The Region

Discover the Gironde and visit its many vineyards (where you can taste and buy wine), castels, medieval towns, historic monuments, museums and beautiful gardens. A region of music and dance festivals, markets and brocantes.

An area for people who love peace with plenty of possibilities around for plaing golf, riding the bike, going horseriding or walking, fishing, canoeing and swimming.
Les Messauts lies directly at the border of the "canal latéral", a canal with many bridges and locks that runs from the Mediterranean sea ( canal du Midi ) to the suburbs of Bordeaux (canal latéral).     

At 4 km distance there is a harbour in the small town called Fontet where you can hire a boat or a canoe, swim and practice archery in summer. The village has a Match Museum and a 15th century Church, interesting to visit.

At 4 km you also find the town of La Réole, a 1000 year old town on the right bank of the river Garonne. There is a signed walking-route to visit the city, and you can take a boat-excursion on the river. Each Saturday there is a market on the quay where you can buy all the regional products and watch the french way of life from a sunny riverside café bar.     

There are several possibilities of activities for children in the area:

- canoeing on the rivers le Dropt, le Ciron, la Garonne and the Canal Latéral à la Garonne
- horse-riding for beginners and progressed
- several lakes to swim
- karting
- several attraction parks, zoos, aquaparks within 45 minutes of distance.

Domaine Les Messauts lies at 80 minutes distance of Arcachon on the Atlantic Ocean.
A nice distance to make a day trip to the coast.
Worth to visit from there:

- Dune de Pila
- Mimizan
- Biscarosse
- Etang de Biscarosse

On the way back you should not miss an excursion to the splendid forests of Les Landes and a visit to the "Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne"; with its fantastic Eco-museum.

Domaine "Les Messauts" is ideally situated for visit to many places in the region, especially during the lower season when the temperatures are cooler. For example: in spring, watch the work that is in process in the vineyards and in autumn watch the harvest under way or go and collect mushrooms and what do you think about the idea of staying in France for Christmas.........?

Blaignac is surrounded by some famous wine regions:

In the Bordeaux-area:

* Les Graves and theSauternais ( 25 km )
* Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Côtes de Castillon ( 45 km )
* Entre deux mers, Première côtes de Bordeaux ( 10 km )

In the Lot et Garonne:

* Côtes du Marmandais ( 30 km )
* Côtes de Duras ( 25 km )

In the Dordogne:

* Bergerac ( 55 km )
* Monbazillac ( 50 km )
* Montravel ( 45 km)

Also for those who love fishing the Gironde has a lot to offer:

Beside the canal just in front of "Domaine Les Messauts", the river the Garonne at 3 km of distance, there are several other rivers and lakes in the area where
you can go fishing.

Some types of fish you can catch here: carp, pike, pike perch, perch, barbel, gardon, tench, eel and cat fish.

Some ancient towns in the area, worth to visit:

* Monségur ( 10 km )
* Langon ( 17 km )
* Sauveterre de Guyenne ( 20 km )
* Marmande ( 20 km )
* Bazas ( 20 km )
* Duras ( 25 km )
* St. Emilion ( 35 km )
* Bergerac ( 65 km )
* Bordeaux ( 70 km )

In the Gironde there are more than 600 km of cycling paths where you can explore the famous vineyards, beautiful landscapes, protected of natural beauty, lakes and rivers,

Also worth the effort are the numerous walking routes, amongst which the Compostella Pilgrims Route which passes close to Les Messauts, and several other lovely pathways.