Bordeaux is a type of cities that’s unimaginable for a metropolis break and an extended little jaunt into the countryside and vineyards that encompass this area of France. Straight after our go to to the attractive spots within the Dordogne, I knew I needed to get myself over to Bordeaux and that’s one thing we did just lately, with our street journey across the space – with a hefty little cease off in Bordeaux itself. There are such a lot of issues to do in Bordeaux that you just’ll really be spoilt for selection… it’s the kinda metropolis that may be as enjoyable, buzzing or vibrant as you need.
Anyway, earlier than I ramble on, I wished to share a number of the high spots and issues to do in Bordeaux once you go to. It truly is a surprising metropolis that I’m virtually sure you’ll love.
Check out a number of the greatest issues to do in Bordeaux. 🇫🇷
1.) See the Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux
Presumably one of many very oldest belfries within the area, the Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux is likely one of the many issues to see in Bordeaux – and it’s completely free and straightforward to identify too!
Stunning erected in 1775, this gatehouse was crafted with two clocks and a bell tower; which changed a earlier constructing that was broken by fireplace way back within the 18th-century. A close-by plaque has the inscription that ‘the bell was the bearer of all good and unhealthy tidings to the individuals of Bordeaux.’
Oh, and don’t neglect to take a look at either side of the tower as there are two completely different clocks to admire.
2.) See Miroir d’Eau
The Water Mirror is smack-bang subsequent to the Place de la Bourse and it’s recognized for having the world’s largest reflecting pool. Now, this would possibly sound unusual, nevertheless it’s completely cool and one of many best issues to see in Bordeaux. You may’t miss it.
It offers a fantastic perspective on seeing the town and, truthfully, it’s considered one of my favorite spots for an image. You’ll adore it right here.
If you’ll want to heat your cockles, head over to 3Montbazon who’ve a number of the greatest brews within the metropolis. Their espresso is unimaginable.
3.) Take a day journey to Saint-Émilion
Should you’re spending various days in Bordeaux, take the chance to pop within the automobile (or be a part of a tour) and get your self over to the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Website of Saint-Émilion.
This small village is completely picturesque and it’s a fantastic place to study extra in regards to the areas award-winning and world-renowned wines (that you just’ll get to attempt).
After wandering by the historic cobbled streets, take a tour of the Monolithic Church which nonetheless stands to this present day. It was so unimaginable to see in particular person. Additionally, in the event you’re in search of an area winery, pop over to Chateau La Dominique the place they’ll undergo and allow you to style a number of the yummiest wines of the area.
See extra on what to do in Saint-Émilion in our put up, right here
4.) Discover Cité du Vin
Look, there’s no getting round it, Bordeaux is stuffed with every little thing wine associated… and rightly so! It’s scrumptious. One of many newer (and presumably essentially the most iconic buildings) is the Cité du Vin – which stands proudly on the water’s edge.
Inside you’ll discover some exhibitions to study extra about wines from Bordeaux and even seize a tipple too. One factor I really like most about Cité du Vin is that they commonly run workshops on issues like; the wines of authors, the wines of musicians and tasting experiences which might be nice in the event you’re not leaving the town to go to a winery.
5.) Ramble by Jardin Public
Yup, each metropolis has a park however what makes the Jardin Public so particular is its dimension and what’s inside. Not solely is the proper little spot to walk across the metropolis’s inexperienced areas, it really holds an arboretum, library and the Museum of Pure Historical past to discover too. You may simply spend a day simply wandering round all these spots.
Situated on the Place Champs de Mars, it’s among the best issues to do in Bordeaux on a stunning (and scorching) summers day.
6.) Discover Marche des Quais
This quayside market is a good way to spend your time searching for native produce on a Sunday morning. There’s a massive collection of stalls promoting recent bread, greens and different native produce. We even ended up with some shellfish that had been ready proper in entrance of us!
The market closes round 1 pm, by that point most stalls have offered the vast majority of the objects they delivered to promote. So, because of this the sooner you arrive – the extra selection you’ll have. It’s among the best issues to do in Bordeaux on a Sunday (after having a tipple of native wine, in fact).
7.) Gorge at Le 7 Restaurant
After exploring a number of the issues to do in Bordeaux, you’ll undoubtedly work up a hefty urge for food (nicely, I do at the least) – so this suggestion is all about meals! Based mostly inside the iconic Wine Metropolis constructing, Le 7 Restaurant is one superb spot to go to for a number of the tastiest meals, all while overlooking the unimaginable views of the port of the Moon and the remainder of the town.
Simply be sure to e book your desk upfront, it will get fairly busy right here and also you gained’t need to miss it.
8.) Keep in a citadel
There are many gorgeous locations to remain in Bordeaux, with the Resort des Quinconces being a surprising spot to relaxation your head. Alternatively, in the event you’re wanting a barely completely different expertise, e book someplace out of the town and escape to the nation at Chateau Belles Vignes.
We had essentially the most superb keep right here and it’s such a beautiful spot to expertise. I do know you’ll adore it too.
Learn extra about our keep at Chateau Belles Vignes, right here
9.) Take pleasure in Musee de Vin et Negoce
Musee de Vin et Negoce is Bordeaux’s Wine and Commerce Museum (to present it a not so suave English translation) that’s perched within the space of Chartrons. As a metropolis, Bordeaux has a deep and ingrained historical past of wine commerce and every little thing wine associated. What makes this spot so particular is that it’s positioned within the cellars of King Louis XV’s official wine service provider. How cool is that?
Nestled on Rue Borie, it’s a fantastic little spot to cease off for a bit tour a wine tasting.
10.) Discover Parc Bordelaise
After lunch, take a while to see a number of the different issues to see and do in Bordeaux and it’s inexperienced areas, in fact. This 19th-century park started life as a public promenade, that’s now lined with a whopping 3,00zero timber. It’s a beautiful place that you just’ll spot many locals (and guests) strolling by on the weekend.
Be certain that to maintain your eyes peeled for the standard Guignol puppet reveals that happen right here on most weekends and holidays.
11.) Cathedrale Saint-Andre
Cathedrale Saint-Andre is likely one of the Bordeaux’s most well-known cathedrals that’s perched on Place Pey Berland. It’s one of the vital superb issues to see and do in Bordeaux, not simply due to its sheer scale, but additionally it’s magnificent structure and heritage that dates again centuries.
Constructed manner again within the 11th century, the lengthy historical past of the cathedral consists of the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Louis VII (which you’ll discover out extra about in your go to).
Should you time your go to proper chances are you’ll be fortunate sufficient to nab a free live performance of an organ recital or the symphony orchestra taking part in. Fingers crossed!
12.) Place de la Bourse
One a closely guarded place with excessive fencing (earlier than the French Revolution), the Place de la Bourse is now far more open and a part of the town of Bordeaux and one gorgeous place to see once you’re within the metropolis.
Just like the Water Mirror, it’s very easy to see and also you’ll little doubt come throughout this many occasions throughout your ramble throughout the town. It truly is picture-perfect and among the best issues to do in Bordeaux.
After a protracted day wandering the town, pop over to Le Pressoir D’Argent – who’ve a number of the tastiest meals in Bordeaux.
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