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Saint-Émilion is a small wine town located 35 km (22 mi) northeast of Bordeaux, between Libourne and Castillon-la-Bataille in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwestern France. It is a medieval town in the Gironde department and stands magnificently on top of the hill overlooking the Dordogne valley. 

The town is an incredible open-air museum with a medieval atmosphere and has many bars, restaurants and wine shops to explore. The most surprising remains are probably its underground monuments: a unique monilithic church, and more than 70 hectares of underground excavations.

You can walk from one side of the town to the other in under 10 minutes. Large cars, vans and trucks are not allowed into the city and are encouraged to park about 10-15 minutes walk outside the town center. Smaller cars and vans under 2 meters wide are allowed to park closer to the center, but are only allowed to enter the town at night.

- Wikivoyage

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