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Gironde Cruises

About the Gironde River

The Gironde is not really a river; technically it is an estuary, a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers flowing into it and thence to the open sea (in this case the Atlantic Ocean at the Bay of Biscay). Formed by the meeting of the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers near the center of Bordeaux, the Gironde is the largest estuary in western Europe: 40 miles long and covering about 245 square miles. It is wide enough in places to have several islands, including Île de Patiras which has grapevines, maize and a lighthouse to aid ship navigation in the area.