Take a trip to Bordeaux
After years of renovation, the city known as “The Sleeping Beauty” has awakened. Bordeaux, home of the second highest number of certified monuments in France, has kept its harmonious architecture, uniting enlightenment era urbanism with bold modernism. With its vineyards and magnificent scenery, notably the Arcachon basin and the dune of Pilat, it’s the perfect destination for exploring the New-Aquitaine region.
It’s up to you to explore!
Tour guides in Bordeaux
Five ideas for guided tours in Bordeaux
The Port de la Lune (Port of the Moon)
Ranked a UNESCO world heritage site and located in the heart of historical downtown, the Port de la Lune (named after the crescent shape traced by the Garonne river through the city), has served as a point of commerce, colonialism and tourism. It covers more than 1,800 acres, making up more than a third of Bordeaux’s surface area, and brings a rare beauty to the urban landscape. A pathway has been established: copper plates on the ground indicate must-see sites and will guide you from one place to the next. You will also find a list of interesting spots at the local Tourist Office.
Be sure not to miss the gates of the medieval city, its quaint squares, alleyways and splendid historical buildings. A little tip: return at nighttime to enjoy how different lighting enhances the beauty of these places.
The Parc aux angéliques (Park of Angels)
In need of some green? Head out on foot or by bicycle towards an immense stretch of greenery along the Garonne’s right bank. Recently renovated in 2018, the Park of Angels is located between the Pierre and Chaban-Delmas Bridges. You are sure to enjoy the luxurious vegetation throughout the park. The renowned landscaper Michel Desvigne took care to reintroduce more than 40,000 plants from local spots, including cherrywood, ash and maple trees. Ideal for relaxing, or a picnic with family or friends, this lovely expanse of trees and flowers awaits you (not to mention the 700-meter-long pergola.)
Saint Pierre, the historical center
This spot once served as a Gallo-Roman port and is named after the patron saint of fishermen. The port’s entryway was previously located in Saint-Pierre Square before being filled in. In olden days, the neighborhood was home to many shopkeepers and to this day streets carry the names of ancient trades: Chai des Farines (grain storehouse) street, Argentiers (silversmith) street, Bahutiers (trunk sellers) street… The Saint-Pierre district is lively and pleasant to visit thanks to limited automobile traffic. Looking to rest for a while? Sit out front a restaurant or café before treating yourself to a shopping session in the many, local businesses. And above all, don’t hesitate to contact a Tourist guide in Bordeaux who will take you on a real journey through time.
Since the recent renovation of the Garonne’s left bank, strolling has become a pastime for Bordeaux locals and tourists alike. There’s something for everyone: discover 18th century monuments and facades, take advantage of an extraordinary playground, or enjoy skateboarding, roller skating and BMX in France’s largest skatepark.
A stroll along the quays will take you from the Pierre Bridge to the Bacalan district. Make sure that you don’t miss these sites along the way:
– The Miroir d’eau (mirror of water), facing the Bourse square. This expanse of granite slabs covered in a thin layer of water brings joy to young and old alike on particularly hot days (Attention: the mirror only functions from May to October.)
– If you like science, head to Cap Sciences, located at the foot of the Chaban-Delmas Bridge. The center has many activities for children in addition to its large, yearly exhibition.
– If you prefer taking a boat ride, choose a river cruise and admire the magnificent vineyards of Blayais or Médoc from the water.
A wine connoisseur? What better way to discover the region, its cuisine and cultural heritage than by exploring its vineyards? Six legendary routes are available to you:
– Médoc, to the northwest, with its series of chateaus.
– To the south, Graves and Sauternes cradle the Bordeaux wine-growing region.
– Pomerol and the medieval village of Saint-Emilion are to the northeast.
– Along the banks of Dordogne is the magnificent coastal route, home to Blaye and Bourg.
– L’Entre-deux-Mers, known as Bordeaux’s Toscany, is in the countryside of the Garonne’s right bank.
– More than 20 chateaus are located in Bordeaux itself, making up the city’s own wine-growing region.
Always remember to drink in moderation!