Part of the world’s wine capital, Bordeaux, is considered a UNESCO heritage site for its XVIII century architecture. The city’s old historic centre including its harbour, quay, medieval intra-muros as well as a stretch on the right hand side of the river Garonne forms part of the prestigious classification.
What's to do in 1, 2, 3 days in Bordeaux? What's to see? Places should not to be missed? Here are our favourite top 10 sites for you to discover :
This impressive building is located at the beginning of the Sainte-Catherine shopping high street, in front of the famous Grand Hôtel where Gordon Ramsay is head chef. The national opera house dates back to the late 18th century and on the left hand side behind its beautiful Corinthian columns, is a brasserie run by Philippe Etchebest, one of France’s top chefs
The square on which the stunning cathedral is found has various identities: it is known as Hôtel de Ville (in reference to the town hall found behind the cathedral) and as Place Pey Berland (in reference to the bell tower). Anne of Austria and King Louis XIII were married here in 1615.
The Water Mirror
Just in front of the Place de la Bourse, is a unique expanse of shallow water, which conjures up a reflection of the beautiful buildings. “Bourse”, meaning “stock exchange” reminds of a time of business exchange and grey, curly wigs. Now, it is a photo hotspot for tourists and a great way to cool down under the summer sun.
Bordeaux’s public garden is a natural spot in the middle of the city with a lake, small bridges and open grassy space for picnics.
This neighbourhood is a maze of tight, charming, Medieval alleyways that zigzag between a great number of incredible squares, churches, restaurants and bars. It is best to let yourself wonder as there is no logic behind these small streets.
The regional museum is found just outside of the St.Pierre district following Cours Pasteur from the cathedral to Place de la Victoire. Here, you can learn about the history of the region- including Aquitaine’s role in the slave trade.
The banks that accompany the river Garonne on its journey to the Atlantic have undergone a spectacular transformation. 15 years ago, the riverfront was abandoned as port activity dwindled. Today, the river is a source of life and energy for the city. Whether it be by bike, on rollerblades or by foot, taking a stroll along the waterfront and admiring the 18th century buildings is a favourite past time of many Bordelais.
Running in a straight line down the centre of Bordeaux, you have the longest high street in Europe. One kilometre of shops stretches from the Place de la Comédie (where the Grand Hôtel is) to the Place de la Victoire. Another two shopping centres are Promenade Sainte-Catherine and Les Grands Hommes, two steps away from Cours de l’Intendance.
In the multicultural district of Saint.-Michel, there is a fabulous open market where you can sit down for lunch or you can buy your own fresh fish, spices, foie-gras, cheese… the hustle and bustle of the market is a must
In the posh Chartrons district, which touches the northern part of the waterfront, there is an exquisite market every Sunday. Here you can buy local produce and have lunch whilst looking out over the river Garonne. Oysters, fish and chips, paella… bon appétit!