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How to spend top weekend in Bordeaux - ideas on extraordinary attractions and sites

Bordeaux Do you associate Bordeaux only with historical monuments and French restaurants? It's time to take a look at this wonderful French town in another way. On weekdays, the central Quinconce Square is nothing extraordinary. But try to visit this place on a Sunday morning! The square turns into an amazing market where you can buy a lot of exclusive gifts and try the most popular national treats.
Every two years Bordeaux hosts a famous celebration that attracts thousands of travelers from different countries of the world. This is the famous wine festival «Bordeaux Fete le Vin». … Open
Believe that the best French wine and oysters can be only tried in restaurants? In fact, it's best to do a tasting on the Sunday market. Buy a dozen oysters, fresh bread, and cheese from one of the local sellers and move to the nearest free bench. On Sunday morning, on the waterfront, you can see a huge number of people sitting on wooden benches or just on the lawn and slowly savoring home-made wines and fruit from the local market. The Sunday market is a real paradise for lovers of cheese and meat delicacies. The latter should definitely try «caille» (grilled quail) - one of the local residents' favorite delicacies.
One of the most famous attractions in Bordeaux is the statue of a blue lion located near the bank of the river Garonne. Few people know that there is a real "zoo" near this iconic landmark. Within the walking distance of the statue is a bridge through which you can cross the river, and next to the bridge you can meet a friendly family of guinea pigs. Going to feed cute animals, be aware that sometimes the smell of food can also attract rats. Copyright
Start your acquaintance with the sights of the city from visiting Esplanade des Quinconces Square, which is also known as the largest square in Europe. Until 1827 the square was located on … Open
If you're getting hungry during a walk in the city center, head to Jardin Public , a public park. Nearby is a wonderful shop - PAULS, which is a real godsend for budget travelers and those wishing to try authentic local products. The shop offers a huge selection of local produce, from traditional cheese and meat to fresh juices and fruit. But its main advantage is fantastic French bread rolls and fresh baguettes, for which experienced tourists and locals come here every day.
Chateau Pape Clement Bordeaux Dreaming of looking at Bordeaux from a bird's eye view? Come back to the city center and look for Hotel de Ville. Next to its building, you will see an old cathedral, the tower of which is equipped with a small observation deck. For a token fee, the viewing platform can be climbed any day of the week. It offers a fantastic view of the central district.
Your rest in Bordeaux will bring you lots of unforgettable memories. Tourists are welcome to mix walks to historical places and sightseeing with visits to various entertainment centers, … Open
If you are among the admirers of F. Goya's art, be sure to find his monument on one of the historic district's streets. Often it is not included in popular guidebooks. The beautiful monument stands in the heart of the district, near a Lutheran church.
Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse Lalonde Fans of Victor Hugo would be rather interested in walking through the street of his name, where there is the most amazing parking lot in the city. This unusual attraction is strongly recommended to tourists who're always looking for original photos while traveling. It is quite easy to distinguish this parking space from the others - its fencing is broken by a green Jaguar.
1. A large part of the local malls and shops open around 10:00 and work until 18:00 - 20:00. Some shops close for a small lunch break. Saturday is usually considered a short working day, … Open
If you visit Bordeaux in the summer, one of the best attractions will be "Water Mirror" fountain. The opening of the fountain took place in 2006, and it does not look like a fountain in the usual sense of the word. A huge swimming pool with an area of 3,450 square meters is equally loved by both adults and children, and it would be difficult to find a better place to cool down on a hot day in Bordeaux.
Maison du Vin, Bordeaux

View of Vineyards from a Height

You can not only walk around the city but also contact the local helicopter company during your vacation in Bordeaux. You can book an aerial tour here. The flight will take place from Libourne Airport. The price of travel over the city can be different. It depends on the company chosen by you. The minimum cost of an air tour is 59 euros. However, you also have the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of viticulture in Bordeaux.
In the central district of Bordeaux, you will find one of the most refined and elegant hotels in the city - Chambre en Ville. Housed in a chic historic building, it offers customers a choice … Open
You will see how to make wine being 40 kilometers from the city. You will also taste it and see the wine castles-estates of the commune of Saint-Emilion from a height. 3 chateaux are the organizers of this fascinating tour. These are Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pétrus, and Château Larose. The air voyage will last 2.5 hours. It costs 99 euros. You can order such an air trip in the helicopter company HéliProPassion.
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Climbing to the Top of Bordeaux Buildings

You can drink wine and stroll through the streets, admiring the beautiful houses in Bordeaux. You also have the opportunity to explore the city by climbing some buildings. Porte Cailhau, Grosse Cloche, and Pey Berland are the most popular ones. Porte Cailhau was part of the city wall in the past. Its ceilings, made of oak wood will be a great viewing platform for you. You'll see the Stone Bridge from here. It is the main city bridge.
Bordeaux presents a decent selection of luxury hotels deserving the attention of the most demanding guests. In the heart of the historic district next to the Grand Theater is Grand Hotel de … Open
You will see the former watchtower of the city hall at the end of Saint James Street when you walk through the center of Bordeaux. It's called the Grosse Cloche. There is a bell weighing 7 tons here. Its ringing is heard only 6 times a year. You will be able to climb the Grosse Cloche any day. It is open to the public year-round. You will also see Bordeaux from a great height if you reach the top of the Tour Pey Berland by 233 steps.
The Regent by Night

Run Between the Bridges

If you think your physical shape is good, you can take a jog on the flat terrain along the quays of the Porte de La Lune. You will admire the beauty of the nature of the right shore and the architecture located on the left shore. The length of the route is 7 kilometers. You will start running along the promenade from the Place des Quinconces to the Chaban-Delmas Bridge.
In the picturesque historic district you will find Best Western Bordeaux - Bayonne Etche-Ona. A building occupied by the hotel is a priceless historical monument that has retained its … Open
You will cross it and, turning right, continue the race to the Botanical Garden. You will reach the stone bridge on the embankment, cross it and turn right. After that, you will run along the embankment to the Water Mirror. Cancons Plaza will be the end of the route. You will not only see the monuments of Bordeaux but also test your endurance during such a journey.
Miroir Deau

Fantastic Garonne Tour

You can take a tour of the Garonne River while on holiday in Bordeaux. You will choose the option of a river walk. It can be a regular trip or with lunch and wine degustation. You will take a small ship and sail beside the city's quays. You will pass under the bridge and will move further in the Northern direction. You will reach the picturesque vineyards by ship. You will also see the old Cordouan lighthouse. It is still active.
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux can be safely called one of the most romantic and attractive hotels in Bordeaux. It attracts couples in love with exclusive rooms featuring the unparalleled … Open

Get Thrills during Surfing

The town of Locana is located on the Silver beach. It is 40 kilometers from Bordeaux. You will be able to surf here. If you have never conquered the water element on the Board, then you will hire an instructor here. His services cost 50 euros. He will teach you to ride the waves on a Board. There is also a surf school in Bordeaux. You can practice on artificial waves here. It costs 15 euros.
Plaza de la Bolsa

Climbing the Biggest Europe Dune

You will see a sand dune after driving 60 kilometers from the city of Bordeaux. Its height is 130 meters above sea level. It is the largest in Europe. The dune side from the forest side has a steep slope. So you can do paragliding. However, the ascent is quite difficult. You will admire the Arcachon Bay, the Pyrenees Mountains, and the pine trees when you reach its top.
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Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Bordeaux
♥   Restaurant 'Le Gabriel' Bordeaux. Type - Modern cuisine. 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Bistrot Glouton' Bordeaux. Type - Classic cuisine. 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Le Quatrième Mur' Bordeaux. Type - Modern cuisine. 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Le Pressoir d’Argent - Gordon Ramsay' Bordeaux. Type - Modern cuisine. 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Comptoir Cuisine' Bordeaux. Type - Traditional cuisine. 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Bordeaux
♥   Castle 'Château de la Brède' Gironde, 17.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Lagorce' Gironde, 19.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Curton' Gironde, 25 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Rauzan' Gironde, 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Budos' Gironde, 35.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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