Pointe de Grave

Gironde  >  France

Pointe de Grave is the northernmost tip of the pine-clad sandy coastline of Western France and forms the south coast of the Gironde estuary.

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Most recent update 14 January 2022


Pointe de Grave is one of the best places in western France to watch migrating birds during spring. Loads of birds are spotted when northeasterlies/easterlies blow: Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, European Turtle Dove, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Linnet, European Goldfinch amongst the most abundant.



As migration spot it's best to come very early in the morning and sit on the dune, facing South. By train: from Bordeaux to Pointe de Grave station, By car: there is a free car park right at the tip where the road stops.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Sea , Dunes , Beach


Sandy , Dry , Open landscape , Dusty

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season


Best time to visit

Spring migration


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Boat

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

A team is on the spot every day from March to May to count the birds. You are always welcome to join them.

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