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Bordeaux waterfront by bike

  • 7,1 km
  • 1h
  • Facile
  • Dans Bordeaux centre

This cycling itinerary is ideal for your first exploration of Bordeaux, taking you through the heart of the city, along the Garonne. See classical Bordeaux, with its 18th century facades, its stone bridge; see the green, recreational Bordeaux with its park of angelica plants and Botanical Gardens; but also its contemporary and alternative side, with Darwin and the Chaban-Delmas vertical lift-bridge.



This trip starts at the foot of the Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), the largest public square in Europe.


Set off along the quays in the direction of the Chaban-Delmas vertical lift-bridge.


When you arrive on Quais de Bacalan, you’ll pass ‘Les Hangars’ sitting right beside the river; these “hangars” are former port warehouses which were spectacularly renovated more than ten years ago, and have since become a place of leisure and commerce.


Once you have passed Cap Sciences at the end of these old hangars, take the cycle path to the right over the Chaban-Delmas vertical lift-bridge, one of the largest in Europe.


On your left, you’ll see la Cité du Vin: a cultural attraction, unique across the world, that gives visitors the opportunity to explore wine in an alternative way, across the ages and across all cultures and civilisations.


At the foot of the bridge, on the other side, turn right to enter le parc aux Angéliques (“the park of angelica plants”) that runs along the Garonne riverbank.


On your left you’ll go past Darwin, then the Botanical Gardens. Follow the path until the next bridge, le pont de pierre (“the stone bridge”).  


This bridge begins at Place Stalingrad, where the blue lion, le Lion de Veilhan, presides.


Cross the river over le pont de pierre, the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, built in 1822 upon the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. At the end of the bridge, turn right to rejoin the quays.


Go along the Garonne river once more, passing by la Maison Ecocitoyenne (“the eco-citizenship centre”), then Place de la Bourse and le Miroir d’eau, the largest water mirror in the world. Carry on until your starting point, Esplanade des Quinconces.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Good to know

Cap Sciences

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An interactive and pedagogical exhibition centre entirely dedicated to the sciences- is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Cité du Vin

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Open every day from 10am to 7pm.

Les serres du Jardin Botanique

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The greenhouses of the botanical gardens are open from Tuesday to Sunday and the gardens are open all year round. 

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