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St. EmilionFast Facts
- Location: Northeast of Bordeaux in south west France
- Attraction Type: Ancient village
- Significance: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Best Time to Visit: April to October
- How to Reach: By road from Bordeaux
- Nearest Airport: Bordeaux Merignac International Airport
Not only its indefatigable natural beauty, you would also be amazed by an underground rock formation in St. Emilion in France. Around the 8th century AD a hermit by the name of Emilion settled inside a tiny cave beside an underground spring. Over the next five hundred years this cave was enlarged to create the world’s largest monolithic rock cathedral. The immense open rooms are structural marvels which leave engineers of the modern era baffled. The astounding natural beauty combined with this intriguing rock structure has prompted UNESCO to declare this as a World Heritage Site.
Activities in St. Emilion
Explore this enchanting place on foot or bicycle. The tile roofed houses lining cobbled streets are exactly like medieval times. The ochre colored houses of limestone add to the uniformity of the village. It’s a joy interacting with these simple yet cheerful village folks. Never ignore to visit the underground church carved out of a single monolithic limestone rock. You would be surprised to discover catacombs, ossuary, and a church all under the surface. This incidentally is the oldest of all the structures in France St. Emilion village.
After finishing with St. Emilion underground hermitage proceed on a discovery spree of the surrounding vineyards and wineries. You could take a guided vineyard tour or follow any of the hiking trails through this picturesque landscape. It is very surprising to note that an area of less than 8000 hectares produces more than hundred wine varieties. Young wines with the sweet smell of blackberry, raspberry, black currant are manufactured with same expertise
Accommodation and Dining in St. Emilion
On your vacation to this enchanting French village you might opt to stay in hotels, guest houses, self catering accommodations, and even camping sites. Among the hotels you could select from Hotel Chateau Grand Barrail, Bonsai Hotel St. Emilion, Chateau de Courtebotte, and Bonsafa Relais Libourne St. Emilion.
This picturesque village is a gourmet’s paradise. Les Epicurens, Hostellerie Chateau de Roques, Pizzeria de la Tour, Le Clos Du Roy, and Chai Pascal are some of the noteworthy eateries in St. Emilion.