How to Get There:
There is a train station to Saint Macaire, so if you don’t have a car it’s not a problem. The walk into the historic part of town is around 15 minutes. If you drive, parking is easy and usually available below town or just next to the village on the outside of wall near Belle Lurette.
What to see:
Nouvelle Aquitaine is a region of a thousand villages so choosing which one to visit is never easy, even for those of us living here! In the summer months, there are so many fun events that you’ll always feel like you’re missing something. In the winter, while many shops may be closed and some feel like a ghost town, visiting during those cold months is a great way to explore and discover a village in solitude and at your own pace. Plan ahead by contacting the Saint Macaire tourist office at least a week in advance and you can still get a guided tour (in English or French).
Saint Macaire has an amazing, medieval festival in the end of summer – with crafts, gastronomy, beverages, evening dinner and authentic costume which can be rented for the day through the city, even fireworks at night. It’s a really fun event for the whole family!
Market days in town are Thursday and Sunday morning in the ‘Place de Mercadiou’, surrounded by arcaded medieval homes and store fronts.
Saint-Sauveur Church – 12th-century church with artwork gracing its interior and splendid painted apse – Hours may vary depending on church services – 9 Place de l’Église, 33490 Saint Macaire
Simone et Les Mauhargats – https://www.simoneetlesmauhargats.com/ – Friendly art gallery and artisan collective with something to please anyone, on any budget. Events as well, such as art classes or coffee meetups. Open daily from 10am – 630pm with lunch break, and Wednesday / Sunday from 12pm – 6pm / 19 rue Carnot, 33490 Saint Macaire / Phone +33 (0)9 67 01 24 33 / firstname.lastname@example.org / https://www.simoneetlesmauhargats.com/
Where to Eat:
During the summer months don’t miss the evening market or ‘marche nocturne‘ with live entertainment and lots of food stands.
Wherever you decide to eat, don’t miss an opportunity to have a glass of local wine. At the bottom of the hill to Saint Macaire, the Garonne river used to touch the town and boat loads of wine would make their way to Bordeaux. Sadly, the rare Saint Macaire grape isn’t grown much in the region anymore, but biodynamic producer Chateau Cazebonne will have their first bottle of 2020 Saint Macaire ready for purchase in 2021!
L’Abricotier – charming, well-priced hotel/restaurant with great produce and service; in summer you can enjoy sitting under the pergola or under the large trees. Right next to train station and also a hotel – 2 rue Bergoeing Saint Macaire / Open Tuesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner / Reservations via phone +33 (0)5 56 76 83 63 / email@example.com / http://www.restaurant-labricotier.com / you can also make reservations through The Fork.
La Belle Lurette – locals, no thrills restaurant with good 12 Euro weekday lunch menu (I had 1/2 duck breast and fries); events and bands playing year round, check the website for more information – http://www.bar-labellelurette.com / 2 Place du Général de Gaulle – Open for lunch-only all week and dinner Saturdays – Reservations via phone +33 (0)5 56 63 02 42 or LaForuchette
Where to Stay :
Les Feuilles d’Acanthe – Located right in the old town, this three star hotel is in a 16th century building that has been completely refurbished. Restaurant inside as well as jacuzzi / 6 Rue Carnot, 33490 Saint Macaire / +33 (0)5 56 62 33 75 / https://hotel-saint-macaire.fr
For more Information :
If you want to visit someplace else locally, try going to Saint Croix du Mont or Verdelais.