Gironde Estuary (France)

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Region
France Rivers

Coordinates
45.42774 N, -0.86131 W

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The Gironde Estuary is a major navigable waterway (falsely referred to as a river) located in southwestern France. It is formed from the meeting of two rivers (Dordogne and Garonne) downstream of the centre of Bordeaux. This estuary covers a total area of approx 635 km2 (245 ml2), ranking it the largest one in western Europe.Gironde Estuary (France)

Estuary is a coastal (usually fresh) water area where one or more rivers meet. It also has a direct connection to the sea / ocean. River Gironde is nearly 80 km (50 ml) long and 3–11 km (2–7 ml) wide. Its estuary is subject to strong tidal currents from the Atlantic Ocean. Great care is needed while navigating the estuary by any type or size of marine vessel.

Within the estuary, between Pointe de Grave at seaward end, and Bec d'Ambes, there are a series of small islands. 

  • Ile de Patiras (200 ha) has a lighthouse to aid navigation in the estuary. Maize and vines are grown there.
  • Ile Sans-Pain and Ile Bouchaud are virtually joined due to silting and are referred to as "Ile Nouvelle". They have a total area of 265 ha and are owned by Conservatoire du Littoral.
  • Ile Cazeau, Ile Verte, and Ile du Nord have a combined area of about 800 ha. Due to their prestine state, these isles provide a fine stopping off site for migrating birds.
  • Ile Margaux (25 ha) had 14 ha devoted to vines. It is part of the famous Medoc wine region.
  • Ile Pate (13 ha) is a privately owned island. It features a historic fort built in the end of the 17th century as part of a national fortification program by Marquis de Vauban (1633-1707). The building is oval, nearly 12 m high, and was originally equipped with 30 cannons. Fort Pate, along with Fort Medoc and the Blaye citadelle, defended Bordeaux and the Gironde Estuary. During the French Revolution (1789-1799), Fort Pate was used as prison for priests.
  • In 2006, the Conseil General took a decision to make Ile Pate a "zone de pre-emption espace naturel sensible" (ZPENS). This status protects the island from further developments. If the owner decides to sell it, the Department has pre-emptive right. After 2 months the Conservatoire National du Littoral has next pre-emptive right and after another 2 months the town of Blaye has the final pre-emptive right to buy the island.

Highlights: Chateaux de Medoc, Bordeaux, Blaye

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Port Gironde Estuary cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Gironde Estuary, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
Saturday
3 June, 2017
ms Cyrano de Bergerac(arriving at 03 Jun - departing at 03 Jun)
Monday
5 June, 2017
ms Princesse d'Aquitaine(arriving at 05 Jun - departing at 05 Jun)
Wednesday
7 June, 2017
River Royale(arriving at 07 Jun - departing at 07 Jun)
Thursday
8 June, 2017
ms Cyrano de Bergerac(arriving at 08 Jun - departing at 08 Jun)
ms Princesse d'Aquitaine(arriving at 08 Jun - departing at 08 Jun)
Sunday
11 June, 2017
ms Cyrano de Bergerac(arriving at 11 Jun - departing at 11 Jun)
Monday
12 June, 2017
ms Princesse d'Aquitaine(arriving at 12 Jun - departing at 12 Jun)
Wednesday
14 June, 2017
River Royale(arriving at 14 Jun - departing at 14 Jun)
Thursday
15 June, 2017
ms Cyrano de Bergerac(arriving at 15 Jun - departing at 15 Jun)
Wednesday
21 June, 2017
River Royale(arriving at 21 Jun - departing at 21 Jun)
Saturday
24 June, 2017
ms Princesse d'Aquitaine(arriving at 24 Jun - departing at 24 Jun)
Wednesday
28 June, 2017
River Royale(arriving at 28 Jun - departing at 28 Jun)