Bordeaux has always been a dynamic and cosmopolitan city and continues to reveal exciting new aspects of its character. Its bold modernism has made it an essential destination for all those interested in French culture, lifestyle... and wine! In the heart of a legendary wine-growing region, this dynamic and sophisticated city is one of the most elegant cities in France and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
A historic district with its monuments and old parishes, Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Colombe, Saint-Michel and Sainte-Croix which make it really different. The Saint-Michel district is particularly lively and colourful. Nearby are the Sainte-Croix church, a former Benedictine abbey, and the emblematic bell tower (La Flèche-114 metres high). The district is located between the Cours de l'Intendance and Rue Peyronnet, which is the heart of Old Bordeaux.
Modern urban planning in the centre of Bordeaux! Around a charming English-style square, designed at the end of the 19th century by landscape gardener Eugène Bülher, the Mériadeck district is the modern touch of urban development in the city of Bordeaux. Ideal location where you will find a large shopping centre and amazing antique and decoration shops on the other hand.
A chic, attractive and harmonious district with elegant buildings, luxury boutiques, theatres and some of the best restaurants in Bordeaux. On one side the district is bounded by the Cours de l'Intendance, the Cours Georges-Clémenceau and the Cours Xavier-Arnozan, the famous golden triangle with beautiful views of the Place de la Comédie, the Place Tourny, the Place des Quinconces and the Grand Théâtre. The Place des Grands)Hommes, a neoclassical district, reflects the new vision of urban planning after the French Revolution. There are many English shops. All the places to meet for the high society of Bordeaux. A tradition that you will still notice at Le Noailles Brewery. On the other side is the town hall (the impressive Palais Rohan), the Saint-André cathedral and the Pey-Berland Tower, a bell tower topped by a gilded bronze statue of the Lady of Aquitaine. The heart of the city has recently been renovated. You can visit the city on foot.
The ideal setting for a short stay or a long weekend.
The beautiful buildings are an excellent indication of the new Bordeaux. The land once belonged to an old Carthusian monastery (Carthusian in French, which leads to the current name, Les Chartrons), drained by the Dutch in the 17th century. It was once the home of English, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian and German merchants who built beautiful houses and cellars. Cours Xavier Arnozan (formerly Pavé des Chartrons) is one of the most aristocratic and elegant streets in the city. It was always a sign of social status to live on the "Pavé" in the last century.
We recommend the Quai des Marques which is an ideal location with parking and a tram stop nearby where you can shop and have brunch in an open-air café overlooking the Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge.
Let's not forget the new International Wine Museum, a 5-minute walk away! An imperative
La Bastide is the only district of Bordeaux based on the right bank of the Garonne. A very old district with a bright future thanks to recent urban development. The former Orléans Station now houses a multiplex cinema with 17 screens. The European Management University is nearby. Add to that the Parc des Berges and the Botanical Garden, which offer each Bordeaux resident on both sides of the river an oasis of greenery with large open spaces. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a beautiful natural setting in the city while admiring the splendid 18th century buildings across the river!
Since July 2017, Bordeaux has been two hours from Paris thanks to the LGV. Next to the station are the 200-year-old cellars of the Millesima, one of the most famous wine merchants in Bordeaux and its wine merchant. More than 2.5 million slowly maturing bottles for sale to private customers worldwide. The charming district of Saint Jean is one of the most dynamic districts in Bordeaux with a young population and a dynamic economic activity in full development. You will also be only 5 minutes from the city centre by tram.
This predominantly residential area is clearly separated from the city centre, but close to its many amenities. You will feel a family atmosphere with its schools and some of the oldest historical remains of Bordeaux: the Palais Gallien, the oldest Christian cemetery in the Saint-Seurin basilica. And between these two sites, the Marché de Lerme (originally a market) has been transformed into a temporary exhibition space. Part of the city has a middle-class atmosphere with its modern buildings harmoniously mixed with larger stone houses, just over two floors high and many of which have a beautiful backyard.
A village atmosphere in a popular neighbourhood. The dock area is very unusual and, finally, very modern. Bordeaux's Maritime Quarter is a blend of modern urban planning with a rich maritime and river history. Bordeaux has been an important port in the Gironde estuary since ancient times, a natural crossroads between land, river and sea. The district of Bacalan, once an unhealthy swampy area, was drained in the 17th century. It is located at the northern end of the Garonne meander and still retains a physical reminder of its background, such as the public baths (baths) dating from 1937. This area is currently being renovated to create a marina. Nearby, you will find the Cité du vin, a unique place to visit dedicated to the world wine culture.
If you stay in this area, don't forget to visit the flea market, the "Capuchin market", the most important market in the city centre where you will find fresh produce, local bistros and restaurants. The place to be to feel the "Bordeaux spirit