Journey Information to Bordeaux: extra than simply the wine

Bordeaux – UNESCO World Heritage Website

It could have been declared a World Heritage Website earlier than its headline-grabbing wine museum was even conceived, however now Bordeaux is the brand new Bilbao. Its shiny Cité du Vin is an architectural masterpiece of the calibre of Gehry’s Gugggenheim, reached by tram traces which have made the waterfront accessible, and the riverscape has change into town’s prime attraction.

No marvel the Observatory for Happiness, which surveys the French nationally, reported this area to be one of the best place within the nation to reside as of 2015. It was certainly the inspiration for Haussmann when he rebuilt the French capital as a metropolis of large boulevards and chic buildings of golden stone.

Bordeaux - Le Grand Théâtre et le cours du Chapeau Rouge

Bordeaux – Le Grand Théâtre et le cours du Chapeau Rouge (c) Thomas Sanson

It’s a outstanding turnaround for a metropolis nicknamed the “Sleeping Magnificence” as a result of its treasures have been for hundreds of years subsumed by a combination of dust, visitors congestion and unhealthy planning. However now the grime has been sandblasted off to disclose a few of the world’s best facades, and the redundant port warehouses which as soon as blocked the river view, have been demolished. Trams linking the compact metropolis centre with the banks of the Garonne make driving, too, pretty redundant, so town has been reclaimed for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cité du Vin

Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

Cité du Vin, Bordeaux (c) Anthea Gerrie

Bordeaux can be trying outwards after a lifetime of closed-mindedness; the Cité du Vin is a primary instance, a celebration of all of the world’s wine and its relationship to meals, love and each different facet of life. Two hours are wanted to totally admire all its interactive modules, and the top-floor tasting room to which tickets embrace admission.

Bordeaux riverside

Slightly than take the tram again to town centre, a stroll via the engaging neighbourhood of Chartrons affords many sights. The riverbank stretch is dwelling to an outside meals market on Sunday mornings, whereas the Hangars – a run of outdated port warehouses which have been preserved whereas these within the centre have been demolished – have been reborn because the Quai des Marques, a designer outlet mall.

Bordeaux - Le marché des Chartrons

Bordeaux – Le marché des Chartrons (c) Vincent Bengold

Nearer to town is the hanging up to date artwork museum in a good-looking outdated brick warehouse, and heading inland the charming rue Notre Dame, now a warren of vintage outlets, stylish bars and cafes.

The world’s largest Water Mirror

Points of interest of town centre embrace large boulevards, hidden squares and completely spectacular buildings of which Place de la Bourse is the star of the present. Reverse, the world’s largest Water Mirror sits like an infinity pool on the lip of the Garonne, reflecting the magnificent facades when the water is calm. Preserve strolling and also you’re within the stylish St Pierre neighbourhood, past which lies the basilica of St Michel, with a vigorous flea market in entrance.

Bordeaux - Le miroir d'eau et la place de la Bourse

Bordeaux – Le miroir d’eau et la place de la Bourse (c) Thomas Sanson

The stone bridge within the metropolis centre is price crossing to discover Darwin, Bordeaux’s personal Shoreditch, a newly regenerated complicated of start-ups with an enormous, stylish “normal retailer” restaurant seving natural meals.

Wine tasting

Wine buffs will need to discover each the Medoc, dwelling to essentially the most well-known names in Bordeaux wine chateaux, and the simpler to achieve Proper Financial institution appellations of Saint-Emilion, with a beautiful village at its coronary heart, and Pomerol.

Bordeaux - wine tasting

Bordeaux – wine tasting (c) Deepix

However you actually don’t should be into wine to take pleasure in Bordeaux, as Rick Stein confirmed on a latest tv programme, particularly when you observe his lead and take a hearthside seat at La Tupina, the place meat and fowl are cooked over an open fireplace. About the one old school factor left about Bordeaux is that the locals prefer to eat conventional meals in hearty parts.


Voyages-sncf.com serves Bordeaux from London by high-speed rail from £111 return. Rooms on the centrally-located five-star Grand Lodge from €600, and chic b&b La Course from €180.

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