The history of Saint-Georges

Saint-Georges past and present

 

Around two centuries ago, at a time when seaside resorts and holidays were still a thing of the future, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne was just a modest small town consisting of two villages: St-Georges and Didonne, as well as the small, adjoining hamlet of Boube.

At that time, the houses were grouped around the old 11th century church and its little cemetery, which was located in what is now the Place de Verdun.

Unlike Didonne, which was mainly an agricultural village, St-Georges’ population consisted mainly of seafarers who fished or transported goods in the Gironde Estuary and along the coastline of the Saintonge region.

The Suzac and Vallières forests did not have hundreds of comfortable villas nestled under their foliage, as they do today. There were no roads through them, just a few sandy paths which were used by the woodcutters.

Today, the modest 500-inhabitant town of 1814 has grown considerably. Over the years, thanks in part to tourism, it has become an elegant resort which welcomes more than 40,000 holidaymakers a year.

Affiche Roger Cartier
Down the centuries
From the Neolithic era to the present day
Rogelio de Egusquiza, Tristan et Isolde (détail)
Legends
Once upon a time in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne...
Rue de Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Odilon Redon – © Bordeaux, musée des Beaux-Arts
Artists
They stayed in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne
La maison-phare
Lighthouses
Some form of beacon has always been necessary to aid shipping...
Chaloupe
The pilots of the Gironde
Where the river meets the ocean.
L'Aéroplage
Aéroplage (Sand yachting)
The sand yacht makes its appearance on our beaches

Events

  • L'HEURE DU CONTE POUR LES ENFANTS À PARTIR DE 2 ANS

    Open all year
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • L'HEURE DU CONTE POUR LES ENFANTS DE 0 À 2 ANS

    Open all year
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • ATELIER LUDOTHEQUE POUR LES ENFANTS

    The 25/11/2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • EXPOSITION DES OEUVRES DE VALÉRIE DÉCORET ET DE JOCELYNE LAURENT

    From 14/ 11/ 2017 to 26/ 11/ 2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • ATELIER D’ÉCRITURE ANIMÉE PAR VÉRONIQUE MOULANIER

    The 16/12/2017 The 27/01/2018
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • BOURSE AUX JOUETS

    The 19/11/2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • SPECTACLE CRÉA - LA FAMILLE VIENT EN MANGEANT

    The 19/11/2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • SPECTACLE CRÉA - HASTA SIEMPRE PEPITO MATEO

    The 24/11/2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • BOURSE AUX JOUETS ET VÊTEMENTS

    The 26/11/2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

  • EXPOSITION DES OEUVRES DE SERGE CHARTON

    From 28/ 11/ 2017 to 10/ 12/ 2017
    ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE

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