Gironde holiday cottages Holiday rentals - cottages & holiday homes for rent in Gironde


The Gironde is the largest department in France stretching from Soulac in the north to Arcachon in the south providing 126kms of rugged coastline and stunning beaches. The southern coast is characterised by the mega high sand dunes that protect the 480,000 hectares of maritime pine trees - the largest forest in France.

Famous for its vineyards, historic villages and chateaux, Gironde is the region where the Garonne and Dordogne meet creating the largest estuary in Europe. As you follow the rivers inland, the scenery is simply out of this world with forests, countless vineyards and castles dotted in every direction.

With a rich culture, fascinating history, beautiful countryside and pristine beaches, Gironde provides plenty of things to see and do for all ages and tastes.

At a glance...
Capital Bordeaux
Population 1.5 million
Surface area 10,000 km2
Airport Bordeaux-Mérignac
National parks
Wine tourism
gironde place du palais bordeaux

Coastal Gironde

Along its 126kms of coastline, Gironde boasts many fantastic beaches and coves that are pounded relentlessly by the Atlantic surf. Just an hour's drive from Bordeaux is the Bay of Arcachon, famous for its oysters and the Great Dune of Pilat which is 114m high and 5kms long! Other well-known resorts include...

  • Lacanau, famous for its big surfing waves
  • Cap Ferret for a romantic retreat
  • Gujan Mestras with its several fishing ports
  • Lacanau on the edge of Lac de Lacanau on the Côte d'Argent

Away from the beaches, the landscape quickly changes into what appears to be endless vineyards and countless chateaux. Wine tourism gets more popular each year, and you can visit an estate, go wine tasting in the cellars and learn how the various wines are produced. Bordeaux is a good place to base yourself because the other famous wine producing villages, such as Saint Emilion and the Medoc vineyards are all within easy reach.

Featured cottage rentals in Gironde

Self-catering cottage holiday rentals in the beach resorts and country villages of Gironde are plentiful and certainly good value especially for family holidays. You will find beachfront villas, often with a private swimming pool, spacious apartments and family holiday homes to rent along the entire coast. In the inner villages and towns, the beach villas are replaced by exquisite country cottages and villas that are ideal for getting away from the busy summer beach resorts.

See all rentals

With 300 days of sunshine, Gironde is a year-round playground, with weather to suit sun worshippers and outdoor sports enthusiasts - the best time to visit really depends on what you want to see and do. Gironde has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. On the coast during the summer, the average daily high temperature is around 82°F/28°C. whilst during the winter months, the temperature can dip below zero and it has been known to snow!

Featured villages & resorts in Gironde

Things to see & do in Gironde

Resort Distance
Porte Cailhau - Bordeaux1
Place de la Bourse - Bordeaux1
Vineyards of Margaux32
Lake Lacanau46
Saint Emilion Monolithic Church48
Bay of Arachon and oysters66
Dune du Pilat67
La Pointe du Cap Ferret72

Distance in kms from Bordeaux

saint emilion vineyard in gironde

Our view on Gironde

The Gironde is a spectacular and diverse region with quaint medieval villages and some of the most beautiful beaches in France. From wine tours and river cruises along the Garonne to exploring the vibrant city of Bordeaux, Gironde will entice you back year after year. The only problem is time - there are too many wonderful places to see and things to do but at least staying in a Gironde cottage holiday rental provides you with the freedom and flexibility to do what you when you want - home from home!

List your cottage

Cottage rentals are getting more popular with travellers from families to adventurers.

List your cottage on MyCottageFinder today!

List your property

View properties in