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With its traditional charm, the village of Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac will take you back through time across fields and through vines, to discover a rich heritage of châteaux, vineyards, little ports, a lighthouse and a dozen "carrelet" fishing huts. Escape to this estuary environment for a peaceful break, away from the daily routine and off the beaten path.
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At the heart of the village of Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac
Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac was originally three ancient villages surrounded by water where people would get about by boat. These three islands were merged together over a century ago and the village of Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac was born. A walk around the small streets will reveal the ancient charm of a typical Médoc-style village. At the ancient oyster port, Richard, you will discover a typical "ocean" atmosphere, dependant upon the tides.
Richard LighthouseA peaceful place
Do not miss the must-see of the destination, the Richard Lighthouse, where the secrets of the Estuary will be unveiled. After climbing the sixty steps to the top, you will have a 360° view over the village, the Charente coastline, the estuary and the "carrelet" fishing huts. In the surrounding area you can walk along the embankments with a breathtaking view of the biggest Estuary in Europe. Then take a break at the picnic area at the foot of Richard Lighthouse for a peaceful moment as a family in a relaxing environment.
Did you know that these fishing huts on stilts owe their name to the big fishing net, the "carrelet", which is lowered and raised horizontally using a pulley.
Stop by a Médoc vineyard
The dried-up marshlands of the 17th Century were replaced by fields as far as the eye can see, where cattle, cereals and wine estates took up residence. Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac is brimming with beautiful family estates just waiting to be discovered. Stop by one of the châteaux to discover the specialist know-how and secrets of making Médoc wines. Above all, come and taste this nectar of the gods and enjoy a special moment with the producers!