvelle, l’île Margaux, l’île de Patiras…

The Cordouan Lighthouse

At the tip of the Médoc, the Cordouan Lighthouse is the oldest French lighthouses still in operation. Its grand architecture, the result of a long and turbulent history, has led to have it considered as “the Versailles of the sea”, a unique lighthouse whose visit cannot but arouse wonder.

The beaches of the Atlantic

From the hotel, you can easily drive to several seaside villages : Le Verdon, Vendays-Montalivet, Carcans Maubuisson, Hourtin, Lacanau. Depending on the season and your mood, you can learn how to surf or stroll on foot or bike on trails and bike paths connecting Arcachon and Le Verdon-sur-Mer.

The Swamp

Between ocean and estuary, on the lowlands of the Pointe de Grave, a walk in the heart of the marsh will make you discover several centuries of history. 800-years old, these havens are home to endangered plant and animal species … Classified as “Sensitive Natural Area”, the marshes of Pointe du Médoc are among the only remnants of the first salt marshes of Gironde.

The picturesque small ports

With a long maritime tradition, the river is lined with picturesque small ports that reveal a breathtaking panorama between Pauillac and Le Verdon-sur-Mer.
Near the hotel you will discover the charm of a small port of PORT DE BY. It is no longer used for fishing and oyster farming, but in St. Christoly (6 km) you can still observe the activities of fishermen (migratory fish, eels, shad, lampreys …) and all seasonal birds, rainy, thrushes, doves … a good option is to embark on a tour led by a “local boy” aboard a small 12-seat boat.
Following the Estuary towards Le Verdon, you can watch magnificent rows of little wooden huts on stilts that are still used for fishing. It is even possible to rent one and enjoy the pleasures of fishing.

 

The islands of the estuary

The largest estuary in Western Europe is experiencing a tidal extent of 70 km and the water shapes the landscape. Upstream of Pauillac, you can discover these strips of land : l’île Verte, l’île Nouvelle, l’île Margaux, l’île de Patiras…

The Cordouan Lighthouse

At the tip of the Médoc, the Cordouan Lighthouse is the oldest French lighthouses still in operation. Its grand architecture, the result of a long and turbulent history, has led to have it considered as “the Versailles of the sea”, a unique lighthouse whose visit cannot but arouse wonder.

The beaches of the Atlantic

From the hotel, you can easily drive to several seaside villages : Le Verdon, Vendays-Montalivet, Carcans Maubuisson, Hourtin, Lacanau. Depending on the season and your mood, you can learn how to surf or stroll on foot or bike on trails and bike paths connecting Arcachon and Le Verdon-sur-Mer.

The Swamp

Between ocean and estuary, on the lowlands of the Pointe de Grave, a walk in the heart of the marsh will make you discover several centuries of history. 800-years old, these havens are home to endangered plant and animal species … Classified as “Sensitive Natural Area”, the marshes of Pointe du Médoc are among the only remnants of the first salt marshes of Gironde.