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Bordeaux - more alive than ever!

Bordeaux - more alive than ever!

Pedestrian, Other, 8 km, 2 days

For a long time, Bordeaux suffered from a reputation as a stuffy city that was a little closed in on itself. Today, a radiant, more relaxed Bordeaux has become one of the busiest cities in South-west France.

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Place de la Bourse

Pl. de la Bourse 33000 Bordeaux
Our route starts at place de la Bourse (to Bordeaux what Place de la Concorde is to Paris!) so you may as well go along the quays from the popular Saint-Michel district. From here to the old depots of the Bataclan quay, a beautiful promenade 4.5 km long and 80 metres wide...
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Esplanade des Quinconces

Espl. des Quinconces 33000 Bordeaux
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Quai des Chartrons   Interesting

Quai des Chartrons 33000 Bordeaux
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Against the backdrop of 18C buildings, the Chartrons waterfront has been transformed, and is today a major feature of local life on the banks of the River Garonne. Following the conversion of the old port warehouses into cultural and commercial facilities, the people of Bordeaux have reconnected with their river and the simple joys of taking a turn here (by bike, on foot or rollerblades) while enjoying the fine views over port de la Lune. Don't miss the Chartrons market near the Skate Park.

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Chartrons District   Interesting

Cours Verdun 33000 Bordeaux
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Betwen the Quai des Chartrons and the Cours de Verdun, Portal and Saint-Louis, this quarter is named afer the Carthusians who were established here before leaving in the 15C to make way for an enormous wine depot. In the 18C, Bordeaux merchants built some beautiful private residences here.

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Grand Théâtre   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Pl. de la Comédie 33025 Bordeaux
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Built from 1773 to 1780 by architect Victor Louis in pure neo-Classical style, this is one of the most beautiful theatres in France. The refined interior staircase inspired Garnier for his Opéra de Paris. The auditorium is made up of pillars, ramps, galleries and balconies entirely made of wood, used here to ensure the best possible acoustics.

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Cours de l'Intendance

Cours de l'Intendance 33000 Bordeaux
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Place du Parlement

Pl. du Parlement 33000 Bordeaux
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Place St-Pierre

Pl. St-Pierre 33000 Bordeaux
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Porte de la Grosse Cloche   Interesting

R. St-James 33000 Bordeaux
Architecture, castles and historic districts

With its two towers and large bell, this gate is an emblem of Bordeaux. Saved from demolition when a larger belfry structure was taken down, the gate is greatly loved by the people of the town, to the extent that when the kings were unhappy with the townsfolk, they confiscated the bell and clocks!

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Cathedral of St André   Interesting

Pl. Pey-Berland 33000 Bordeaux
Religious buildings

Only slightly smaller than Notre-Dame in Paris, this majestic church has a Royal Door that is famous for its Gothic sculptures, and inside a beautiful nave with a Gothic chancel. Beautiful Renaissance organ.

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Hôtel de Ville  

Cours d'Albret 33000 Bordeaux
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Bordeaux's town hall occupies the episcopal palace built for Archbishop Ferdinand-Maximilien de Mériadeck in the 18C. The internal courtyard is separated from the street by an arcaded portico and opens onto the solemn façade of the palce. There is a staircase of honour, panelled salons, a dining room with grisailles by Lacour. The palace was occupied for nearly 50 years by Jacques Chaban-Delmas (1915-2000).

Once choked with traffic, Bordeaux’s many pedestrian streets now breathe new life into the town. La rue Sainte-Catherine is the longest shopping street in Europe! (1.2 km). La rue Vital Carles is home to a Bordeaux institution: the Mollat bookstore has been based there for over a century and is one of the city's main cultural centres, with 5 stores spread across 2200 m2!

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