The Cruise ship dock at le Verdon is about two miles/3.4 km from the village and is not served by either bus or train. 90 % of the passenger will opt for a cruise organized excursion to Bordeaux.
This port is difficult to do on your own. There are no taxis, the only way off the ship on ones own is by ferry to Royan, which is at least a 75 minute walk away.
Check with your cruise line if shuttles to the ferry will be provided.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Le Verdon sur Mer is situated on the Pointe de Grave on the Gironde estuary, near to large vineyards. Le Verdon also offers extensive beaches on the Atlantic coast and on the Gironde estuary, forests and marshland, cycling paths and hiking trails. The streams also offer a complete change of scenery: sail on the estuary or go and explore the Cordouan lighthouse, without a doubt one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world.
It's around 64 miles from Le Verdon to Bordeaux. An organized trip is almost certainly the only way to do the run in the limited time the cruise stop will allow.
Royan (by ferry), Bordeaux (100 km), Soulac (6 km), Lacanau, Cap Ferret are all great places for walking!
Nothing near the port.
The city of Bordeaux is covered by a public wifi network.
Local emergency number: 112
Most shops, businesses, information services, museums and banks in France stay open all day. The exceptions are the smaller shops and enterprises, which may close for lunch sometime between 12.30pm and 2pm. Basic hours of business are from 8 or 9am to 6.30 or 7.30pm Monday to Saturday for the big shops and Tuesday to Saturday for smaller shops (some of the smaller shops may open on Monday afternoon). You can always find boulangeries and food shops that do stay open, however, on days when others close – on Sunday normally until noon.
National holiday dates:
January 1 New Year's Day
Ascension Day (forty days after Easter)
Pentecost or Whitsun (seventh Sunday after Easter, plus the Monday)
May 1 May Day/Labour Day
May 8 Victory in Europe Day
July 14 Bastille Day
August 15 Assumption of the Virgin Mary
November 1 All Saints' Day
November 11 1918 Armistice Day
December 25 Christmas Day
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