The French city of Bordeaux is known for the fine wines produced in this region, so any trip to the area should be matched with a glass of red wine. Although it might be in itself a convincing enough reason to visit the beautiful city of Bordeaux, which has other surprises to offer, as well: wide boulevards, neoclassical architecture, romantic parks and a beautiful scenery wherever you look. You should also know that it is a students’ city, due to the famous university hosted by it.
The main attraction
The four kilometers of sea shore from the modern part of the city. You can walk on foot, by bike or sit and admire the Garonne River and Pont de Pierre - the bridge with 17 arches, built during the reign of Napoleon, each arch representing a victory of the Emperor. If you feel like, you can even go in the water because the river bed is shallow and it reflects the city's image in the water shine.
Other interesting things to do
A stroll through Public Jardin, one of the most impressive parks in Bordeaux, designed in 1755, will take you through Jardin Botanique (Botanical Garden), Musee d'Histoire Naturelle and (Natural History Museum). At a short distance from the park, there is Musee d'Art Contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art). On the way to Rue Ste Catherine, the main commercial road of the city, stop for a moment in front of the Grand Theatre Monument aux Girondins and take memorable photographs.
Taste the specialties of the area
If wine tasting sessions organized in the cellars around the town have not satisfied you, take a few hours to visit the elegant Place de la Victoire, which is an area with many great bars great for a night out. And since you can’t mention France and wines without thinking of gourmet, wine lovers know that it is preferable not to drink on an empty stomach. Fortunately, Bordeaux has a culinary tradition and, at Place St Pierre and Place du Parlement Historical Centre in the city, dating from the eighteenth century, there are some great restaurants.
It’s time to go to the museum(s)
The access to permanent exhibitions in Bordeaux museums is free. Musee d'Aquitaine offers an interesting perspective on the history of the city and art lovers should not miss Musee de Beaux-Arts.
The surroundings of Bordeaux
Tourists come to Bordeaux for wine - but even for those who are not just passionate of red wine, a trip to the nearby wine regions, such as St Emilion and Medoc, can be a very good idea. The area is well served by public transport and Bordeaux Tourist Office organizes daily tours at nearby wineries. But for more freedom, one option would be renting a car and exploring the area on your own. St Emilion, 35 km from Bordeaux is a fortified medieval settlement, which houses an underground church carved in rock and some very interesting catacombs. It’s worth spending one night here.
Good to know ...
The best time of the year to visit Bordeaux from May to October, during which locals organize excursions to vineyards and wineries.
The easiest way to reach the city is by plane; you will land of Bordeaux Airport, which is placed only 10 kilometers from the city and the bus will make 45 minutes from here to downtown. Those who prefer to go by taxi will pay about 20 euros. Bordeaux is an important railway junction: from here to Paris, the train takes three hours and from Toulouse, two and a half hours.
As for public transportation in Bordeaux, you should know that trams come every 10 minutes; tickets can be bought from the station and must be validated. Bus tickets can be bought directly from the driver and it must be validated inside the bus.
And if you’re not a wine person,note that in town a beer costs about 5 euros.
Enjoy your week end!
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