An itinerary along the Garonne river - walk, cycling or running
Description: If it’s your first time in Bordeaux, this cycle route is your ideal option. Located in the heart of the city, along the Garonne river, this itinerary invites cyclists to discover the classic Bordeaux with its 18th-century facades, its Pont de Pierre (Stone Bridge); the tree-filled and recreational Bordeaux with the Parc aux Angéliques, the Botanical Garden; but also the contemporary and alternative Bordeaux with Darwin Ecosystème and the crossing of the Chaban-Delmas lift bridge.
The scenery around the cycle path: Water landscapes (canals, river, lake, marsh...), urban scenery
The ride begins at the edge of Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Europe. Head towards the Chaban-Delmas bridge and cycle along the quayside.
ESPLANADE DES QUINCONCES
Discover the largest city square in Europe! Facing the river, stand two rostral columns topped with statues dedicated to the maritime and merchant activities of Bordeaux. On the way, stop in front of the colossal statues of Montaigne and Montesquieu, Bordeaux’s famous philosophers. And take the time to observe the Monument aux Girondins, composed of gushing bronze fountains and its column topped by a statue of liberty breaking free from its chains. Every year, the vast square welcomes circuses, fairs, and flea markets.
QUAIS DES CHARTRONS, QUAIS DE BACALAN
Located between the Chartrons district (an antique dealers’ hotspot) and the Garonne river, the Quai de Bacalan symbolises Bordeaux’s port past. Close to the river, the “hangars” - the former port warehouses - underwent a spectacular renovation ten years ago. Today, they are home to a vast leisure and shopping area much sought after by locals.
THE CITÉ DU VIN
Magnified by an evocative architecture, the Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility that ingeniously tells the story of wine in an original way. Discover the world of wine throughout the world, across the ages, and in all cultures and civilisations. The twenty themed rooms that comprise the permanent exhibition delve into the world of wine through an immersive and sensory display. At the end of the tour, enjoy a wine tasting session in the Belvedere offering sweeping views of the city below.
THE JACQUES CHABAN-DELMAS BRIDGE
Offering a fantastic panorama of Bordeaux, this 77-metre high bridge is the highest lift bridge in Europe. On the left bank, you can see the Cité du Vin, a unique cultural site where an immersive and sensory approach gives pride of place to the world of wine. On the right bank, you can see part of the industrial site of the Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (Bordeaux’s harbour) as well as the Aquitaine Bridge in the background.
THE PARC AUX ANGÉLIQUES
The Parc aux Angéliques stretches along the right bank of the Garonne, in the Bastide district. A section of the park, located between the stone bridge and the Chaban-Delmas bridge, is a playground and relaxation area highly prized by locals (picnic, skittles, basketball).
DARWIN - CASERNE NIEL
Home to a co-working area, a restaurant, an organic food shop, and community-run spaces, this atypical space also hosts many reflective and festive events. Every year, it attracts more than a thousand people!
THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Subdivided into six distinct landscapes, the city’s Botanical Garden features a spectacular water garden home to a myriad of water lilies and water plants, an arboretum, and magnificent greenhouses.
THE STONE BRIDGE
Built in 1822 on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, the stone bridge is the Bordeaux’s oldest bridge.
THE ECO-CITIZEN HOUSE
The Maison écocitoyenne (which literally translates as “The Eco-citizen House”) puts sustainable development at the centre of its concerns. It comprises a resource centre, an exhibition space, and a space to exchange ideas. It aims for everyone to have the means to take action daily.
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PLACE DE LA BOURSE AND THE WATER MIRROR
A great achievement of the Age of Enlightenment, the Place de la Bourse is reflected in the world’s largest water mirror, which has become the focal point of the quays.