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“Aim for Bastille weekend if you like showjumping”
Review of Citadelle de Blaye

Citadelle de Blaye
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Blaye
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Aim for Bastille weekend if you like showjumping”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

There's international showjumping on in mid-July and it's a super day out with free admission. I love mooching round the grounds, we have friends living nearby.

Visited July 2012
Thank Claire H
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“Large Impressive Structure”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

I visited in late Autumn just as the leaves were displaying their colors – beautiful!
Spent over an hour walking the grounds admiring the architecture and snapping wonderful photos.
There are various signs posted that describe in a very limited way some points of interest.
Great views of the city of Blaye and the surrounding area.

Visited November 2012
Thank mdculpepper
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Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting historical site”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Lovely to walk the grounds around the Citadel. Hidden little city behind the walls. Not busy, but an interesting view of the Estuary from the citadelle.

Visited September 2012
Thank NoBadDaysinBC
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91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Amazing Citadelle on Gironde estuary with picturesque campsite and old town within it's walls.”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Needed a campsite within 25 miles of Bordeaux and found this one. You actually have to drive through the old Citadelle & over the large moat to get into the site which is right by the Gironde estuary. Good sized hedged pitches with electricity and water to each pitch. The few showers are clean and efficient . The wash block needs updating, as do the toilets. 2 traditional loos only, the rest highly continental..
The site is a very small part of the whole Citadelle which is a wonderfull example of it's type and on a huge scale.
It has a pretty little "town" within the walls and several bar/cafes and restaurants.
The two restaurants by the edge of the river have lovely views, but check the menu boards carefully.
One of them, nearest the Gironde, has an expensive indoor restaurant with a wall sized panoramic viewing window, while at the same time has an outside dining area with stunning views that delivers excellent food at half the cost.
The adjacent town of Blaye is somewhat tired though, and needs some investment, but the real star is the Citadelle itself.
Best part for visitors is that there is no entry fee for the Citadelle and the camping is cheap.
We could not but wonder how they built things on this scale.
To give you an idea ,when we were there in 2nd week of July, they had an international horse riding event taking place in the dry moat while visitors still had the run of the rest of it.
Forgot to mention there is also a good vigneron who sells eminently quaffable local wines from around 5 euros a bottle.
If you're anywhere near Bordeaux I highly recommend a visit.

Visited July 2012
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“a nice surprise”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Was really surprised by it. I didn't expect such a pleasant place and nice atmosphere. The architecture is impressive and the Citadelle is well kept. The inside camping looked great and very cheap.

Thank sylandnic
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