24 Hours in Bordeaux
Situated on the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a statuesque port city and the capital of the Aquitaine region in France. Nicknamed ‘La Perle d’Aquitaine’, Bordeaux is one of the most famous wine regions in the world and is well known for the various landscapes that are enveloped by vineyards, as well as for the historic part of the city that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here is a list of activities that you must do if you find yourself in Bordeaux;
1. Visit Gallien's Ampitheatre
Open from June through to September, the oldest Gallo-Roman relic in Bordeaux was once home to the battles of gladiators, seating up to 20,000 people. Today, the gateway and several arches remain, some of which are still attached to surrounding houses. Upon entering the magnificent arch, you will come across a building that houses an astounding 3D reconstruction that shows the original layout.
2. See the Basilica of Saint Michael
Located in the centre of Bordeaux, The Basilique St Michael is a beautiful gothic church built between the 14th and 16th centuries. This wonderfully decorated church includes an altarpiece that depicts the triumph of Michael over the dragon, as well as some stunning stained glass windows. The church itself is shadowed by the belfry, which at 114 metres stands completely separate. From June to September, it's possible to go into the tower and climb to the top to see some of the most astonishing views of the city.
3. Spend a Sunday in the city centre and experience the spectacle of a no-car city
On the first Sunday of every month, cars are banned from the city centre and the Capucins market takes place. Here you can find everything that you might desire, from regional cheeses, traditional cuisines, fine wines, to butchers, bakers, florists or even gardeners. So, why not visit the market for a spot of traditional cuisine for lunch, maybe buy some meat for later and a flower for your partner.
4. Ride through the city on a Segway!
Why not embrace your inner youth and whizz through the city on a Segway? These two-wheeled sensations are a fantastic way to provide you with a different perspective of the tourist routes through the city.
5. View the vineyards of Bordeaux from the river
If you’ve got a bit of time but want to see everything in one day, then the best way to do so is view Bordeaux from the Garonne. Not only will you get to see some great views of the historical buildings that make up the city the boat will pass past the vineyards, on board the cruise you will have a mouth-watering dinner and wine-tasting session!
6. Explore the city on a bike
Laden with bicycle lanes, the flat streets of Bordeaux provide the perfect landscape for a leisurely bike ride. Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry- you can hire a ‘vcub’ bike with your credit card and the first half an hour is free!