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To each his own…park !

Whether for doing sports, having a picnic, strolling along romantically, or letting the kids stretch their legs, Bordeaux’s many parks and their diverse landscapes will delight nature lovers, all from right outside the city center! 

For the picnickers: the Public Gardens


Located in downtown Bordeaux, this park is the ideal spot for planning a picnic after having walked around the city. Created in 1746 and ranked as one of France’s “remarkable gardens”, the green space stretches over 11 acres and is truly an oasis.  Once breaktime is over, a digestive stroll around the garden’s streams and pathways is sure to delight everyone before returning to the city.  

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A chacun son parc - jardin public à Bordeaux
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For the athletes: the Barails reserve
 

Located to the North of Bordeaux, this 156-acre expanse contains many exceptional landscapes where joggers can run around to their hearts’ content. Isabelle and Guilhem like to train here: “We can run for long distances without ever having to go the same route! There’s diverse flora and fauna, we’ve come across animals, a rose garden…” Signs indicate the distance run as a way of encouraging budding athletes!

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parc floral de la réserve des Barails à Bordeaux
© Clément Pamelard

 

For the kids: Peixotto Park in Talence


The kids will love this new playground made entirely of natural, pollutant and solvent-free wood. Milan, 11 years old, and Isalyne, 7 years old, are playground regulars: “We love the zipline!” says Milan. “And I like to slide down the fireman’s ramp,” adds Isalyne. A little further on, kids can even pretend to be archeologists thanks to the funny sort of animal, the “Talenceratops.”

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Parc peixotto à Talence près de Bordeaux
© Sara Soulignac

 

For admiring Bordeaux from above: Palmer park

Located in Cenon, Palmer park is a green space in the clouds with an impressive view of Bordeaux and the Garonne. Made up of open fields and little nooks, the park is easy to get to by tram from the city center. The 20-minute journey will prove to you why Bordeaux is nicknamed, “the gate to the moon.” 
 

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Parc Palmer à Cenon près de Bordeaux
© Pierre Planchenault

For the romantics: the Angéliques Park
 

Walking the length of the Garonne hand in hand and stretching out in the grass for a moment is possible thanks to the “Park of the Angelic Ones.” This stretch of green follows along the river’s right bank, from the Chaban Delmas bridge to the Francois Mitterrand bridge. In evening time, the sun setting over buildings in Bordeaux's left bank contributes to the pathway’s romantic feel.

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Parc aux Angéliques

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parc aux angéliques à bordeaux rive droite
© Nicolas Duffaure

 

For flower-admirers: the botanical gardens
 

It’s worth taking a detour to see the floral richness and structural originality of the botanical gardens. “Here, in a single area, we see all types of ecosystems from the Aquitaine basin”, explains Laurent De Rul, the current deputy of public outreach. The gardens are enriched by both a pond and greenhouse, where one can admire enormous plants from faraway places. Housing over 1,200 different species, the greenhouse is sure to delight botanical amateurs and experts alike.

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A chacun son parc - Jardin botanique à Bordeaux
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For the animal lovers: Bordeaux park


At Bordeaux park you can meet two lady donkeys who share a space with seven sheep, two goats, turkeys, chickens, and two peacocks. All the animals are native to the neo-Aquitaine territory. They are fed and cared for by a team of park rangers, including Angélique Aucher: “We give them bread, fruits and vegetables every day that come from the park’s compost or neighborhood shopkeepers.” 

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parc bordelais à Bordeaux
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