Gîtes - La-Font-Bétou
Laure TARROU & Gordon FLUDE,
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Swimming & sport
Aire de Beauvallon, 10 minutes from the gîte there is a small lake with sandy beach, safe for swimming, with small boats, pedalos and small houses for children. This is provided by the overlooking BBQ and bar, covered and in the open air. Open from the 1st of May to 31st of August.
Chateau du Taillan, riding stables 3km away, for adults and children.
Beaches north of Bordeaux are sheltered from the force of the open sea and more suitable for children.
Royan, St Georges de Didonne, La Palmyre and other resorts are about one hour’s drive depending on traffic.
South of Bordeaux: the coast at Lacanau and Cap Ferret is exposed to the open sea (1h1/2 - 2h depending on the traffic in and around Bordeaux). There is excellent surf but take great care because the under tow is extremely dangerous. Bathe where there are lifeguards for extra safety. On the other hand at Cap Ferret the beach is very long, less dangerous and partly watched.
Cognac, with the old town centre and the castle of Cognac where Otard still blend and store their cognac facilities.
Blaye, an old fortress built to defend the entrance to the estuary of the Gironde against the English and other invaders. It still has the old village within its ramparts.
Limoges is 2 hours away.
A little further along the Gironde there is Talmont, a Roman chapel also on the pilgrims route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
Dune of Pyla is the largest in Europe, worth seeing but very commercialised.