Do check out one of Bordeaux’s best kept secrets, the urban shelters.
Scattered across the city parks, the shelters offer the opportunity to rough it for a night off the beaten track, in places you wouldn’t have thought possible. The good news, they’re free - the bad news, they fill up fast, so book ahead. There are 7 in total, and range from the futuristic ‘Nuit Americaine’ in Bassens, perched on a hillside, to La Vouivre, a lakeside wooden cabin in a suburban park.
The shelters offer rudimentary accommodation (generally without electricity or running water and not all are suitable for young children).