Renowned throughout the world for its famous vineyards, the capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine also has a prestigious built heritage. Jewel of the eighteenth century, the city of Art and History of Bordeaux, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, takes its visitors to the Time of Enlightenment. An urban and architectural ensemble of the most remarkable to appreciate the time of a discovery walk along its quays of the Garonne, its elegant streets and its monumental squares. Among the must-see places inherited from this period are the bustling Place de la Comédie, with its neo-classical Grand Théâtre decorated with majestic Corinthian columns, the Place de la Bourse with its Fountain of the Three Graces, or the alleys of Tourny.
Strolling through the historic center also means going to meet medieval Bordeaux: the Saint-André cathedral with carved portals, the Gothic choir and the Renaissance organ tribune, the imposing Cailhau gate dedicated to Charles VIII, the Sainte-Croix church with its carved façade in Saintongeais Romanesque style, or the Porte de la Grosse Cloche, belfry of the old town hall, are all testimonies of this. Isolated bell tower of the Saint-André Cathedral, the Pey Berland tower of the fifteenth century offers from its summit a wonderful panorama of the roofs and bell towers of the city. A view that is still deserved only after climbing the 231 steps of the narrow spiral staircase! Not far from this jewel of flamboyant Gothic stretches the famous pedestrian street Sainte-Catherine, a long commercial artery appreciated by shopping enthusiasts, which connects the Place de la Victoire to the Place de la Comédie.
Garden lovers will prefer the banks of the Garonne where extends on both sides of the splendid water mirror the very nice Garden of Lights. With a beautiful view of the river and the Bastide district on the right bank, this vast space with pedestrian paths and flowerbeds is punctuated by many lampposts that light up in a magical way as soon as night falls. Walkers can then continue their walk towards the huge esplanade of quinconces where stand on one side the two rostral columns, and on the other the illustrious monument to the Girondins built at the end of the nineteenth century in memory of the Gironde deputies victims of the Terror. Classified as a Historic Monument, the latter consists of two pools decorated with bronze sea horses and a column 43 meters high at the top of which culminates a Statue of Liberty breaking its chains. A few streets away is the public garden, a 10-hectare English-style park popular with strollers and joggers, which houses a botanical garden, a library and a museum of natural history.
The City of Light is also a destination of choice for visitors thirsting for culture: Museum of Aquitaine, dedicated to the history of Bordeaux and Aquitaine from Prehistory to the present day; Museum of Fine Arts with collections of paintings and sculptures ranging from the fifteenth to the twentieth century; Museum of Decorative Arts housing ceramics, furniture, paintings and engravings; National Customs Museum, dedicated to customs history in France; Museum of Natural History with zoological, mineralogical and paleontological collections; Museum of Contemporary Art, whose works take place in the former Lainé warehouse.
Finally, gourmets will not leave Bordeaux without having tasted the famous canelés, these delicious cupcakes scented with rum and vanilla that we will enjoy accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee...
At the end of June, the banks of the Garonne are jubilant at the time of one of the two flagship events of the city that are "Bordeaux celebrates the river" in odd years and "Bordeaux celebrates wine" in even years. On the program: concerts, shows, fireworks, as well as many animations!