Travel through the vineyards to the banks of the Gironde. Blaye is famed for its wine and the historic fortress Blaye Citadelle, part of the fortifications that protected the important trading centre of Bordeaux further downstream. The Citadelle is worth a day out on its own. The large Fortress was built in the 17th Century, protection from the marauding English! Now the Citadelle hosts a hotel, restaurants and boutiques selling arts & crafts. From Blaye you can also take the short ferry trip to the Médoc, another beautiful area filled with the vineyards & stunning Chateaux of this famed wine area.