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Astuces Voyage Bordeaux

A few useful hints for planning your trip to Bordeaux:

Contact the Bordeaux Tourist Office and get the tourist guide to the city, and a city map.

www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

For information on the Gironde département, the Comité Départemental du Tourisme (Département Tourism Committee) will provide with its « Carnet de Voyage » (Travel Notebook), which includes information on the vineyards, the Atlantic coast, the Arcachon Basin, the Libournais region, the Haute Garonne département, “Entre Deux Mers” (wine-growing area between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers), and much more.

www.tourisme-gironde.fr

The tourist guides will give you practical information to help in organising your stay: Le guide du Routard, Lonely Planet, Le Petit Futé etc.

There are many titles to help wine-lovers discover the riches of our region through the wine routes, including Voyages au pays des vins (Trip to Wine Country) from the Gironde Tourist Office, and vineyard maps from the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Inter-professional Wine Council)

The bus and tram networks will take you to all four corners of Bordeaux. Stops are less than two minutes on foot from your accommodation in Le Village du Lac, and they will take you right into the city centre.

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Le Village du Lac: 5 mins from Bordeaux

Le Village du Lac, an ideal location.
For the centre of Bordeaux, place des Quinconces.

Bus service no 37
Towards Lycée Sud Médoc - Les Aubiers
Bus stop Camping International

Tramway n° C
Towards Bègles Terres Neuves
Tram stop Les Aubiers

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Included in the Unesco World Heritage list, city of art, business and history – the capital of Aquitaine is waiting to welcome you.

Enjoy its architecture, gastronomy, culture and dynamism.

All sorts of walks are available – whatever you want

Unusual and friendly: get around the city on a bike, in a convertible, on a little train, in a rickshaw, or on the tram, or sail down the Garonne on a barge or a water taxi.

There are lots of parks where you can get some fresh air. Right in the city centre, in the Jardin Public, you will find the Botanical Gardens. Near Le Village du Lac, Bordeaux 4-star campsite, the Bois de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Forest) has a fitness trail and a number of woodland species; a stone’s throw away is the Parc Florale (Floral gardens) with its 5,000m² rose garden.

The Bordeaux Tourist Office organises themed visits.

For all information and bookings, visit: www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

Those who love shopping can visit the Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest pedestrianised shopping street in France, with 1.5km of shops. All the big French brands are there in Bordeaux (Vuitton, Hermès, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Givenchy, Lacroix, Saint-Laurent etc). From the great names of haute couture to the trendy, young designers, fashion is present everywhere.

This is also a city that combines festivities with gastronomy – all along the quays, you can enjoy the famous festivals: Wine, River, Spring, music festivals, and so much more.

Bordeaux is also the location for major events: Antique Dealers’ Fair, Showjumping, International Open Golf tournament, International Organ Festival, and many others.

Visiting Bordeaux’s museums provides an astonishing journey through mankind’s art and history.

  • The Musée d'Aquitaine presents the history of Bordeaux and the region, from prehistory to the present day;
  • The Musée des beaux-arts (Fine Arts Museum) offers a comprehensive overview of the principal movements in western art from the Renaissance to the present day (collections of paintings, sculptures and drawings);
  • there are numerous other museums: the CAPC Bordeaux Museum of Modern Art (Centre d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains – Contemporary Plastic Arts Centre), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts Museum), the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History), the Centre Jean Moulin (World War II and Resistance Museum), the Musée National des Douanes (National Customs & Excise Museum), the Musée Goupil (Museum of Art Reproduction).

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Stroll around Bordeaux’s picturesque streets, with their rich heritage of monuments.

Among the 1,810 hectares listed among Unesco’s World Heritage, you will travel through the centuries.

Buildings not to be missed:

  • The Saint-Seurin Basilica(11th-16th centuries), cradle of Christianity in Bordeaux,
  • Saint Michael’s spire (15th century), 114 metres high, 2nd highest in France,
  • The Cailhau Gate, defensive gate from the 15th and 16th centuries,
  • The Great Bell-Tower (13th-15th centuries), former belfry of the Jurade (Bordeaux City Council under the Ancien Régime),
  • Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (11th-16th centuries), very fine example of southern Gothic style,
  • The Rohan Palace (18th century), typical example of a private mansion,
  • The Grand Théâtre (18th century), which houses the National Opera of Bordeaux,
  • The ‘Miroir d'eau’ (Water Mirror – a rectangle of shallow water that reflects the surrounding buildings) and the Place de la Bourse.

There are many activities to occupy you in Bordeaux.

Cinema fans can watch 3D films in the new Complexe du Français.

Thrill-seekers can choose between go-karting and jet-skiing on the River Garonne.

For sports-lovers, there is a wide choice of sports : Vélodrome cycle track, badminton, tennis courts, Club de voile de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Sailing Club).

Golf lovers are also catered for: the Bordeaux Lac golf course has 2 18-hole courses.

You can also enjoy go-karting or bowling at Bordeaux-Lac.

Get some fresh air in the Parc Bordelais (Bordeaux Park) or the Jardin Public (Public Gardens). At Bordeaux-Lac, the Bois de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Forest) offers a great fitness trail and is right next to the Parc Floral (Floral gardens) where you can admire a rose garden covering an area of more than 5,000m².