La grande traversée des ponts

Cycling - Mountain bike - Loop - Cultural

  • Distance : 20km
  • Duration : 4h
  • Means of locomotion : by bike
  • Difficulty : Easy

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Town of departure : BORDEAUX
Town of arrival : BORDEAUX


Key information



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    Step 1. Departure

    Starting from the stone bridge. Leave it behind you and ride along the quays over 3 kms towards Chaban-Delmas bridge.


Points of interest

  • pont de pierre @ Steve Le Clech

    The stone bridge

    The city’s oldest bridge, built in 1822 from blond stone and red brick, it spans almost 500 metres with its 17 majestic arches; as many arches, it is said, as there are letters in the name of Napoléon Bonaparte, who commissioned it.

  • Miroir d'eau credit Jean-Michel Destang


    A magnificent achievement of the Enlightenment Era. The Place de la Bourse is the symbol of the opening of the city of Bordeaux to the River Garonne and the rest of the world. Today, it is a splendid backdrop for the vast 3,450 m2 Water Mirror, created in 2006, which lies facing it and is the focal point of the banks of the River Garonne.

  • Pont Chaban-Delmas - Crédit Steve Le Clech (10)


    A work of true architectural prowess. The Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge is also a contemporary technical feat that brings a modern touch to the urban planning of the city. With a height of 77 metres, it stands out as the highest lift bridge in Europe! As night falls it lights up the ‘Port of the Moon’ to the delight of all photographers. The pylons are lit in blue at high tide and green at low tide.

  • La Cité du Vin reflets 1 @ Axelferis

    La Cité du Vin

    All set within an evocative architectural design, "La Cité du Vin" is a unique cultural facility that offers a different view of wine, accross the world, accross the age, accross all cultures and civilizations. The permanentinstallation is a self-guided tour, punctuated bu 20 themed spaces explaining the culture of wine in an immersive, sensorial setting, with the final phase leading you to the panoramic viewpoint for a tasting of worldwide wines.

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    Bassins à Flot

    A neighbourhood embedded in Bordeaux’s naval past. Refineries, shipyards, wet and dry docks replaced vineyards and marshes in the 19th century. From the left bank you can observe the submarine base. This is one of five bases built by the Germans on the Atlantic coast to house submarine fleets during World War II. This huge bunker (1941-1943), which is divided into eleven cells linked by an interior corridor, has been converted into an underground cultural venue.

  • pont d'aquitaine © Ste Le Clech

    Aquitaine bridge

    Crossing this 55 meter high bridge offers a very exciting experience and a great view over the city. Mind the stop!

  • Musée du Vieux Lormont - OTCBM (5)

    Port of Lormont

    The port hosts the former tuna fishing-boat called "Arawak", classified as a boat with patrimonial interest, pleasure boats and also the river shuttle "BatCub" allowing journey between the riverbanks of Bordeaux.

  • parc de l'ermitage lormont © Clément Pamelard (18)


    This 27-hectare park with a lake in a former quarry offers a great view over the city of Bordeaux

  • DARWIN Halle 2 skate © David Manaud

    Darwin - Caserne Niel

    “Darwin” unites local stakeholders who are contributing to the transition towards more cooperative and resiliant models of society: collaborative work, a restaurant and organic grocery store, an urban farm, a skate park, cultural events... Every day more than a thousand people pass through this hub of activity!

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    Built in 1852 on the Bordeaux-Paris line at the request of the Orléans Railway Company. The facade facing the river is flanked by two corner wings, and features a half rosette window to illuminate the travellers hall, it was converted into a cinema and houses several restaurants.

  • Passerelle SNCF Eiffel (4)

    Passerelle Eiffel

    Completed in 1860, the bridge was used as a railway track in the past. Threathened with demolition before finally being listed as a historical monument in 2010, its highlighting today promises its revival.