March 21, 2023

Bordeaux is the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area, however is probably higher generally known as the wine capital of the world. Surrounded by among the world’s most well-known vineyards and France’s second largest Atlantic port, it’s a chic metropolis with gorgeous 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 procuring and huge boulevards that are largely pedestrianised. Following my story of our journey to Bordeaux, I assumed I might share with you 12 finest issues to do in Bordeaux


1. Cite du Vin

La Cité du Vin is among the most unusual museums on this planet, a complete 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 individuals to find.  It’s a place which wine lovers from all all over the world ought to deal with as a spot of pilgrimage. The 3000 sq. metre, intensive exhibition house is devoted to delivering a extremely immersive and multi-sensory interactive expertise. Two to 3 hours is adequate time to absorb the 20 or extra installations however the enthusiastic oenophile may simply spend a complete day, perusing the museum. 

Prime tip: Do put aside a while to go to the Belvedere (eighth flooring) the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in 360 diploma panoramic views of town plus take pleasure in a wine tasting session the place you’ll be able to 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 below 18. Youngsters below 6 go to free.

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

Bassins des Lumières

2. Bassins des Lumières

One other spotlight of your time was visiting the large former submarine bunker turned group arts house, Bassins des Lumières.  It’s the largest everlasting artwork set up on this planet with over 13000 sq. metres of house devoted to the show of breathtaking artworks which might be projected in an exhilarating approach, assured to depart you spellbound. It’s the excellent marriage between artwork and expertise. Masterpieces of among 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, totally 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 individuals aged 6-25 qualify for a reduced charge 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, notably at night time 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 superb mist of water each quarter-hour. It’s such a enjoyable function, notably for youngsters.


4. Porte Cailhau – an impressive 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 peak of 35 metres tall and commanding a formidable view over the environment. The victory gate supplied 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 significantly to Bordeaux’s romantic attraction.

Over time, the gates construction and facade have hardly modified. Do notice the carved area of interest on the facet of the tower dealing with 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 tons of of centuries in the past has now been built-in into town partitions and within the present day supplies a view like no different plus, a glimpse right into a romantic interval of historical past. Make certain to go to the exhibition on the primary flooring of the monument displaying the instruments utilized in setting up Porte Cailhau and a brief film that permits 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 take pleasure in avenue arts in Bordeaux

A army barracks has been given a brand new lease of life within the coronary heart of Bordeaux. The venue known as the Darwin Ecosystem and in its present avatar is an attractive, renovated social house serving as a co-working house, grocery store, group hub and natural restaurant. It’s also a spot the place the Bordelais head to seek 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 proper place to view exhibitions devoted to avenue arts. 


6. Go for a ship journey 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 best financial institution and vice-versa, a public transportation system has developed with stoppages at Stalingrad, Quinconces, Les Hangars, La Cité du Vin, and Lormont. Aside from being a sensible technique of navigating backward and forward throughout town, the ferry system , navette fluviale, generally is a stunning option to see town from the waters and benefit from the tranquil passage throughout the Garonne. The total ferry timetable for BAT3 may be discovered here.

As a part of its public transport system, town of Bordeaux supplies 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 need to do the entire line, you need to use it to only cross the river to the opposite facet.


7. Picnic within the Jardin Public

The Jardin Public looks like you will 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, youngsters’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. 

In the present day it appears unusual to absorb this serene surroundings and provides because of historical past as a result of the land was as soon as deemed unsuitable for rising grapes and was thus reworked to leisure house. 

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

A 55 ft huge 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 that Bordeaux is trying in direction of the longer term and it’s this futuristic vibe that absolutely resonates all through this stunning French metropolis.


Prime tip: Uncover Bordeaux on foot

Discovering Bordeaux on foot is the easiest way to expertise town’s variety. 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 superb – We ate so effectively right here. Bordeaux is the capital of wine so you’ll drink some implausible wine right here. Extremely suggest a go to to the ‘Blind’ wine bar. Serving tapas model 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 academic.

Oyster tasting Les Halles des Bacalan

10. Checkout the native markets

Bordeaux can be dwelling to some implausible markets the place you’ll be able to actually contemporary, native meals just like the the Capucins market plus there’s the full of life Les Halles de Bacalan market. ( Nice oysters right here ) My final tip could be to pop into Magasin Normal-an natural restaurant within the Darwin ecosystem the place all of the substances are domestically sourced.


11. Strive Canelé 

For those who have been to style one factor in Bordeaux, it could have been Canelé , dough, gentle and subtly scented with vanilla and rum with a crispy, caramelised exterior. The most effective 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 proper mixture of fashion and luxury, the place company can loosen up and join. The resort’s giant foyer is the place to socialize, with an onsite bar serving native beers and in addition stonebaked pizzas. There are lot of cozy sofas to lounge, tables to work from and and there’s a 24/7 pantry that has snacks and drinks which could be very helpful.


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 type help of Nouvelle Aquitaine Tourisme and Atout France however the views expressed right here, good and unhealthy are solely my very own.