This seaside resort grew rapidly in the nineteenth century, becoming a favourite destination for residents of Bordeaux with the opening of the Bordeaux–Le Verdon train line in 1874. Soulac has never lost the glamour of this period, and holds a celebration of the Belle Epoque every June with the 'Soulac 1900' festival.*
Between the Atlantic ocean and the Gironde estuary, opposite Royan, Soulac is a place of great natural beauty which also offers a wide range of activities, from surfing to bicycle trips.
To help you explore and enjoy, the local tourist board have created 4 deals or 'Passes', which will also help save you money.
The Culture Pass: with a guided tour of the old village and basilica, entrance to the museum of art and archaeology, a guided tour of the Arros coastal battery and a booklet on the history of the village (€9, a saving of €5.20).
The Culture + Pass: all the benefits of the Culture Pass plus a guided tour of the Nord Médoc fort, entrance to the Second World War memorial museum and a tour of the estuary on the cruiser La Bohème (€22, a saving of €8.20).
The Active Pass: Get off on the right foot with a two hour surf lesson! Plus one cinema ticket, a treasure hunt in the Montalivet Adventure Park, and a beginners' archery session (€49, saving you €20).
The Relaxation Pass: enjoy a relaxing body massage or an essential oil face treatment, plus a tanning session and a trip to the cinema: pure indulgence (€47, a saving of €16).
* Soulac 1900. 8th festival to be held on June 4th - 5th 2011, with an 'Acrobatic' theme. The whole town gets dressed up, and the streets are full of parades and period attractions…