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The ocean, the beaches, the preserved natural coastline, the surfing, the bike rides, the wine chateaux, the markets ...

We have selected some addresses for you and the following list is not exhaustive ...

You can also find all the services and practical information on the website of the Tourist Office of Montalivet

The Montalivet Market

Every day from 8am to 1pm

In 1957, the construction of the covered market gave a new impetus to tourism development.

The merchants of the town settle there while outside some merchants unpack their stands.

The new housing estates and the Hélio Marin Center (CHM) attract a larger population, even from outside our borders. Today, during the summer season, the Montalivet market is more European than ever.


From oysters to Médoc wine, to crafts, everyone can find happiness. This market, one of the largest in the department, has become unavoidable.

Montalivet Restaurants

Restaurants Traditionnels

The Papagayo

26 avenue de l’Océan
33930  Vendays-Montalivet


Located halfway between the beach and the market, Papagayo offers a varied menu to suit all tastes and budgets.

In a playful and friendly setting, Le Papagayo offers traditional Moroccan cuisine that will tantalize your taste buds with couscous, tajines and kebabs.

You will also find pizzas with thin dough on or off the premises, as well as fresh pasta, grilled meats and salads. Toddlers also have their menu with a surprise at the end of the meal.

The Villa Arbousier

29 avenue de l’Océan
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

The restaurant The Villa Arbousier, a world of flavors in a friendly and friendly atmosphere; a pleasant setting, a terrace in a garden with trees to enjoy a Cuisine of Here and Elsewhere.


Spring rolls, wok noodles, Thai pad, tandoori, veal chop, monkfish, many flavors that will delight your taste buds.

Fresh products, prepared and home cooked!

Le Marin

18 avenue de l’Océan
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Le Marin restaurant is located in Montalivet, in the Aquitaine region. Here is an address that will seduce you: bright and spacious room, modern decor, tones and nice terrace offering both shade and sun!

EARTH AND SEA - On your plate, you can enjoy all the flavors of a fresh and sophisticated cuisine. The Chef will propose you a menu mixing products of the ground and the sea with elegance: filet of bar, sea bream or roasted veal chop.

AN ADDRESS TO SHARE - The ideal address for all your dinners with friends or family lunches, presenting excellent value for money! To discover without delay ...

The Globe Trotter - The Five Senses

9 avenue de la Brède
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

The Globe Trotteur restaurant in Montalivet, located directly opposite the market square.

The restaurant, in addition to the traditional dishes, offers chords with an exotic touch.

La Part des Anges

32 boulevard du Front de mer
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

The restaurant "Part des Anges" offers traditional cuisine, simple and refined. A menu composed of meat, fish and oysters, while respecting its main theme: wine. We only work with fresh and seasonal products and our dishes are entirely "Homemade".


In addition to the menu, our chef makes you discover every day various suggestions. A selection of dishes meticulously adapted to our wine list, to the delight of your taste buds.

Seafood and fish

La Montanita

26 avenue de l’Ocean
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Seafood and fish specialist, fresh products cooked and prepared homemade.

New: The Claires du Médoc, oysters raised in Verdon-sur-Mer.

Seafood platter on site or to take away.


Dolce vita pizza

50 avenue de l’Ocean
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Along the Avenue de L'Ocean, a stone's throw from the market, you will find pizzeria Dolce Vita.

On site or to take away.

La Dolce Vita is a familal pizzeria owned by Thierry and Isa, a place where you will feel at home with a quick service.

Pizza de Charlotte

40 avenue de l’Ocean
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

The restaurant "Pizzas de Charlotte" have carved out a place in the summer sun of the Vendays-Montalivet seaside resort.

Here, there is no delivery service : the customers will have to come to sit on the terrace of the establishment if they wish to taste one of the specialties of the pizzeria.

What all counts is not so bad because there is nothing better than a small walk to close the summer days. In this regard, the sign opens between 17:30 and 23h in the evening and in the morning, it serves from 11h to 14h30. In fact, it is recommended to accompany your pizza with a salad, refreshing and moisturizing summer

O pizzas de Monta

23 avenue de l’Ocean
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Very nice setting with a refined interior and a terrace. The decoration is sought. A sensation of cleanliness emerges immediately and is confirmed throughout the meal.

The pizza is tasty with homemade products. A variety of dishes in daytime suggestion.
The dessert are homemade.

About a drink and Night clubs

Chai Simone

23 avenue de la Brède
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Chai Simone, is a new wine bar and gourmet landmark just a step away from the inevitable market of Montalivet.

From breakfast to tapas for an aperitif, Chai Simone offers quality products with an elaborate menu to awaken the taste buds. The bar also offers you a voyage of discovery of the world of wine including a wide range of Médoc appellations to world wines.

El Loco café

38 avenue de l’Océan
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

El Loco Café The place to be à Montalivet !

Une terrasse tropical magnifique, une équipe ultra compétente, sympathique et à la pointe de leur art, des cocktails avec et sans alcool délicieux et une ambiance toujours au top dans la bonne humeur constante !
Little more, a complete and varied tapas menu with quality products!

Le Bambou

1629 rue de Gaillan
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Delicious cocktails at affordable prices, tapas, music.

Atmosphere, and rustic decoration.

Cabaret le Saint Sebastien

11 rue Charles Plumeau
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

At least twenty shows are linked without dead time on the principle of "transformism": funny tributes, moving, ferocious or downright crazy to the famous characters of showbiz.

The Saint Sabastian is also the TAGADABAR: a nice little private club! This friendly and original place, located in the former part of the cabaret, has a dance floor and a smoking room.

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Surf schools

Montasurf school

20 boulvard du Front de mer
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Created in 1999 Monta surf school is a surf school, longboard, stand up paddle, bodyboard created by surfers to put the slide in the reach of all.

Whether you are beginner or already experienced, you want to improve your level of skiing. Whether you want to learn longboarding, surfing, stand-up paddling or body boarding we have the right monitor for you.


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Carakas Surf School

4 avenue de l’Ocean
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

CARAKAS is a surf school, which organizes, develops and promotes the promotion and practice of water sports in all their forms.

A team of professionals and passionate graduates of State Patents, Federal, BAFA welcomes you and supervises you in a large number of nautical activities and xtreme

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surf MAYA surf school

Camping ACM
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

With family or friends, come and discover exceptional gliding sensations.

Equipped with a helmet, a paddle and a lifejacket, you will move on your knees and then stand on this boat and take "real" waves with the help of the monitor.

4 to 6 people, 25 € / pers (1h30)

Located right in front of the spot, we offer a wide choice of boards and combinations to rent (shortboard, evolutionary, foam boards, longboard, stand up, bodyboard ...).

In front and after season, possibility to be delivered directly on the spot (Montalivet and Vensac).


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UCPA Summer Camp

Av de Joinville le Pont
33930  Vendays-Montalivet

Les + UCPA

- 1 center of more than 4 hectares, entirely secure, with a beautiful ergonomics allowing each age group to have its own space.
- A carousel and paddock + 1 real skatepark + 1 inflatable skimboard track + 1 dancefloor + baskets of sneakers directly on the center.
- The best wave conditions of the Girondine coast for minors.


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The Maedoc country

A tourist region to discover

The Médoc, land of heritage and history

Like the lighthouse of Cordouan, the buildings testifying to the richness of the Medoc heritage are numerous, the oldest referring you to the Gallo-Roman era.

Others testify to the medieval past of the peninsula, or the golden age of viticulture, with these grand castles with imposing architecture and their dependencies no less remarkable. In addition, some religious buildings are particularly worth seeing:

The Baroque church of Saint Estèphe, the Romanesque apse of Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc, the monumental church of Puillac, the abbey and the abbey of Vertheuil with its Romanesque portal, or the classified site of Saint- Raphael in Avensan. The Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres basilica in Soulac is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Après avoir été ensevelie pas les sables elle fût reconstruite au XIXend century. Finally, it is still possible to rediscover traditional skills and crafts, visiting a brick factory in Brach, a mill in Vensac, or trying out the gemmage technique during a guided tour in the forest.

Cordouan's lighthouse

33123 Le Verdon-sur-Mer

Built by Henry III, restored under Louis XIV and raised in 1789,
Cordouan's lighthouse is the spectator of the navigation of the estuary of the Gironde for more than four centuries.

Top of 67.50 meters and 311 steps, it offers a breathtaking view of the Pointe de Grave and the Gironde.


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The abbey and the abbey church of Vertheuil

2 Place Saint-Pierre
33180 Vertheuil

Fondée au XIend century by William VIII of Aquitaine and sold in 1792 as a national good, the abbey of Vertheuil offers an exhibition of various works during the summer period.

L’abbatiale construite aux XIend et XIIend centuries is a model of Romanesque art with an octagonal bell tower, an ambulatory and a carved decoration of great quality.

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The Tower of Honor

Rue Pierre Curie
33340 Lesparre-Médoc

Built after 1320, the Tower of Honor is a square dungeon remaining from the mighty castle of Les Sires de Lesparre.

Its imposing military architecture is representative of the importance of the ancient medieval castle.

The tower includes a ground floor and four floors with a small local history museum.

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

Place Aliénor d’Aquitaine
33780 Soulac-sur-Mer

Classée a patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, cette basilique construite du XIend au XIIend century is representative of the Roman-Poitevin style.

Autour de ce monument, la station de Soulac-sur-Mer s’est progressivement développée depuis l’essor des bains de mer au XIXend century.

It now includes several hundred villas called "Soulacaises".


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Richard's lighthouse

Passe du Phare 1
33590 Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac

Built in 1843, this lighthouse offers a panoramic view of the Gironde Estuary and allows you to contemplate the Charente coast and the "Holland polders".


Le phare propose aujourd’hui une musée dédié à l’Estuaire depuis le XIXend century with its fishing, oyster farming and life in general.


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Hortin Nature Reserve and the Contour Lagoon

33990 Hourtin

This nature reserve stretches over 2100 hectares and allows you to discover the dunes ocean coast, the forests of oaks and pines that form the "national forest" and the lagoon of Contaut which offers freshness and serenity.

The diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna makes this reserve a unique place to discover.

Guests can enjoy free tours with a guide.


Fort – Médoc

34 Avenue du Haut Médoc
33460 Cussac-Fort-Médoc

Built by Vauban in 1689 on the borders of the Gironde, this fort was part of the military unit protecting Bordeaux from fluvial attacks.


Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic monument offers its village history museum, chapel, powder keg and bakery for visits.



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The Maedoc country

Land of wine


A region dotted with castles and vineyards


Comprising more than 1130 castels the Médoc is a territory where the vine is an ancestral attachment.

Along the famous « castle road«, Take a stroll in the Médocaines vines and discover wine estates among the most prestigious in the world. Thanks to the extraordinary diversity of soils, the privileged climate, the judicious choice of grape varieties and the work of men, the Médocain vineyard has made a world famous, marked in 1855 by the classification ordered by Napoleon III.

Lose yourself in this ocean of vineyards, take the small trash roads, let yourself be carried by these evocative names: Margaux, Puillac, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien, Moulis, Listrac ....

All seasons are ideal to discover the vineyard, to be welcomed, to visit the cellars and of course taste the wines. Know also that the Médoc is a land of grease or good tables are not lacking.

Finally, think about stopping in the Wine Houses, to find valuable information to make your circuit successful.

Beychevelle Castle

Beychevelle Castle
33250 Saint-Julien-Beychevelle

The Beychevelle Castle, is a vineyard of 250 ha including 90 ha of vines, located in Saint-Julien-Beychevelle in Gironde. Located in the AOC Saint-Julien, it is ranked fourth Grand Cru in the 1855 ranking.


The first castle was built in 1565 by Bishop François de Foix-Candale.

Le château est réédifié en 1757 par le marquis de Brassier. La famille de Brassier, baron de Beychevelle, donnera ses premières lettres de marque au vin de Beychevelle au cours du XVIIIend century.

Le domaine est sur des sols de graves garonnaises profondes. Les vignes d’une moyenne d’âge de 25 ans sont plantées à une très forte densité de 10 000 pieds/ha. L’encépagement est à 62 % caberne-sauvignon, 31 % merlot, 5 % cabrnet-franc, et 2 % petit verdot2.

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Pichon Baron Castle

D2, 33250 Pauillac

In 1850, the property is divided into 2 parts. Returning to Baron Raoul Pichon Longueville, give birth to the estate of Pichon Baron. The second will return to his three sisters, who will give the domain Pichon Countess.

Proud of his property, Baron Raoul built in 1851 the majestic castle that we know today, inspired by the Renaissance style. Since then, this castle with two iconic turrets, of an incomparable romance and charm, is at the heart of the vineyard.

It is in 1855 on the occasion of the universal exhibition, that the wine is sacred 2end Grand Cru Classé, according to the classification requested by Emperor Napoleon III, who wanted to honor the great wines of Bordeaux.

The creation of the estate dates back to the end of the XVIIth century, also called the Grand Siècle because of the access of Louis XIV to the throne of France in 1661.

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Pontet Canet Castle

12 Rue Lucien Teyssier
33250 Pauillac

Jean-Francois de Pontet had made a career at Versailles; very much in court, he had held the office of Grand Ecuyer of Louis XV. Back in Guyenne, he became Governor of the Médoc. In 1705, he bought a few acres of land north of the village of Pauillac to create a vineyard.


Alfred Tesseron and his team led by Jean-Michel Comme, manager of Pontet-Canet since 1989, have profoundly changed the identity of the Château Pontet-Canet vineyard. Moving from conventional cultivation to organic farming and biodynamic farming, the terroirs have regained their originality, the vines seem to be liberated and the grapes have never been so beautiful. Today, the wines of Pontet-Canet continue to progress ... They are among the best wines of Bordeaux.


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Agassac Castle

15 Rue du Château d’Agassac
33290 Ludon-Médoc

The local tradition tells that a Latin inscription found in the underground of the Castle assigns to its construction the XIth century, however the first historical testimonies date from the XIIIth century.

The legend does not say if the first of his known lords, Gaillard de Gassac, was an amateur of the products of the trellis. One thing is certain, the vast and elegant wine cellars adjoining the fortress still house the Domaine's wines today and bear witness to ancestral wine-making tradition, one of the most recent characteristics of which was the meeting at the end of the 19th century of two estates. neighbors: of Agassac and Pomiès-Agassac.

Resolutely turned towards the future, D'Agassac is today one of the best-rated and most awarded wines in Haut-Médoc. The estate also cultivates its difference by making wines.

sincere, who have no other ambition than to procure pleasure. The range of our wines is declined and offers you different products adapted for every moment of conviviality and hedonism.

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Castle Margeaux

33460 Margaux

Château Margaux's Grand Vin has been recognized since the 17th century as one of the greatest wines in the world.
Difficult to summarize in a few lines the long and passionate history of the field; it could be entitled: "Once upon a time, Château Margaux".

In 1705, the London Gazette announces the first auction of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux: 230 barrels of "Margose"! The 1771 vintage is the first "claret" to appear in a Christie's catalog.

It was in 1977 that André Mentzelopoulos bought the property. The Ionic columns that adorn the peristyle of the castle remind him of his native Greece and make him seize, thanks to his great intellectual acuity, the extent of the work to be done for Margaux to regain its position as Premier, the only one that comes back to him.

The history and fame of Château Margaux derive as much from the genius of the place as from the contribution of the men and women who have served it for five centuries. But no owner has probably played such a decisive role, and in such a short time, as André Mentzelopoulos, who acquired the estate in 1977 and would have turned 100 today.

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The Maedoc country

Is also the ocean


Cordouan is the last lighthouse at sea open to the public.

Particular conditions of access and visit impose the respect of strict rules.

Access to the site subject to the rhythm and amplitude of the tides. It is only allowed during the day, for a limited time, and variable (from 2:30 to 4:30) depending on the tidal coefficients and weather conditions.

In order to enjoy the best conditions of visit, it is advisable to organize your visit outside the high tourist season (July and August mainly).


The landing conditions vary according to the weather, the wind, the tidal factors ...

The captain of the boat makes every effort to disembark the passengers as close as possible to the lighthouse, but in most cases, part of the journey is to be done on foot (15-20 minutes of walking).

Visitors are encouraged to walk in the water (mid-thigh) and sometimes on slippery rocks.

Keep in mind that you are entering a unique site in the world that offers you a different experience on every visit.



Medoc's oysters

After almost 20 years of truce, the most famous shellfish in the family of Ostreidae re-emerged from the marshes of the Médoc, north of the peninsula.


A labialized oyster "Médoc"

Maturing is an old story in Medoc.

The oldest traces of the present mollusc in our marshes date back to the Gallo-Roman era. Let's hope that the work of passionate Médocain oyster farmers will make 2015 the starting point of a new era, the renewal of a labialized oyster, proud of its Medocan origins.


Nowadays, few are the Médocans to know the history of the oyster on the territory. Some remember the flourishing trade in shellfish, which at that time occupied more than 1000 Médocaines families between cultivation, breeding and maturing. For a long time, the small ports of the estuary (Saint-Vivien, Talais, Soulac ...) have dedicated their activity to the oyster trade.

In 1968, the end of oyster farming in the marshes began.

A toxic product in water affects the fragile organism of the oyster. In the 1970s, several times, various attempts to save the activity (such as the import of oysters of Japanese origin) will remain unsuccessful. The cadmium, present in too large quantities, will sound the end of the reign of the Médocaine oyster in 1996 after an analysis declassifying the waters of the marshes in category D.

It will be necessary to wait until 2014, end of a long fight and a series of analyzes carried out by the community of the communes, the Regional Council, Europe and professionals of the shellfish culture, so that the buckets are again judged fit to welcome the culture of the oyster. Here we are, the return of the mollusk in our marshes is now a reality.

Since September 2014, the Médoc oyster farmers have been hard at work to proudly take up this ancestral activity, which is the source of a new economic vector that the Medoc peninsula needs considerably.

Where to eat ?

Aquaculture Farm Eau-Médoc

Le Port, 1
Lieu-dit La Petite Canau
33590 Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc

At the Eau-Médoc farm, Bertrand offers you an hour and a half to discover his activity in the heart of the maritime marshes of the Pointe du Médoc.  Venez découvrir un savoir faire et un paysage atypiques, des secrets de cuissons et techniques de production…

The cost of the tasting tour is 5 euros per person (from 12 years old). It corresponds to the prices of the products offered during the tasting (A glass of white wine + assembly of products of the season).

All year long: Tasting tours are possible, on reservation, for groups composed of 10 people minimum (over 12 years old).

In July and August - Tuesday at 18h and Thursday at 10:30: tasting tours are possible for everyone, without minimum of people. It is advisable to take reservation at the farm before going to the tasting tour.


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