The city of Gascony, mainly famous for its wine, in the last years has become one of the favorite destinations to spend a weekend in the city. If you too are planning a weekend in the city, then in this short guide you will find some advices about the places to visit in Bordeaux absolutely.
1. Place de la Bourse
Place de la Bourse is without a doubt one of the places to visit in Bordeaux.
Here you can admire the Miroir d’eau, a large mirror of water that reflects the buildings around it, creating a play of light and mirror images that are truly impressive. It is a paradise for photographers!
We advise you to come here at sunset, when the colors are even more magnificent. If you linger here after the sun has disappeared, you can take even better photos by playing with the artificial lights of the buildings.
2. Saint-André Cathedral
Another unmissable stop is the Saint-André Cathedral, an imposing building in Gothic style that measures 124 meters long and 23 meters high.
Climbing the bell tower means being able to appreciate perhaps the best view of Bordeaux: but be careful, you have to climb about 200 steps.
Don’t miss the Portail Royale, one of the portals of the church on which you can admire scenes from the Last Judgment.
3. Door of the Grosse-Cloche
The third of the places to visit in Bordeaux that we recommend is the Porte de la Grosse-Cloche, the “Door of the Big Bell”. This is one of the symbols of the city.
The door dates back to the 15th century, but the huge bell was cast only in 1775 and, therefore, even the name is definitely more recent.
If at one time the bell rang to announce any important event for the city, today it rings only on special occasions: January 1, May 1, May 8, July 14, August 28 and November 11 and every first Sunday of the month at 11.00 am sharp.
4. Garonne riverside
The Garonne riverfront is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll.
What was once a simple port warehouse is now one of the most beautiful quays in Europe.
The old warehouses have been converted into stores, restaurants and cultural venues, and parks and playgrounds open up in the surrounding area.
The most magical moment to come here is definitely the sunset.
5. Rue Sainte Catherine
Shopaholics, on the other hand, will not be able to miss a walk along Rue Sainte Catherine, a street full of fashionable stores.
The street is just over a kilometer long and connects Place de la Comedie to Place de la Victoire.
In addition to the big stores, in the area you will also find many cafes, restaurants and some craft stores.
Since 1984, the street has been completely pedestrian, which makes it absolutely perfect for a stroll.
6. City of Wine
How could there not be a museum dedicated to wine in Bordeaux?
Cité du Vin is a not-to-be-missed stop in the city and not only if you love wine: through the path you will have the opportunity to live a 360° experience in order to understand the deep bond Bordeaux has with this product.
The history of wine is told through an itinerary which includes sensorial and interactive stages and ends with a tasting on the terrace of the top floor of the building.
For more information about schedules and prices of tickets we suggest you to visit the official website of the City of Wine.
7. Jardin Botanique
If you will visit Bordeaux during the good season there is a place you absolutely must visit: the Jardin Botanique.
The garden is divided into six areas that reflect six different landscapes where you can immerse yourself and relax. You’ll find a water garden, an area dedicated to the flora of the city’s surroundings and an arboretum, but also numerous greenhouses where you can lose yourself among cacti, citrus fruits and palms.
The entrance to the Botanical Garden is free.
We hope we have given you some ideas on places to visit in Bordeaux during your stay and we would like to invite you to participate in our gastronomic tour of the French city. Our local guides are ready to accompany you to discover Bordeaux and the delicacies of the area: cheeses, onion soups, traditional dishes and, of course, lots of wine!
We are waiting for you!