A weekend in Bordeaux
Between heritage, gastronomy, the right bank, the left bank, the numerous districts with different atmospheres, the Garonne and the quays. Not to mention the vineyards... it can sometimes be difficult to know what to do in Bordeaux for your first weekend. Here is an idea of a programme to make the most of your two days, and make you want to come back!
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What better way to start a weekend in Bordeaux than in the Saint-Michel district, one of the city's warmest and most eclectic atmospheres! On the Place Meynard, on this Saturday morning, the weekly market is held at the foot of the Saint-Michel spire, the highest building in the city.
Please note: Until 30 June 2023, the spire is closed to visitors due to renovation work.
For your 2nd day in Bordeaux, start with a morning breath of fresh air at the Chartrons market on the banks of the Garonne before discovering this district, the historic stronghold of Bordeaux's wine merchants. At numbers 27 and 29 of the Quai des Chartrons, admire the facades of the Dutch houses.
And to delve into the history of wine and learn some historical anecdotes about this former wine merchants' district, take the map "Stroll in the footsteps of wine in the city", available at the OTCBM and online.
A little further on, you can see the imposing maritime exchange. It too is decorated with mascarons, two of which represent the first presidents of the city's seaport: Georges Barres and Etienne Huyard.
End your weekend with a stroll along the Parc aux Angéliques, at the end of which you will discover Darwin, a former military barracks rehabilitated as an eco-district. Take a break to taste the local products of the Magasin Général, and then cross the street to taste the artisanal drinks of the Chantiers de la Garonne, with your feet in the sand and a view over the Garonne. A great way to end the weekend with a feast for the eyes and the taste buds!
Points of Interest (POI)
16 place Meynard
The second tallest bell tower in France, the Flèche Saint-Michel reaches 114 metres and offers a unique view of the city. Please note: The Flèche Saint Michel closed its doors on 1 November 2021 for a major construction project that will last five years.
In the heart of the city stands one of the oldest belfries in France, the only vestige of the city's ancient ramparts, whose bells have set the pace of life in Bordeaux since the 13th century.
Place Pey Berland
Classified as a Historic Monument and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 as part of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela, like the Basilica of Saint-Michel and the Basilica of Saint-Seurin.
5 place Camille Jullian
The Utopia, a former church in the old part of Bordeaux, is the place to go if you want to see a film in its original version, or if you want to see a cult film that you can't find in any of the city's big cinemas.