Situated on the outskirts of Bordeaux, near France’s coastline with the Bay of Biscay, Saint-Medard and its surrounding regions are the ideal spot for a French holiday getaway. Between the exquisite wines, cuisine and culture in Bordeaux and the allure of the sandy beaches along the coastline, visitors to the region have a lot to choose from. HomeAway has a great selection of holiday apartments in Saint-Medard and other holidays homes in the surrounding area that feature plenty of charm and plenty of amenities. Sleeping anywhere from 2-14 people, Saint-Medard holiday apartments and homes are all furnished to a high standard. Many come with added bonuses like a swimming pool, and water views.
This lively corner of France is a popular summertime holiday destination due to its close proximity to relaxing beaches as well as all the culture and allure of Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Visitors staying in holiday apartments in Saint-Medard can easily spend a day in the sunshine on the beach, then head into the heart of historic Bordeaux or La Rochelle for an excellent dinner paired with the region’s finest wines.
-Ille de Re is located just off the coast of La Rochelle, and this gorgeous island is full of charm. Connected to the mainland by an impressive bridge, visitors can enjoy cycling around the largely flat island or sampling fresh seafood at one of the island’s many seaside restaurants.
-Chatelaillon Beach is easily the most impressive and popular beach in the region and is characterised by a wide strip of golden sand that is ideal for sunbathing. In the summer months, the water is warm enough for swimming and the beach is also backed by a series of charming cafes and restaurants that are a destination lunchtime and evening.
-The Aquarium La Rochelle is equally entertaining to both children and adults. This aquarium is one of the best in Europe and features hundreds of species of marine life. Highlights include special exhibits dedicated to sharks and jellyfish. There is also a large car park that is quite convenient for those who have booked a hire car to go with their Saint-Medard holiday accommodation.
-The Vieux Port of La Rochelle is flanked by two impressive 14th century towers. Protected by these walls is a bustling neighbourhood filled with boutique shops, cafes and restaurants that boast stunning views of the port. Visitors will enjoy wandering around imagining what it must have been like when the town was under siege, an occurrence it experienced a few times.
-The Musee Maritime is another of the attractions that makes La Rochelle a favourite among visitors who’ve chosen holiday apartments in Saint-Medard. Conveniently located inside an actual ship, this maritime museum brings the region’s maritime culture to live in a series of scenes and exhibits that depict what life was like aboard an old vessel. The museums caters to both children and adults.
Sun seekers will want to head to Saint-Medard between the months of May and September, when high temperatures hover around the lower 20s. Visitors not interested in the beach will find that the weather remains quite pleasant from March all the way through to November. By the time December rolls around, it does begin to get rather chilly and rainy.
La Rochelle Airport, which is accessible from London and several other cities in the UK, is less than an hour’s drive from most holiday homes in Saint-Medard. Two hours south of La Rochelle is Bordeaux-Merignac airport, which also receives flights from London and other major cities throughout Europe. Numerous trains also operate from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours, with smaller regional trains connecting Bordeaux to Saint-Medard.