Libourne as a royal fortification was incorporated in 1270 under the leadership of King Henry III. English knight Sir Roger de Leyburn, newly promoted to the honorary rank of Lieutenant to the King, was responsible for its construction at the site of the Gallo-Roman port settlement of Condatis. As dialects changed, the City of Leyburn became Libourne.
Situated at the confluence of the Isle and the Dordogne at the start of the Gironde estuary, Libourne has the distinction of being the main maritime navigation port on the Dordogne, almost 100 km inland! This situation, unique in the world, privileged the town's exchanges with the wider world and the development of the flourishing wine trade, making it one of the most prosperous towns in the Aquitaine region.
At that time, hundreds of ships could always be seen, sailing from the port of Libourne to England, loaded with barrels filled with wine.
Since 2011, the city has renewed its port history with the development of tourism on the rivers.
From a meeting of two rivers, Libourne has also become a meeting place of tradition,s, styles, languages and people...
Today, it opens its doors to visitors from all over the world, coming to find out more about its singular history and striking beauty!