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Bordeaux seen from above  

Tourists seeing Bordeaux for the first time are always impressed by the way the streets were laid out, leaving wide open spaces and letting the sun shine through.

 

The city's architecture consists largely of échoppes (a local type of single-storey house) and other low buildings. Therefore, it is rare to come across tall monuments that provide visitors with a panoramic view of the city. Moreover, these are practically the only options to see the city from high up – other than the Ferris wheel on Place des Quinconces during the fun fair...

The view from the top of the freestanding Saint-Michel located beside the basilica of the same name, is breath-taking. It affords a superb view of the river and the city, especially at sunset. Bordeaux as seen from Pey-Berland Tower,next to Saint-André cathedral, is also an impressive sight. The top of this jewel of flamboyant Gothic architecture is only accessible via a 231-step staircase, so be sure to save your breath for the occasion!

A more incongruous view from the top of the Victor Hugo car park takes in the roof of the nearby Grosse Cloche. A much more elegant vista can be seen from the rooftop terrace of the Grand Hôtel, on Place de la Comédie, where you can admire the "Golden Triangle" as you sip a cocktail in a comfortable armchair.