12 finest issues to do in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area, however is maybe higher often called the wine capital of the world. Surrounded by a few of the world’s most well-known vineyards and France’s second largest Atlantic port, it’s a chic metropolis with beautiful 18th century structure, tree lined boulevards and a culturally vibrant centre to rival even Paris. The town itself is gorgeous, providing an excellent architectural heritage and packed stuffed with artwork galleries, glorious meals, good buying and large boulevards that are largely pedestrianised. Following my story of our journey to Bordeaux, I believed I’d share with you 12 finest issues to do in Bordeaux


1. Cite du Vin

La Cité du Vin is without doubt one of the most unusual museums on the planet, a whole museum dedicated to the historical past, growth and traits of wine consuming. What I liked about this museum is that it takes the data and heritage of wine making, gathered over numerous generations, from throughout borders and introduced all of it collectively in a single place for folks to find.  It’s a place which wine lovers from all world wide ought to deal with as a spot of pilgrimage. The 3000 sq. metre, in depth exhibition area is devoted to delivering a extremely immersive and multi-sensory interactive expertise. Two to 3 hours is adequate time to soak up the 20 or extra installations however the enthusiastic oenophile may simply spend a whole day, perusing the museum. 

High tip: Do put aside a while to go to the Belvedere (eighth ground) the place you possibly can get pleasure from 360 diploma panoramic views of town plus get pleasure from a wine tasting session the place you possibly can select a glass of wine which is included in your ticket.

Costs: Tickets to the everlasting exhibition, together with a glass of wine on the Belvedere prices €21 and simply €9 for youngsters beneath 18. Youngsters beneath 6 go to free.

Grownup full value, €22.00; Grownup diminished value, €17.60; Kids (6-17 years), €9.00; Kids diminished value, €7.20

Bassins des Lumières

2. Bassins des Lumières

One other spotlight of your time was visiting the big former submarine bunker turned group arts area, Bassins des Lumières.  It’s the largest everlasting artwork set up on the planet with over 13000 sq. metres of area devoted to the show of breathtaking artworks which can be projected in an exhilarating means, assured to depart you spellbound. It’s the excellent marriage between artwork and expertise. Masterpieces of a few of the most well-known artists of all time are projected round 4 basins that present ample projection floor space, reflective swimming pools and excessive ceilings. Gaudi, Dali artworks attain new dimensions with this modern, absolutely immersive expertise at Bassins de Lumières. For extra about present exhibitions go to their website

Costs: Tickets begin from €15 for adults, Seniors €14, Pupil €12.50 whereas younger folks aged 6-25 qualify for a reduced price of €9


3. See the Miroir d’Eau

The Miroir d’Eau, just like the title suggests, is a mirror created by a skinny sheet of water, a mere 2 cm deep and occupying a stupendous space of 37,100 sq. ft. Constructed on granite slabs, the impact created by this reflecting pool, significantly at evening is mesmerising and dizzying – with the thoughts being topic to the trickery of reflection. The golden glow of the honey-toned buildings within the UNESCO heritage Place de la Bourse is to not be missed.

The Water Mirror is the brainchild of designer Michel Corajoud and subsequently the fountain designed by Jean-Max Llorca and architect Pierre Gangnet. The Mirror works from April to October – and sends up a high quality mist of water each quarter-hour. It’s such a enjoyable characteristic, significantly for youngsters.


4. Porte Cailhau – a powerful view of Bordeaux

In 1495 King Charles VII rode into battle at Fornovo and to have fun his victory, a grand metropolis gate/monument was constructed, standing at a formidable top of 35 metres tall and commanding a formidable view over the environment. The victory gate offered an entry level in medieval Bordeaux, celebrating in its design, the glory of the Renaissance. The honey colored stone of the gate together with its a number of gray turrets, make one consider a fairy story citadel in miniature and provides vastly to Bordeaux’s romantic attraction.

Over time, the gates construction and facade have hardly modified. Do observe the carved area of interest on the aspect of the tower going through the river holds a likeness of Charles VIII.

From the highest tower you get nice views of the river and Bordeaux’s skyline.

A memorial to a victory fought a whole lot of centuries in the past has now been built-in into town partitions and within the present day gives a view like no different plus, a glimpse right into a romantic interval of historical past. Ensure that to go to the exhibition on the primary ground of the monument displaying the instruments utilized in setting up Porte Cailhau and a brief film that enables the viewer to step again in Bordelais historical past. 


Costs : Entrance : 5 € | 3,50 € diminished | Free with the Bordeaux Métropole Metropolis Move.

Free for lower than 12 years outdated.



5. Darwin Ecosystem-renovated barracks to get pleasure from road arts in Bordeaux

A navy barracks has been given a brand new lease of life within the coronary heart of Bordeaux. The venue is named the Darwin Ecosystem and in its present avatar is a lovely, renovated social area serving as a co-working area, grocery store, group hub and natural restaurant. Additionally it is a spot the place the Bordelais head to search out out about issues near their coronary heart – festive occasions, a spot for reflection and a lot extra. Citizen activism can be on the agenda in addition to social entrepreneurship. A spot that was a wasteland has been fruitfully repurposed – 3 hectares of goodness and the right place to view exhibitions devoted to road arts. 


6. Go for a ship trip on the Garonne

The Garonne flows from the heights of the Aran Valley within the  Spanish Pyrenees to the port metropolis of Bordeaux, after which it meets the Gironde estuary, flowing into the Atlantic. 

Bordeaux is located on the curvy bend of the Garonne and thus town is geographically divided right into a proper financial institution and left financial institution, with the left financial institution being traditionally extra developed. To navigate the passage of individuals from the left to the suitable financial institution and vice-versa, a public transportation system has developed with stoppages at Stalingrad, Quinconces, Les Hangars, La Cité du Vin, and Lormont. Other than being a sensible technique of navigating from side to side throughout town, the ferry system , navette fluviale, is usually a stunning solution to see town from the waters and benefit from the tranquil passage throughout the Garonne. The complete ferry timetable for BAT3 will be discovered here.

As a part of its public transport system, town of Bordeaux gives a ferry (navette fluviale), that has 5 stops: Stalingrad, Quinconces, Les Hangars, La Cité du Vin, and Lormont (check out the ferry schedule right here). You don’t should do the entire line, you should use it to only cross the river to the opposite aspect.


7. Picnic within the Jardin Public

The Jardin Public appears like you might have been transported into the countryside, from the midst of the busy metropolis and occupying a modest 11 hectares of land serves because the ‘inexperienced lungs’ of town.  Created in 1746 by the French designer, Jacques Ange Gabriel, French design could be very a lot in proof right here. Residence to a Pure Historical past Museum, a botanical backyard, kids’s playground, a bar cum restaurant – L’Orangerie, the a lot acclaimed puppet present – ‘Guignol Guérin’ – swans, geese, centuries outdated bushes, flowers and the Bordelais themselves, having fun with recreation time, the Jardin Public packs a hefty punch. 

Right now it appears unusual to soak up this serene setting and provides due to historical past as a result of the land was as soon as deemed unsuitable for rising grapes and was thus reworked to leisure area. 

8. See Bordeaux’s spaceship within the Bassins à Flot

A 55 ft large spaceship within the midst of the Bassins à Flot grabs you unawares while touring Bordeaux. Designed by the British artist Suzanne Treister, this unlikely, metallic object has been constructed with the concept Bordeaux is trying in direction of the longer term and it’s this futuristic vibe that certainly resonates all through this stunning French metropolis.


High tip: Uncover Bordeaux on foot

Discovering Bordeaux on foot is one of the best ways to expertise town’s range. The ‘Metropolis of The Lumières’, drawn up with a compass by 18th century architects and city planners, is synonymous with concord : hôtels particuliers, stunning squares and avenues are unfold all alongside this route that takes you thru picturesque areas like Saint Rémi and Saint Pierre quarters.


The place to eat and drink in Bordeaux

Blind wine bar

9. Go to Blind Wine Bar

Meals and wine scene right here is wonderful – We ate so effectively right here. Bordeaux is the capital of wine so you’ll drink some incredible wine right here. Extremely suggest a go to to the ‘Blind’ wine bar. Serving tapas type dishes impressed by the homeowners Central / South American roots, every dish is accompanied by blind wine tasting- for me a wine beginner like me, it was very instructional.

Oyster tasting Les Halles des Bacalan

10. Checkout the native markets

Bordeaux can be house to some incredible markets the place you possibly can actually contemporary, native meals just like the the Capucins market plus there may be the energetic Les Halles de Bacalan market. ( Nice oysters right here ) My final tip can be to pop into Magasin Basic-an natural restaurant within the Darwin ecosystem the place all of the elements are regionally sourced.


11. Strive Canelé 

When you have been to style one factor in Bordeaux, it might have been Canelé , dough, comfortable and subtly scented with vanilla and rum with a crispy, caramelised exterior. One of the best place to do this is La Toque Cuivrée.

12. Keep on the Moxy Bordeaux

Moxy Bordeaux has a fab location within the coronary heart of Bassins à Flot , steps from the Cité du Vin and inside strolling distance from the Bassins des Lumières. The Moxy guestrooms are the right mixture of favor and luxury, the place visitors can chill out and join. The lodge’s giant foyer is the place to socialize, with an onsite bar serving native beers and likewise stonebaked pizzas. There are lot of comfortable sofas to lounge, tables to work from and and there’s a 24/7 pantry that has snacks and drinks which could be very useful.


This submit is the 2nd in a collection of options the place I share with you some concepts and inspiration for visiting the area of Nouvelle Aquitaine, particularly the cities of Bordeaux, Angoulême, Cognac and La Rochelle. These guides and journey was made doable with the sort assist of Nouvelle Aquitaine Tourisme and Atout France however the views expressed right here, good and dangerous are totally my very own.