When you think of Bordeux your mind goes straight to the excellent red wine produced in the surrounding countryside. The French city is an almost obligatory stop for all wine lovers, but we can assure you that this is not the only reason to visit it. If you feel like spending a weekend immersed in a typically French atmosphere, then we suggest you book a weekend in Bordeaux. In this article we suggest how best to organize it.
Day 1: discovering the city
We recommend that you spend the first day of your weekend in Bordeaux exploring the city and its main attractions.
Place de la Bourse
The first stop can only be Place de la Bourse, the heart of the city. Here you will find one of the most evocative places in Bordeaux: the Miroir d’eau, a huge stretch of water that reflects all the buildings of the square creating a truly spectacular scenery. You will take wonderful photographs!
Saint Andrew’s Cathedral
Entering the historic centre of the city, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, you will encounter the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Its 124 meters long and 23 meters high and the Gothic architectural style make it majestic.
If you want you can climb the bell tower, the Tour Pey-Berland: once you have climbed its more than 200 steps you can admire a wonderful view of the city.
Basilica of Saint Michel
Our advice, however, is to climb the bell tower of the Basilica of Saint Michel. With its 144 meters high, it is, in fact, one of the highest in France.
As you can imagine, the view is unforgettable.
Among the things to see in Bordeaux is definitely the Porte de la Grosse-Cloche.
The “big bell gateway” is one of the symbols of the city. It was built in the 15th century and owes its name to the huge bell cast in 1775 that you can see inside the arch above the building.
Rue Sainte Catherine
Rue Sainte Catherine, with its 1200 metres, is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe.
The street is the heart of Bordeaux shopping and is the right place to shop.
To the north the street reaches the Place de la Comedie where the Opera House is located: this square is one of the most elegant in the whole city.
To conclude your first day in Bordeaux we suggest you enjoy a sunset on the riverside.
Along the banks of the Garonne, the river that crosses the city, many of the old commercial warehouses have been transformed into places of art, culture and entertainment. It won’t be difficult to find a typical little restaurant or a place to stop and enjoy a good glass of wine.
If you have decided to spend a weekend in Bordeaux as a couple, know that this is one of the most romantic places in the city.
Day 2: Gastronomy and wine
We’ve come to day two of your weekend in Bordeaux. After exploring the city centre on your own, our suggestion is to dedicate the day to discovering the gastronomic excellence of Bordeaux.
Cité du Vin
An unmissable stop in this French city is the Cité du Vin. This place is not just a museum, but a real 360° experience. Inside you will learn everything there is to know about wine through an interactive and sensory journey that will amaze and surprise you.
The visit can only end with a wine tasting on the top floor of the building from where you can also admire a beautiful view of the centre of Bordeaux.
Food tour of Bordeaux
Before leaving the city, there’ s one last thing to do: you wouldn’t want to leave without first discovering the secrets of Bordeaux cuisine, would you?
Your weekend won’t be complete until you’ve tasted the typical dishes of the city and to do so the suggestion is to take part in our food tour of Bordeaux. This is a new and very special way to explore the city. Along the way you will be accompanied by a local guide who will take you to discover some of the iconic places of Bordeaux telling you curiosities and anecdotes, each stage will be interspersed with a series of tasty stops. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the best wines of Bordeux, a series of excellent cheeses and some homemade dishes according to local traditions. You won’t easily forget this delicious walk in the heart of the city, trust me!
We are waiting for you. In the meantime, we hope to have given you a number of useful tips to help you plan your weekend in Bordeaux to perfection.