Bordeaux Travel Guide

Situated in the South-west of France, this amazingly restored city with its spotless new transportation system should be one of your top choices to visit in France. As any cities with a notable history, Bordeaux boasts an Old Town. Apart from this, it has eighteenth and nineteenth-century mansions, prominent art museums and half of the city is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also an extraordinary starting point for the exploration of the nearby wine regions.

Vineyards of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux Vineyards

Things to see and do in Bordeaux

Cathédrale Saint-André, Basilique Saint-Michel, and Basilique Saint-Seurin

All three places are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sights and all three are must-sees in Bordeaux. The breathtaking Gothic cathedral of Saint Andrew is the number one landmark of the city. Saint Michael’s is a gothic church, while Saint Seurin’s is a Romanesque edifice.

Pont de Pierre

The Stone Bridge is a magnificent pedestrian bridge with seventeen arches. It crosses the river Garonne and offers a lovely view of the city to the passers-by.

Place de la Bourse and Miroir d’Eau

The majestic Place de la Bourse encompasses the fountain of the Three Graces and overlooks the meditative Miroir d’Eau (Reflective Pool) worth stopping by.

Grosse Cloche

The Grosse Cloche Belfry (Bell Tower) is one of the most photographed landmarks in Bordeaux. Having an intriguing clock with solar equation dials, this masterpiece is so notable that it made its way on the coat of arms of the city. A famous tourist spot today, historically the bell would toll to mark important events in the life of the community (such as the beginning of grape harvest season), as well as to warn the inhabitants about fires.

Esplanade de Quinconces

This wonderful walking area leads to Place des Quinconces, the largest public square in France and one of the largest ones in Europe as well. The name of the square refers to the shape in which the trees were planted: in staggered rows. It is a venue for ongoing artistic and sporting events, as well as fairs and circus performances. You will find many tourists there resting and recharging, but it is really large so there is a place for everyone. Sit and you will feel at ease.

Tour Pey Berland

The tall Tower of Pey-Berland was erected in the fifteenth century to enhance the Cathedrale Saint-André with a large bell without threatening the stability of its structure. You cannot miss it when you visit the cathedral.

Le Grand Théatre

Constructed during the reign of Louis XVI, the Bordeaux Theatre is a rewarding sight from inside and out. Its facade is decorated with twelve Corinthian columns each topped with a statue representing either an art muse or a Roman goddess. Inside it holds one of the most admirable 18th-century concert halls in the world. Visit the site, but try also to attend one of the events under its glorious roof.

Palais Gallien

This is the name of the remains of the Roman theater in Bordeaux. Its arena is believed to have been built in the 3rd century when the city, then called Burdigala, was the capital of Aquitaine (a Roman province). It is a lovely outdoors activity to stroll between its stones and immerse yourself in the past.

Rue Sainte-Catherine

Nicknamed the longest pedestrian street in Europe, Saint Catherine Street is a 1. 2 kilometre-long  (0. 7 miles) Boulevard for shoppers. Grab a big bag and head for the latest sales.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux

The Museum of Fine Arts of Bordeaux is one of the largest art galleries in France outside of Paris. It shelters paintings, sculptures, and drawings of famous and lesser-known artists. Either you missed the collections in Paris, or you loved them very much, you have another chance to enjoy your favorite painters here, in Bordeaux.

Typical costs

When one thinks of Bordeaux, memories of barista-run coffee shops, food trucks with abundant choices of quick meals, at the same time fine dining and exceptional wine mingle with the exciting, and vibrant sights.

For French cuisine lovers, I would recommend the top two places to dine in Bordeaux: ‘Restaurant Influences’ and ‘Blisss’. If you, however, would like to take a break from the many French delicacies you have already sampled but stay on the Mediterranean side, Lume is a fine Italian restaurant for you.

Pictures of Bordeaux

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