History of Langoiran
On a bend of the Garonne south-east of Bordeaux, in the canton of Cadillac, Langoiran was first the seat of a 13th century manor. The medieval castle built by the Escoussans is one of the most prestigious buildings in Aquitaine: a royal fortress in the 15th century, it will also be the residence of the successive presidents of the Parliament of Bordeaux in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its destruction dates from the sling, in 1650. Langoiran is also famous for having been the first quayside port built upstream from the Port de la Lune: its activity reached its peak during the 18th century. The barges built in Langoiran transported stones and wines on the Garonne. Also specializing in cooperage, the town was renowned for this know-how until the Second World War. Langoiran's last cooper closed his workshop in 1974. Rural commune, Langoiran has a relatively stable population since the end of the 18th century, with a range of 1500 to 2000 inhabitants for two centuries. Its demographics have been growing slowly but steadily since the post-war period.
The essentials of Langoiran
Viticulture and tourism are the pillars of the local economy in Langoiran. The small town is made up of three entities which are the town center, known as Haut-Langoiran, around its 11th century Romanesque church, the port on the Garonne and the Pied-du-Château district. The port is home to old fishermen's houses, old relays and old artisan workshops. It is connected to the left bank and to the village of Portets by a metal bridge built by Fives Lille in 1881 according to the principles of Gustave Eiffel. The main point of interest in the Pied-du-Château district is the 13th century medieval fortress, long involved in the struggles between the kings of France and England. Its keep is one of the most imposing in France with its diameter of 16 meters. The district still has old houses, notably rue des Remparts where the buildings often date from the end of the 17th century, as well as the remains of a priory. At the gates of Entre-deux-Mers, Langoiran is a wine-growing town that is home to several renowned châteaux and estates, such as those of Château Biac and the Dufis vineyard.
Living in Langoiran
The location and history of this town of 2,200 inhabitants allow it to offer its inhabitants a very high quality living environment 25 minutes from the historic center of Bordeaux. Langoiran’s health services are comprehensive, thanks to the presence of several general practitioners, various specialists (angiologist, cardiologist, podiatrist), dentists and a medical analysis laboratory. Ideal town to live in at any age, Langoiran has a full range of local shops, with an optician and a pharmacy, a bakery, a grocery store and a butcher, several hairdressing salons and wellness institutes, a florist, bars and restaurants. You will also find a supermarket and a DIY store in the Langoiran area. Families wishing to settle in this small town on the banks of the Garonne will find many services for children, including a school group, an after-school reception, a school transport shuttle and a library. Sports and cultural associations are numerous in the town, offering its inhabitants permanent entertainment and large-scale events (carnivals, gastronomic competitions, etc.). During high tides, Langoiran is finally the meeting place for surfers who come to challenge the Tidal Bore, a breaking wave that forms on the Garonne and offers an unusual spectacle to be admired from the Eiffel Bridge.