A listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saint Emilion and its surrounding region is a destination for lovers of fine red wines, and those that wish to spend their days exploring the many centuries-old towns and villages in the area. This tranquil location is perfect for those seeking a relaxing getaway or a romantic break in the heart of the Gironde department, with some excellent self-catering accommodation options available to serve as your base.
Saint Emilion is a designated World Heritage Site, and the beauty of the town is evident as soon as you step out onto its narrow, cobbled streets. Romanesque churches and ancient ruins can be found in their numbers, and just a short distance from the main centre is a Monolithic Church that is carved from a limestone cliff, from where some excellent and panoramic views can be enjoyed.
The surrounding countryside is heaven for wine lovers, with an abundance of vineyards to be found in which to taste the excellent wines of the Bordeaux region. Red wines are the staple production of this area, with the Saint Emilion region boasting two Premier Grand Cru Class A wines and many more excellent vintages to its name.
Amenities in the commune are basic and traditional. This includes a bakery for fresh bread and croissants, a grocery for everyday food items and the all important village bar – where you can enjoy even more excellent wine, whilst you practice for French with the local residents and mingle with the occasional other tourist.
Libourne (9km) is the principal town in the area, and can be reached in less than fifteen minutes by car. The town has more in the way of amenities, an enjoyable pavement-cafe culture and lists a beautifully-restored Gothic church amongst its most prominent visitor attractions. Libourne is also another important wine-making capital with an impressive number of vineyards – but remember not consume too much if you plan on taking the car!
Warm and sunny weather from May to September means that summers are long and hot in Saint Emilion. Peak temperatures can be found in July and August – often topping out at 30°C. Despite the warm temperatures the odd shower is common throughout the year – but rainfall is unlikely to ruin your holiday in Saint Emilion.
Bordeaux – Merignac Airport (BOD) is the place to head to if you are holidaying in Saint Emilion, with the popular tourist hub being 41km from the centre of the commune. British Airways operate the busiest route to this airport from London Gatwick, but there are many other UK routes to choose from, such as a Bmibaby service from Manchester and a Flybe offering from Birmingham.