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The citadel of Blaye


Located in the north of the Gironde and built in the 17th century, the citadel of Blaye overlooks the Gironde estuary and is a fine example of military architecture, some of whose buildings are virtually intact.

Visit the citadel of Blaye during your camping holiday

The citadel of Blaye perfectly lives up to its motto: star & key to Aquitaine

Completed by Vauban, the citadel's function was to defend the port of Bordeaux by blocking the Gironde at the town of Blaye. The citadel's bastioned defensive system, with its 1.5 km of ramparts, its gates and its underground passageways, allows it to resist enemy artillery.

Inside the fortress, you can visit the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du pays Blayais, a medieval castle, several guard towers, the Place d'Armes, the former convent of the Minimes and the observatory from which you have a beautiful view of the river. A real city within a city, the Citadel of Blaye is still partially inhabited and receives 200,000 visitors a year. It promises a pleasant stroll through its narrow streets to meet its craftsmen, restaurateurs and shopkeepers.

Which campsite to stay in?

In order to organise your camping holiday in Gironde and to visit the citadel, we have selected for you some campsites in Blaye and its surroundings.

Practical information:

Citadel open all year round, every day. Free admission. Guided tours possible through the underground passages.

Contact details:

Citadelle of Blaye

33390 Blaye

For further information, please contact

Tourist office of the canton of Blaye

Tel. +33 (0)5 57 42 12 09

Website: bbte.fr/patrimoine/visiter-citadelle-blaye



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