Who could have imagined that Libourne, born in 1270 at the instigation of Henry II, King of England, would have taken the economic, tourist, sporting and wine-growing turn that we know today ?
Libourne was built in the 13th century by the knight Sir Roger de Leyburn, who gradually gave his name to the town. Libourne was born ! The city has therefore benefited from a strategic location. Located at the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, it used to have a seaport at its centre. Every day, barges came to buy salt, wine or oil, which were highly sought after at the time. Today, the port has become a tourist activity. Each year it welcomes 25,000 cruise passengers from all over the world to discover the Bordeaux region by river. In 2018, the platforms were completely renovated. Restaurateurs and residents have taken pleasure in cohabiting, and the atmosphere is both friendly and relaxed.
The Dordogne also allows the appearance of tidal bores. Thanks to the Gironde estuary, the Garonne is cradled by the Atlantic, 100 kilometres to the west, and attracts surfers from around the world every year.
If Libourne appears as an emblematic tourist place of the region, it is also thanks to its vineyard. The city is surrounded by many AOC such as Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Fronsac, Canon-Fronsac, Bordeaux or Bordeaux Supérieur. Wine shapes the economic, geographical and cultural life of the region. Both inhabitants and winegrowers have a regional pride which can be found at the table around a good red wine.
Finally, how can we finish without talking about sport ? From the international nautical centre that will host the Olympic Games in 2024 to the Jean-Antoine Moueix stadium where national rugby and football matches are played, every year Libourne hosts national and world sporting events that mark the daily life of its citizens. With the opening in 2021 of the brand new aquatic centre, La Calinésie, Libourne has not finished with sports !