Surely you have heard about Saint-Emilion’s good wines. For the lucky ones who ever tasted the product, I bet you agree to say that Saint-Emilion is the wine place to be!
But it is not just about the wine. It is also a Unesco world heritage site as it is situated on the Santiago de Compostela route and it boasts of numerous well preserved middle age monuments.
It is a real pleasure to spend a day there, get lost in the cobbled streets and you will see an old wash house here and a little fountain there… Go higher up and you will find the bell square (Place du Clocher) from where you will have a stunning view of the old town and its famous vineyards. Just behind you can visit the cloister with its church both flooded by a soothing and calm atmosphere.
A place not to be missed is Le Cloitre des Cordeliers. There are different reasons for that. First reason is that you will not drink red wine there – you would have had some earlier in the numerous in-town cellars – but you will taste a refined sparkling wine with a selection of sweet or savoury food to pick. Second reason is that you will travel back in time sitting down in the old cloister or you will relax in the big green garden. They also organise visits of the cellars and the underground galleries, you can book online on http://www.guichetnet.fr/saint-emilion-tourisme/index.html
Early afternoon, the Tourist Office organises a guided tour of Saint-Emilion’s undergrounds and most particularly the catacombs. This unusual and exciting tour will explain you a lot about the town in the middle ages and about the secrets on how they built such amazing monuments.
Getting hungry? No problem, Saint-Emilion counts on a lot of nice restaurants at different prices. If you fancy trying some local food, “L’Envers du Décor” is the ideal one to do so. The décor is very wine focused and the menu changes along with the seasons and with the Chef desires. Close to the Tourist Office, they have a 32 euros menu during lunch time and an “à la carte” one for dinner and during weekends (about 50 euros for a first, a main dish and desert excluding wine).
There is plenty more to say about Saint-Emilion so come and see us to learn more about it!