Vieux Bordeaux / Old town
Old Bordeaux is encompassed by the largest protected sector in France (150 hectares).
The neighbourhood between Cours de l’Intendance and rue Peyronnet is the heart of Vieux Bordeaux (Old Bordeaux). In fact, this consists of several distinct neighbourhoods corresponding to the parishes (or former parishes) of Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Colombe, Saint-Michel, and Sainte-Croix. The district's monuments, streets, and socio-economic profile make it truly different.
History buffs will delight in the sculpted facades while bargain hunters will appreciate the flea market or a visit to bric-a-brac shops. Both early birds and night owls enjoy the Capucins market, while gourmets can enjoy a variety of cuisines in local bistros and restaurants. The Saint-Michel neighbourhood is particularly lively and colourful. The Flèche (the bell tower - 114 metres tall!) is emblematic of the entire neighbourhood. Nearby Sainte-Croix church, a former Benedictine abbey, has a magnificent series of sculptures reminiscent of the Saintonge region.