Château de la Brède

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The family home of the famous Montesquieu, a social and political thinker of the Enlightenment, this fairytale château dates from the early 1300s and are as inviting to the imagination now as they were undoubtedly for Montesquieu. The castle rooms are kept as Montesquieu would have used them in the 1700s, so take the time to explore and discover the world of this great thinker and the lifestyle of the 16th century aristocrat.

Places to visit nearby

Bordeaux in Aquitaine is the region's capital and the home of French wine-making, recognised world-wide for its excellent wines, and is beautifully situated on the River Garonne.

Saint-Émilion in Aquitaine is the oldest wine area in the Bordeaux region and is a pretty medieval town with magnificent underground catacombs.

Arcachon in Aquitaine is a beautiful coastal town inside the inspiring inland sea of the bay of Arcachon.

Nearby attractions

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Presenting the history of the Aquitaine region from prehistory to the present day, the Museum of Aquitaine contains prestigious collections of archaeological and enthnographical artefacts.

Built on the design of a Latin cross, the Romanesque cathedral of the 11th century has largely disappeared, except for the walls of the nave, after most of the cathedral was rebuilt in the Angevin Gothic style between the 12th...