Must see attractions in St-Émilion

  • Sights in St-Émilion

    Cloître des Cordeliers

    Within the ruined cloisters of a 14th-century Franciscan monastery, winery Les Cordeliers has made sparkling Crémant de Bordeaux wine in its ancient cellars for over a century. Twice-daily walking tours of the cellars (€11 including tastings of three wines, 1½ hours) take in a fraction of the 3km of subterranean tunnels; mid-April to October there are also tuk-tuk tours (€20 including one flute of Crémant, 80 minutes). Admission to the gardens and atmospheric ruins is free.

  • Sights in St-Émilion

    Clocher de l’Église Monolithe

    For captivating views of the hilltop hamlet, borrow one of four keys from the tourist office to climb the 196 spiralling steps of this 68m-high bell tower, built to crown subterranean rock church Église Monolithe (only open to guided tours) during the 12th to 15th centuries. Village and vineyard views from the top of its Flamboyant Gothic spire are beautiful – on a clear day you can spot Bordeaux.

  • Sights in St-Émilion

    Tour du Roy

    Climb 118 steps inside this sturdy square tower – what's left of a 13th-century donjon – for a 360-degree panorama of the town, Dordogne River and its bucolic valley.

  • Sights in St-Émilion

    Église Collégiale

    A domed Romanesque 12th-century nave dominates the former Collégiale, which also boasts an almost-square vaulted choir built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Its tranquil 12th- to 14th-century cloister is a venue for cultural events.

  • Sights in St-Émilion

    Porte de la Cadène

    Defensive city walls were built around St-Émilion by the English in the 13th century. Several surviving sections of the medieval walls and gates can be accessed from rue Guadet, including Porte de la Cadène.