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Saint-ÉmilionFrance

This attractive medieval hamlet is known for its Romanesque architecture and world-class wines.

The historic town of Saint-Émilion is one of France’s top viticulture centers. Set on a hill and surrounded by vineyards, it is comprised of clusters of golden-stone structures and narrow, sloping cobbled streets lined with bakeries, cafés and bars. Explore the town’s medieval monuments, stroll through subterranean passageways and learn about local wines in intimate wine cellars.

The vineyards in Saint-Émilion were first planted by the Romans, although the town itself wasn’t founded until the 8th century, when a miracle-working Benedictine monk named Émilion settled in a nearby cave. Successive generations of monks carved a church into the limestone slope and began commercial wine production in the region. Join other wine-lovers visiting Saint-Émilion, now recognized by UNESCO for its historic vineyard landscape.

Visit the famous Église Monolithe, a Romanesque church carved from solid rock between the 9th and 12th centuries. Weave through the network of underground passages and descend farther below ground to see the catacombs. Climb 196 steps to reach the summit of the church’s bell tower for views over the medieval village.

Stroll along the well-preserved 13th-century ramparts and look for the Porte Brunet, the only remaining gate from the original fortifications. The ramparts also lead to Château du Roi, a castle said to have been built by either Louis VIII or Henry III. Climb the King’s Tower for views extending beyond the town to the undulating green expanse of the Dordogne valley.

Enjoy a drink or people-watch in outdoor cafés on Place du Marché, a pleasant town square. Taste the prestigious local wine. Take a trip out to local wineries or indulge in a tutored tasting at Maison du Vin to learn more about the region’s time-honored wine-making traditions.

The area has a mild climate year-round, although temperatures are at their most pleasant from mid-May to mid-July. Explore the small town easily on foot.

Saint-Émilion is located 22 miles (35 kilometers) northeast of Bordeaux. Trains depart several times daily from Bordeaux and take about 45 minutes to reach Saint-Émilion.

Top Hotels in Saint-Émilion

Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
5 out of 5
Route De Libourne D 243, Saint-Émilion, Gironde
The price is CA $287 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

This family-friendly Saint-Émilion hotel is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Chateau du Tailhas and Château La Dominique. Château Guadet and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (557 reviews)

"Beautiful Hotel the grounds were very well manicured and lush."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2020

Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
Clos 1906
Clos 1906
The price is CA $190 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Chateau Ausone and Underground Pottery Museum. Le Donjon du Roy and Collegiate ...

5/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel only two minutes drive from the main Saint Emilion town. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms are huge and completed to a really high standard. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Clos 1906
Hostellerie De Plaisance
Hostellerie De Plaisance
5 out of 5
The price is CA $416 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Saint-Émilion, this luxury hotel is steps away from Collegiate Church of Saint-Emillion, Saint-Émilion Bell Tower and Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)

"Totally amazing just can not say enough."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

Hostellerie De Plaisance
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Saint-Émilion

HÔTES DE SAINT-EMILION
HÔTES DE SAINT-EMILION
The price is CA $155 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Situated on the riverfront, this apartment building is steps away from Underground Pottery Museum, The King's Castle Keep and Le Donjon du Roy. Saint-Emilion ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Rooms are above owner's wine store. Located on south end of town and walkable with luggage to train station. Make sure to go downstairs to taste some wine."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

HÔTES DE SAINT-EMILION
Gîte Le Vintage
Gîte Le Vintage
3 out of 5

Located in the heart of Saint-Émilion, this apartment building is steps away from The King's Castle Keep, Le Donjon du Roy and Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"Beautiful house in a perfect location with very helpful and friendly hosts. The house was immaculately clean and tidy. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Gîte Le Vintage
Château Franc Grâce-Dieu
Château Franc Grâce-Dieu

Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 2 miles (3 km) of Château Guadet, Château La Dominique and Collegiate Church of Saint-Emillion. Saint-Émilion ...

4.1/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
Good Accommodation

"Angelique welcomed us very warmly and was very attentive during our stay. You do need a car if your are going to stay as Saint Emilion would be quite a walk."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2018

Château Franc Grâce-Dieu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Saint-Émilion

Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church
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Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Among the architectural highlights of St. Émilion is this one-of-a-kind church, which was carved out of limestone rock in the 12th century.

Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux
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Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux

4.5/5(24 reviews)

As with many stately buildings that dominate their space, this one has a superb presence. Tour this magnificent building and enjoy one of its performances.

Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Rue Sainte-Catherine

4.5/5(24 reviews)

If you love to shop, this French street has great appeal. People watch as you have a drink or meal. The street seems to have a life of its own. 

Place de la Bourse
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Place de la Bourse

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Explore this photogenic riverside square, which is bordered by two grand neoclassical palaces and features a spectacular fountain at its center.

Cap Sciences
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Cap Sciences

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Be a scientist for the day at this fascinating museum, which aims to educate and entertain visitors with its annually changing exhibitions.

St. Michael Basilica
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St. Michael Basilica

4.5/5(25 reviews)

A freestanding bell tower with a ghoulish history is what draws most people to this landmark, but the large Gothic church here is equally impressive.

Top things to do in Saint-Émilion

Grand Cru Château & Saint-Emilion Visit From Bordeaux
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Grand Cru Château & Saint-Emilion Visit From Bordeaux

CA $132
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux
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Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux

CA $210
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion

CA $146
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Bordeaux Wines 1-Day Private Tour: Pomerol & St. Émilion
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Bordeaux Wines 1-Day Private Tour: Pomerol & St. Émilion

CA $815
Per adult
Bordeaux: Medoc & St Emilion Wine Tasting/Sightseeing Tour
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Bordeaux: Medoc & St Emilion Wine Tasting/Sightseeing Tour

CA $1,389
Per adult
Wine Discovery Day : Tasting Class & Saint-Émilion Wine Tour
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Wine Discovery Day : Tasting Class & Saint-Émilion Wine Tour

CA $231
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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