France // Sipping wine in Saint-Émilion
Located just 45 km east of Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion is definitely worth a stop! We visited this little town while we were cruising the western coastline of France. After a few hours on the road we were getting thirsty, hungry and tired of driving when the name Saint-Émilion popped up on our roadmap.
Known worldwide for its excellent wines it was the perfect place for a pause. The village is incredibly picturesque, located in a UNESCO World Heritage listed wine region. There are plenty of renowned chateaux along the way where you can discover the sommelier in you.
After feasting like kings (even now I still start drooling when I see the picture above) we started wandering about town. Saint-Émilion is rather small, with a population just over 2000, so you really can’t get lost. This is something I love about small villages, you can just go exploring without losing you way.
The city center is a maze of small streets curling up the hill, scattered with shops where you can load up on wine, delicacies and souvenirs. Feeling a bit weak in the knees from all this money spending? Excellent! Reason enough for some quick recovering on a shaded terrace with another glass of rosé!
Here are a few highlights that you shouldn’t miss:
- The panoramic view on Place du Clocher
- The Monolithic Church, one of Europe’s largest underground churches
- The Saint-Émilion Church Courtyard
- The lively atmosphere on Place du Marché
- The Cordeliers cloister