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Soulac-North Beach|Photo Nathalie BertBeach of fine sand in Soulac-sur-Mer|Photo Sam NimitzBasilica Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-Terres|Photo BergejeSoulac-sur-Mer City Hall|Photo The 24 hr TravellerGallic sign in sheet brass (Museum of Art and archaeology)|Blockhouse at the South exit of Soulac|Photo Ursus


At the end of the 19th century, the great wave of the sea bathings fit push in Soulac of hundreds of doll houses that give a charm this seaside resort and climate. It benefits from the presence of a vast pine forest, four beaches of fine sand overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, villas of the 19th century, a casino and tourist and sports infrastructures.

Brief summary of history

Is the trace of Soulac from the 11th century, while the Benedictine monks established a first monastery in this relatively isolated and inhospitable region. The popularity of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela helps make Soulac a religious centre whose importance is growing.

In 1452, then that ends the hundred years war, the King of England and Duke of Aquitaine Henri VI sends an army to try to identify the remains of her possessions in southwestern, invaded by the troops French. She landed at Soulac and market towards Bordeaux. This unsuccessful attempt ends with the battle of Castillon, sounding the death knell of English influence in Aquitaine.

The taste for romance and fashion of England imported sea baths are at the base of the revival of the city. The arrival of the railway in the Médoc in 1874 allows the small seaside city of Soulac from growing.

Basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-Terres

This vast basilica was built in the 12th century under the impulse of the Benedictine monks. Located on one of the paths of Santiago de Compostela, it is classified in the world heritage of humanity by Unesco. It is a great testimony of the Romanesque of the 12th century. The Church was attended by many pilgrims who came to venerate the relics of St. Veronica (allegedly from Medoc evangelizing) as well as a drop of milk attributed to the Virgin Mary.

The memorial of the fortress of the Northern Médoc

This memorial is dedicated to the fortifications erected to Soulac with Verdon by German troops during World War II. True bastion responsible inter alia to protect the port of Bordeaux, the fortress of the North Medoc meets infrastructure established around Royan. The memorial includes a Museum and offers tours on sites of memory.

The Museum of Art and archaeology

The Museum of Art and archaeology brings together collections evoking the history of the Medoc from the origins to our days. More than a thousand pieces outlined therein, in particular a skeleton of elephas antiquus (prehistoric ancestor of elephants) discovered in the region. Also a series of guns from a merchant ship, passing by a Gallic sign representing a boar.

The routes passing through this place

Useful information :

Address :
33780 Soulac-sur-Mer

Good to know :
Office de tourism de Soulac-sur-Mer 68 Street from the beach, 33780 Soulac-sur-Mer Tel + 33 (0) 5 56 09 86 61

Free of charge.

Where to stay:

All accommodation