Bordeaux has always been a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and never ceases to reveal exciting, new facets of its character. Its bold modernism have made it a key destination for everyone interested in French culture, lifestyle... and wine!
The heart of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated cityis one of France’s most elegant cities and has been awared by UNESCO World Heritage
An historical district with its monuments and old parishes, Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Colombe, Saint-Michel, and Sainte-Croix which make it truly different. The Saint-Michel neighbourhood is particularly lively and colourful. Nearby are the Sainte-Croix church, an old Benedictine abbey, and the emblematic bell tower (La Flèche-114 meters high). The neighbourhood between Cours de l’Intendance and rue Peyronnet is the heart of the Old Bordeaux.
The modern urbanism in the center of Bordeaux
A charming English-style garden square, designed in the late 19th century by landscape artist Eugène Bülher, is the Mériadeck district with the modern touch with the urban development of collective housing from the 1970s.
Ideal location where you will find a big shopping Mall and amazing antique and decoration shops on the other hand.
A chic, attractive and harmonious district with its elegant buildings, luxury boutiques, performance halls, and some of Bordeaux's finest restaurants.
On one side the area is defined by Cours de l’Intendance, Cours Georges-Clémenceau, and cours Xavier-Arnozan, the famous Golden triangle with the beautiful views of Place de la Comédie, Place Tourny, Place des Quinconces and the ‘Grand Theatre’. The Grands Hommes place, a neo-classic district, is a reflection of the new urbanism vision after the French Revolution. There are many English-style boutiques. All the places to meet for the high society from Bordeaux. A tradition that you will still note at the Brasserie Le Noailles.
On the other side is the town hall (the impressive Palais Rohan), the Saint-André Cathedral, and the Tour Pey-Berland, a bell tower topped by a golden bronze statue of Lady of Aquitaine.
The heart of the city, recently renovated. You can visit the area by foot.
The perfect setting for a short stay or a long weekend.
The beautiful buildings are a great indication of a prosperous time in Bordeaux. The land once belonged to a former Carthusian monastery (Chartreux in French, which leads to the present name, Les Chartrons), drained by the Dutch in the 17th century. It used to be was the home of English, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian and German merchants who built beautiful houses and cellars. Cours Xavier Arnozan (previously called the Pavé des Chartrons) is one of the city's most aristocratic and elegant 18th century streets. It was still very much a sign of social status to live on the "Pavé" in the past century.
Shops, boutiques are open all over the weekend plus an outlet factory, The Quai des Marques which is a convenient location with car park and tramway stop nearby where you will be able to shop and brunch at an outdoor café with the view of the Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge which makes it worth coming all year long. "It's chic to spend less"! says the tagline
Do not forget the new International Museum of Vines. 5 minutes by walk! A ‘Must Have’ to visit!
La Bastide is the only district based on the right bank of the Garonne. A very old neighbourhood with a bright future thanks to recent urban development. The former Gare d’Orléans now houses a multiplex cinema with 17 screens. The European University of Management is nearby. Add to this the Parc des Berges and the Botanical Garden offering each Bordelais from both sides of the river an oasis of greenery with wide open spaces.
This is a wonderful place to enjoy a lovely natural setting in the city while admiring the splendid 18th century buildings on the other side of the river!
On 2017 July, Bordeaux will be only two hours from Paris thanks to the high speed train connection (LGV). One of the most ambitious urban development programmes in France is taking place here: the forthcoming Bordeaux-Euratlantique project (ex. Bordeaux / Toulouse (1h) et Bordeaux / Bilbao (1h50), doubly express regional trains). Next to the station is The Millesima’s bicentenary cellars, one of the most famous wine merchants of Bordeaux and its wine shop. Over 2.5 million bottles that are slowly maturing, aimed to be sold to private customers from all around the world.
The charming district of Saint Jean is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Bordeaux with a youth population and an active night life on Quai de Paludate with its clubs, bistros, and restaurants. The « in place » for night clubbers and gourmets.
You will also be only 5 minutes away from the city centre by Tram.
This mostly residential district is clearly separate from the city center, but close to its many conveniences. You will feel a family atmosphere with its schools and some of Bordeaux's oldest historic vestiges: the Palais Gallien, the oldest Christian cemetery at Saint-Seurin basilica. And between these two sites, the Marché de Lerme (originally a market) was converted into a venue for temporary exhibitions.
A part of the city has a middle-class atmosphere with its modern buildings harmoniously mixed with larger stone houses, barely not over two storeys high and which many of them have beautiful backyard.
A village atmosphere in a working class district. Setting in the dock district is very unusual and, ultimately, very modern.
The Maritime district of Bordeaux is a mix of modern urbanism with a rich Fluvial and maritime history. Bordeaux has been a major port in the Gironde estuary since ancient times, a natural crossroads between land, river and sea.
The Bacalan district, once insalubrious marshland, was drained in the 17th century. It is located at the northern end of the bend in the Garonne River and still retains a physical reminders of its background, such as the public baths (bains-douches) dating from 1937.
This area is being currently renovated to create a Marina. Nearby you will find the City of Wines, a unique place to visit devoted to worldwide culture of wines
Should you stay in this area,, do not forget to visit the flea market, « Capucins market » the most important market in the city center where you will find fresh foods, local bistros and restaurants.
The place to be to feel the « Bordeaux spirit »