Point de Grave Guide
The Point de Grave is the most northern point of the Medoc, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the flowing tidal waters of the Gironde Estuary.
The above photo shows the end of the road (and rail line). Here you will find the ferry port for the crossing from Verdon to Royan, the old port and a few bars, fantasic fish restaurants and a hotel; the Hotel Ocean.
The Point de Grave boasts a fine light house built in the 1850's called the 'Phare de Grave' and a small museum below explaining a bit about the historical happenings of the Medoc region, so a quick visit is on the books if you are wating for the ferry to dock.
To the west you will find an uncrowded beach, (watch the very strong) currents, due to the mass of water moving into the Gironde. Not a safe place to swim) which never seems to be used except for the local dog walker or fisherman.
Old german bunkers can be found hidden in the trees and sand dunes to the east and west (this was a concrete fortress in WW2)
Sport and Activities in the Point de Grave region
In May the Port Medoc holds its annual boat show, where you can taste some of the local Medoc wines while you admire or enquire about buying your latest motor boat or yacht.
Otherwise lots of places for a walk and bike tracks galore. If you've got a big swell running the west coast beach will give you some short fast tubes, but also a heavy current, best at high and low water (less current), NOT for beginners.
Travel and transport in the Point de Grave region
Travelling to Point de Grave by car from the south, leave the Bordeaux ring road (junction 8). Follow the RN 215
until Salaunes passing Castelnau de Medoc, St-Laurent and Lesparre then its straight on untill the end of the road!