Bordeaux & the surrounding area
Le Village du Lac: 5 mins from Bordeaux
Le Village du Lac: the perfect ideal location... Travel right in to the Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux city centre. From Le Village du Lac, take the bus service that leaves from just outside the entrance.
Bordeaux is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site: a city of art, business and history. You can expect a warm welcome from the capital of Aquitaine!
Soak up its architecture, gastronomy, culture and vibrant energy.
Whatever you’re after, you’ll find a walk or a route to suit you
There are plenty of fun, alternative ways to get around the city: on a bike, in a convertible, on a miniature train, in a rickshaw, or on the tram. You can even sail down the Garonne on a barge or in a water taxi.
There are lots of parks where you can enjoy some fresh air. Right in the city centre, in the Jardin Public, you will find the Botanical Gardens. Near Le Village du Lac, Bordeaux’s 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
Shopping enthusiasts will find plenty of possibilities on the Rue Sainte-Catherine, France’s longest pedestrianised shopping street, with 1.5km of shops. Bordeaux numbers all the big French brands (Vuitton, Hermès, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Givenchy, Lacroix, Saint-Laurent, etc.). From the big names in haute couture to the latest trendy young designers, fashion is everywhere you look.
This is also a city that combines festivities with gastronomy, including the famous Wine, River, Spring and music festivals held on the quayside.
Bordeaux is also the venue for major events such as the 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 traces the history of Bordeaux and the region from prehistoric times 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), and the Musée Goupil (Museum of Art Reproduction).
Stroll around Bordeaux’s picturesque streets, taking in their rich architectural heritage
As you wander through these 1,810 hectares of UNESCO World Heritage listed sites, you’ll be taking a trip back in time.
Don’t miss the following buildings:
- The Saint-Seurin Basilica(11th -16th centuries), birthplace 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), a very fine example of southern Gothic style,
- The Rohan Palace (18th century), a 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’s plenty to do in Bordeaux !
Movie 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 including the velodrome 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) includes 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.
Getting to Le Village du Lac by public transport
Bus no. 73
Direction: Les Aubiers
Stop: Les Aubiers
Tram line C
Stop: Les Aubiers