Tourism near the campsite Franquettes
This pleasant village from Médoc region is located at 7 km from the beautiful sandy beaches by the Atlantic Ocean. This is a rich area with contrasting scenery, Grayan et l’Hôpital is a tourist seaside resort labelled ’Blue Flag’ offering 19 kilometers of bicycle paths.
This charming village set on the path of Soulac – secondary route of the pilgrimage to Saint- Jacques -de- Compostelle- comes from the union of two parishes during the french revolution allied to form one common Saint -Pierre Grayan and St. Jean l’Hôpital.
Campsite Les Franquettes is located in a beautiful and attractive land better known by the Atlantic coast, its estuary, its forests and lakes, the gastronomy and wines. You will discover the synthesis of all these features in the Médoc peninsula.
Gironde is the largest french department. Here the forests of Landes and the Atlantic offer a prodigious diversity in the landscape. This department is bordered by the Silver Coast, the ideal coast to practice surfing.
Traditional markets in this region
The best way to discover local flavors its visiting the typical markets of Médoc where you can find good local produce.
– Montalivet every morning.
– Médoc of Saint-Vivien: Wednesday morning and sunday night.
– Lesparre: Tuesday and Saturday morning and the first Friday of each month.
– Grayan et l’Hôpital: Friday night.
– Vensac: Thursday night.
Sightseeing nearby the camping
Pleasant seaside resort on the lake of the same name which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in France.
Reachable by road lakes, Montalivet is a charming little village between ocean and forest. Visit the Adventure Park, the ideal place to have fun outdoors in 5 hectares dedicated to tree climbing, quad biking, mini golf, golf donkey … Family Outing by excellence!
Do not forget to visit the mill dating from the late eighteenth century where you can enjoy the production of flour as the old .
See also the “mounaques” life-size rag dolls on display in the village according to themes that change every year.
This is the country of “noisettines.” Confectionery developed from a recipe dating back to 1649, and made up according to tradition. They kept this little side that appeals to gourmets fond of hazelnuts and chocolate.
You can visit the factory and taste these sweets with hazelnut.
Soulac sur Mer located in the Aquitaine is a small friendly resort with 4 small sandy beaches, a typical small town of the Haut-Médoc.
Besides the Basilica of land dating back to the late XII century, you can visit the Notre Dame deconsecrated and is used for cultural events on occasion.
Do not miss either, the Memorial of the Fortress, which offers guided tours on the theme of fortresses erected during the war and fortifications lines.
Another curiosity, a replica of the Statue of Liberty, which had built to adorn a place of Bordeaux but had been toppled by the Germans, war chest, but never arrived in Germany (deeds resistant? Error ’ referral?) everything is as it was in Soulac it was installed facing the ocean and dunes.
To visit also, an art museum and archaeological you plunge in the history of the peninsula prehistory to the present.
Le Verdon et la Pointe de Grave
At the top of the northern tip of the Médoc, it is in this village you can take the ferry to Royan, on the other side of the estuary of the Gironde.
It is from this small port you can embark on a tour of the “King of the flagship” Cordouan which is one of the tallest and oldest lighthouses still in operation.
Near the campsite Les Franquettes, Richard lighthouse in Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac is a curiosity to visit in any season. It houses a museum that chronicles the lives of the Gironde Estuary since the nineteenth century oyster farming and fishing.
His reputation as vineyards and wines is more to do. His best-known names: Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lalande are now part of French heritage oenologist.
About the rest definitely visit a museum in Pauillac, that of wine in the Mouton Rothschild castle art that presents 3 millennia of precious objects related to wine.
Medoc Marathon: Marathon is the longest in the world. It passes through vineyards and prestigious castles of appellations of Médoc and Haut-Médoc: start and finish in Pauillac. It is also as popular as the marathon of Paris or New York (most competitors participate disguised).