The Travel Book

The Travel Book – Libourne, France

I think it is always great to visit somewhere off season to really experience what it is like as a town or a village when the tourists are not around. The place that I am going to talk about today is apparently not as popular tourist destination as places such as Bordeaux however, it is popular due to the fact it is a place where wine and vineyards are situated – welcome to the town of Libourne.

Libourne is a place that is easy to reach via train from cities such as Bordeaux, Bergerac and Limoges to name a few. It is located in the south west of France in the Gironde department in the Nouvell-Aquitine. It was founded in 1270 and was originally called Leybornia and was founded by Roger de Leybourne.

The main attraction of the town is the centre itself, with it’s winding streets, market square and water surrounding it. During the summer there are boat trips up and down these waters which means you can see the area from a different respective whilst being chilled out.

I went to Libourne just after Christmas and completely out of season, normally I would still recommend a place at this time but I am going to say very clearly only visit this place in the spring and summer months. In the winter, because the tourists are not visiting the place is like a ghost town, so much so we had to have pastries for dinner as there was no restaurants open as such. I can imagine in the summer that this place is very busy and thriving with tourists and I would say definitely visit then to try somewhere new as it is very pretty.

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