On holiday on the bay ?
Plan a day to visit Bordeaux, a city listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Less than an hour by train, Bordeaux is a must-see in the region. Discover the Gironde capital!
Visit the City of Wine
In the morning, upon opening, visit the Cité du Vin. At the top, you will enjoy an incredible panorama of the Garonne and you can even taste a glass of wine at the end of the visit!
From great Bordeaux vintages to wines from all over the world, the museum offers a fun and sensory journey!
Stroll through the cobbled streets
After the Cité du Vin, the tram will take you to Quartier Saint-Pierre. Its historic cobbled streets invite you to stroll and have a coffee on the terrace, accompanied by a cannelé, a Bordeaux specialty!
Place for lunch, in the Fernand Lafargue district. This trendy neighborhood is home to small “hipster” restaurants, where you eat very well! Not far from here, you will find the Grosse Cloche, a true Bordeaux emblem.
Cool off at the Water Mirror
Nothing beats a nice digestive walk on the quays of Bordeaux. When the weather is fine, it is pleasant to soak your feet in the Miroir d´Eau, an essential site for a first visit to Bordeaux. Opposite, the Place de la Bourse is revealed, magnificent day and night. And if you feel like it, you can sit on the steps of the Miroir d´eau, to read a book facing the Garonne like a true Bordeaux resident !
Shopping trip in Sainte-Catherine Street
From Place de la Bourse, walk up rue Saint-Rémi (known for its many restaurants), and you are in the longest commercial street in Europe: rue Sainte-Catherine. Before the shopping spree, the Grand Théâtre at the top of the street arouses curiosity. This magnificent monument recalls the ancient buildings by its exterior architecture.
A few minutes away, the Place des Quinconces, often hosts events: funfair, flea market, circus … On this largest square in Europe, don’t miss the monument to the Girondins and its fountain, to the north of the square!
From large brands to small shops, Rue Sainte-Catherine is a shopper’s paradise! The new Promenade Sainte-Catherine shopping center allows you to stroll, shop and indulge in a snack near the fountain.
Organize your trip to Bordeaux
Marvel at Bordeaux at night
At nightfall, cross the Pont de Pierre, the oldest in the city of Bordeaux. From the left bank, the view is magnificent. You can admire the lights of Bordeaux, the illuminated docks and the Place de la Bourse in all its splendor. On this bank of the river, very good restaurants overlook the Garonne. You can dine with a view of the right bank, a beautiful evening in perspective !
- When you arrive in Bordeaux, if you can, park your car in one of the many park-and-rides to avoid traffic jams and parking fees. Especially since Bordeaux is a city very well served by trams.
- Un air de Bordeaux, a website with lots of ideas for outings and walks in the city.
- If you want to discover the surroundings of Bordeaux and its vineyards, Saint-Émilion is a very nice little medieval village to visit.
- For a tasting tour in the Bordeaux vineyards, you will find what you need on the bordeauxwinetrip.fr website.