Saint-Émilion

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Saint-Emilion showing drinks or beverages and landscape views

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.

Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
5 out of 5
Route De Libourne D 243, Saint-Émilion, Gironde
The price is £165 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (625 reviews)
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Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
Logis de la Cadène
Logis de la Cadène
The price is £185 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Situated in Saint-Émilion, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Gate of Cadene, Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church and Saint-Émilion Bell Tower. Cordeliers Cloister ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
"Charming property in a great location in the center of Saint Emilion. The only caveat is that finding the property and then managing the off site parking and the bags is tricky. Also no help with bags up the stairs so this hotel will not work for everyone."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Logis de la Cadène
Hôtel de Pavie
Hôtel de Pavie
5 out of 5
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. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (73 reviews)
"Scenery, architecture, food"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021

Hôtel de Pavie
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Jardin des Ursulines Centre Saint-émilion, 30m2
Jardin des Ursulines Centre Saint-émilion, 30m2
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is steps away from Le Donjon du Roy, The King's Castle Keep and Underground Pottery Museum. Collegiate ...
Jardin des Ursulines Centre Saint-émilion, 30m2
Saint-Emilion Boutique Moulin center in the heart of the exceptional view vineyards
Saint-Emilion Boutique Moulin center in the heart of the exceptional view vineyards
Situated on the riverfront, this historic cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Château Guadet, Gate of Cadene, and Collegiate Church of Saint-Emillion. Saint-Émilion ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (12 reviews)
Enchanting accommodations
"We were beyond impressed with our stay! Solange was accommodating and helpful. It was a once in a lifetime experience. We will be reminiscing for years"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Saint-Emilion Boutique Moulin center in the heart of the exceptional view vineyards
Jardin des Ursulines Centre Saint-émilion, T1 35m2
Jardin des Ursulines Centre Saint-émilion, T1 35m2
Situated in Saint-Émilion, this golf apartment building is steps away from Le Donjon du Roy, The King's Castle Keep and Underground Pottery Museum. Collegiate ...
Jardin des Ursulines Centre Saint-émilion, T1 35m2
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