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Saint-ÉmilionFrance

This attractive medieval hamlet is known for its Romanesque architecture and world-class wines.

The historic town of Saint-Émilion is one of France’s top viticulture centers. Set on a hill and surrounded by vineyards, it is comprised of clusters of golden-stone structures and narrow, sloping cobbled streets lined with bakeries, cafés and bars. Explore the town’s medieval monuments, stroll through subterranean passageways and learn about local wines in intimate wine cellars.

The vineyards in Saint-Émilion were first planted by the Romans, although the town itself wasn’t founded until the 8th century, when a miracle-working Benedictine monk named Émilion settled in a nearby cave. Successive generations of monks carved a church into the limestone slope and began commercial wine production in the region. Join other wine-lovers visiting Saint-Émilion, now recognized by UNESCO for its historic vineyard landscape.

Visit the famous Église Monolithe, a Romanesque church carved from solid rock between the 9th and 12th centuries. Weave through the network of underground passages and descend farther below ground to see the catacombs. Climb 196 steps to reach the summit of the church’s bell tower for views over the medieval village.

Stroll along the well-preserved 13th-century ramparts and look for the Porte Brunet, the only remaining gate from the original fortifications. The ramparts also lead to Château du Roi, a castle said to have been built by either Louis VIII or Henry III. Climb the King’s Tower for views extending beyond the town to the undulating green expanse of the Dordogne valley.

Enjoy a drink or people-watch in outdoor cafés on Place du Marché, a pleasant town square. Taste the prestigious local wine. Take a trip out to local wineries or indulge in a tutored tasting at Maison du Vin to learn more about the region’s time-honored wine-making traditions.

The area has a mild climate year-round, although temperatures are at their most pleasant from mid-May to mid-July. Explore the small town easily on foot.

Saint-Émilion is located 22 miles (35 kilometers) northeast of Bordeaux. Trains depart several times daily from Bordeaux and take about 45 minutes to reach Saint-Émilion.

Top hotels in Saint-Émilion

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HÔTES DE SAINT-EMILION
HÔTES DE SAINT-EMILION
The price is £100 per night

Situated on the riverfront, this apartment building is steps away from Underground Pottery Museum, The King's Castle Keep and Le Donjon du Roy. Saint-Emilion ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Rooms are above owner's wine store. Located on south end of town and walkable with luggage to train station. Make sure to go downstairs to taste some wine."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

HÔTES DE SAINT-EMILION
Hostellerie De Plaisance
Hostellerie De Plaisance
5 out of 5
The price is £307 per night

Situated in Saint-Émilion, this luxury hotel is steps away from Collegiate Church of Saint-Emillion, Saint-Émilion Bell Tower and Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)

"Totally amazing just can not say enough."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Hostellerie De Plaisance
Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
5 out of 5
Route De Libourne D 243, Saint-Émilion, Gironde
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £278 per night

This family-friendly Saint-Émilion hotel is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Chateau du Tailhas and Château La Dominique. Château Guadet and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (546 reviews)

"Gorgeous sprawling property with grand bar and restaurant. Centrally located right in Pomerol"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail

Popular places to visit in Saint-Émilion

Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church
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Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

5/5(4 reviews)

Among the architectural highlights of St. Émilion is this one-of-a-kind church, which was carved out of limestone rock in the 12th century.

Cordeliers Cloister
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Cordeliers Cloister

You can learn about the history of Saint-Émilion with a trip to Cordeliers Cloister. While in this quaint area, you can savour the wineries.

Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux
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Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux

4.5/5(59 reviews)

As with many stately buildings that dominate their space, this one has a superb presence. Tour this magnificent building and enjoy one of its performances.

Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Rue Sainte-Catherine

4/5(77 reviews)

If you love to shop, this French street has great appeal. People watch as you have a drink or meal. The street seems to have a life of its own. 

Place de la Bourse
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Place de la Bourse

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Explore this photogenic riverside square, which is bordered by two grand neoclassical palaces and features a spectacular fountain at its center.

The City of Wine
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The City of Wine

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Study the exhibits at The City of Wine, a popular museum in Bordeaux. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

Top things to do in Saint-Émilion

Bordeaux: Medoc & St Emilion Wine Tasting/Sightseeing Tour
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Bordeaux: Medoc & St Emilion Wine Tasting/Sightseeing Tour

£801
Per adult
Wine Discovery Day : Tasting Class & Saint-Émilion Wine Tour
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Wine Discovery Day : Tasting Class & Saint-Émilion Wine Tour

£133
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion

£84
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend

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Emma

29 Jul 2019

Love St Emilion, have been before about 8 years ago. Very interesting to see how much Cordeliers has changed over those years. Used to be very rustic and quaint and now all polished and touristy. Still lovely though. Would live there in a heartbeat!

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