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The cultural heritage of the Garonne Canal.
Glide along the Val de Garonne for an itinerary full of sensations! Discover one of the most amazing man made creations; bordered by monuments and cities of art and history, the Canal de la Garonne is a true marvel of human genius.
Between Gascony and Guyenne, from Bordeaux to Montauban, come and sample the cultural, gastronomic and natural delights of this generous region.
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Bordeaux. Set off early to enjoy the charms of the capital of wine. Depending on your desires – and the weather – stroll through the botanical garden, the city centre and the artistic Chartrons district or visit the extraordinary Cité du vin, the Gothic Saint-André Cathedral or the Fine Arts and Aquitaine museums. Next, take the road to the Maison de la Poterie in Sadirac, which offers wonderful examples of local crafts. Be seduced by the Romanesque art of Sainte-Eulalie in Lignan de Bordeaux, a small architectural gem, and at the Grand-Sauve Abbey, a 13th century masterpiece in La Sauve; Or bask in the historic heritage of Guyenne by visiting the Bastide of Creon. Spend the evening in Marmande.
Mytriptailor Tip: You could opt to arrive in Bordeaux a day early to explore the city in greater depth.
Upstream from the Garonne elbow is a string of characterful villages that compete in charm and beauty. Marmande, with its tomatoes and vineyards, Tonneins and its famous ham, Clairac whose abbey was the birthplace of the cultivation of Ente prunes, Lafitte and its prune museum, Couthure Sur Garonne, the ancient Gallo-Roman site of the Le Mas d’Agenais, Meilhan sur Garonne, Nérac… So many places to visit, taking in everything around you, and worthy of a stop via the water or the road. From village to village, brushing the famous canal Bridge of Agen, aim to arrive in Agen by late afternoon and you’ll still have time to stroll through its breathtaking medieval centre, visiting its cathedral and immersing yourself in the history of the Albret region.
Don’t leave Agen without trying its authentic prunes or before visiting its Museum of Fine Arts and the Moirax Priory in this remarkable museum town. Take a ride along the Tarn to the Moissac Canal bridge before heading to Castelsarrasin for lunch. Montauban is another preserved medieval city. Evidence of its rich past, the old bridge and Sainte Jacques church are among the highlights of the “Ville Rose”. All dressed in red brick, it’s worth a longer look for its architecture, as well as its stone cathedral, Place Nationale and former episcopal palace which houses the works of Ingres and Bourdelle.
Mytriptailor Advice: Why not extend your stay in Montauban by an additional night to enjoy its cultural depth.
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