The Best Things To Do In Bordeaux

This charming city, known for its great-tasting wine and for being a UNESCO World Heritage site really does have a lot to offer. The Garonne river forms the backbone of this city and the stunning architecture captivates and mesmerises at the same time. With so many things to see and do, it is a city that is well worth exploring. You can turn your visit into one that is both relaxing or busy, proving that the city of Bordeaux really does cover your every need.

Place de la Bourse

The Place de la Bourse is the large main square in Bordeaux. It is quite possibly the city’s most recognisable landmark and took over 20 years to construct. In front of the Place de la Bourse is ‘le mirior d’eau’ which is a large reflective lake, creating a magical setting. 

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux 

The theatre was first introduced in 1780. The decorations were a vibrant blue, white and gold, which were the colours of the royalty in past centuries. Many famous artists throughout history have performed in the Grand Theatre.  

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Musee des Beaux-arts

This museum of fine arts in Bordeaux is one of the largest art galleries in France outside of the capital Paris. Its collections contain sculptures and paintings by famous artists throughout history. 

Take a visit to the Chatrons District

This is one of the smartest neighbourhoods in the city where you can explore grand mansions and former warehouses. If shopping is your thing then you can visit the chic boutiques, browse antiques and embrace this wonderful part of Bordeaux. Once you have finished browsing, you can sample traditional French cuisine in one of the many bistros on offer.

Chatrons District Trams

Cathedrale St-Andre

Cathedrale St-Andre is the cities main church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux. Its Gothic architecture is something to behold. Located next to the Cathedral is the Tour Pey-Berland which is a large bell tower. The bell tower was built separately to prevent potential damage caused by the vibrations of the bell on the Cathedral. Discover more Gothic cathedrals in European cities.
Cathedrale St-Andre

Embrace the Architecture

Even in recent years, Bordeaux was not one of the prettiest cities to visit. But now things have changed. The city has undergone a makeover to the point where it has celebrated being a Unesco-listed site for the last ten years. There are so many sumptuous buildings to explore. These include the Places des Quinconces and the Chateau Trompette. Here you can embrace the incredible designs and history of the city. Head to the Place de la Bourse, and you can marvel at the amazing views.

Modern Design of the Cite du Vin

Bordeaux is all about the wine and you cannot get away from it. While that is no bad thing, you should take a trip to the Cite du Vin which can be found on the water’s edge. Head inside and explore the exhibition where you can learn about the wines. You can even have a glass or two at the same time. There are workshops on offer and tasting experiences, giving you the chance to understand exactly why wine is so important to the city.

Cite du Vin

Take a Look Over the City

Often, to embrace a special place, you have to see it from a different view. That is why you should pay a visit to the Pey-Berland tower. The building stands away from the Saint-Andre cathedral and with 229 steps to climb, the wait is certainly worth it. The 12th-century bell tower has more than great views as there is also a incredible history to it. The tower was built to house the tenor bell that the old 12th-century tower was incapable of doing because of the weight. Once you get to the top, you will find yourself 50m above ground, where you can then take in the magnificent views.

Pont de pierre

Take a Bike Ride

Bordeaux is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Europe. So why not borrow a bike at a cost of €1.50 per day and explore the city on two wheels. You can avoid the traffic, get more from your visit. Be sure to follow many of the cycle routes. These will help you to cover the tourist hot-spots of this magnificent city. Whether you choose a leisurely ride along the river banks or decide to go an adventure, you won’t be disappointed.

Bordeaux Tours & Attractions

Map of Bordeaux

Events In Bordeaux

Les Epicuriales – May- June

For the duration of this event, the Allees-de-Tourny becomes a giant outdoor restaurant. The city comes together to celebrate food and drink. The many restaurants come together to take over the area. And with cookery classes and meals cooked by Michelin-starred chefs, you are never far away from amazing food. The tastes will simply blow you away. With around 20 pop up restaurants and 350,000 visitors, this is no small event. But if you are a foodie then this is an event that you have to try!

Medoc Marathon – September

This is a marathon with a real twist. But now in its 33rd year, it is a marathon that is every bit gruelling. It is very interesting because of the way in which it incorporates food and drink. Along the route, there are food and wine opportunities that the 8,500 runners can take advantage of including oysters, ham, steak and wine. There is a lively atmosphere as this is as much of a get-together as it is a marathon. With live bands, dancing, fireworks and even more food and drink, you certainly won’t be left wanting. So, even if you are not taking part in the marathon, you can still embrace the amazing atmosphere.

Hotels In Bordeaux

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