Bordeaux, city on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century!
The city centre is essentially pedestrian. The Sainte Catherine Street goes through the centre from the Victoire place to the Quinconques Palace and the National Theater of Bordeaux.
Nearby streets are also pedestrian and offer pleasant or unusual discoveries : small peaceful gardens, lion's head carved in a house wall…
You will admire and visit the historic monuments such as the Cathedral, the Pey Berland’s tower or the city’s ancient doors : “Dijeaux”, “Cailhau”, “Aquitaine”, “les Salinières” and the “grosse cloche” from the Middle Ages.
Old and new styles merge in the “place de la Bourse” and its water mirror or at “le pont de Pierre” with the Bastide’s Lion.
You will be able to take a stroll in pleasant garden which can be easily reached by tram from the University:
- The 10 hectares public garden behind the “place des Quinconces”, play areas for children, paths, small streams and tea room;
- The botanical gardens on the right bank near the “place de la Bastide”;
- Or the right bank itself with its shaded lawns.
Bordeaux’s tourist information centre : http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/
The Bordeaux region and the Landes
Lakes and rivers
In the surroundings of Bordeaux, you can reach many lakes by bus or by car : the Hostens’ water sports area, the lakes at Cazeaux (near Arcachon), Biscarosse, Lacanau or at Carcans.
The Eyre and the Leyre rivers offer the possibility of kayak rides for adults and children.
Several seaside resorts and beaches will welcome you in the summer.
The tourist Arcachon city can be reached by train (from Pessac’s or Bordeaux’s stations). You will find there a beautiful long beach, many restaurants and even a casino.
The beaches near Arcachon, Biscarosse, Carcans and Lacanau can be reached by car (sometimes by bus). Well-known as a surfing place, beach-goers can swim there too ; lifeguards will keep them safe in patrolled areas.
A guided tour will be organized to the Pyla sandhill. It is also possible to drive there individually.
The Bordeaux region of Aquitaine is one of the three world famous French wine-producing regions.
Several estates border each other : Pessac Léognan, Médoc.
Many wine chateaux are open to the public by appointment or not : you will be shown round the wineries and the cellars, wine tasting and sale.
A tour of the gorgeous little wine village of St Emilion will be organized.
You will reach the Landes after an hour’s drive from Bordeaux.
Local producers of foie gras and other terroir products will show you round their farm. Sampling and sale are regularly offered to visitors.
Discover the open air folk museum of Marquèze (about one hour and a half drive), when in Sabres, park your car and get on the train to reach this protected area. The folk museum collections reflect the social and rural life in the Landes, in the 19th century : traditional old buildings, workshops, traditional costumes. Household tasks include grinding flour at the water mill and baking bread. A great day out for children and adults, entirely cut off from the outside world.
For more information : http://www.parc-landes-de-gascogne.fr/