What to see in Bordeaux and surroundings in 7 days

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Bordeaux is a city in French Aquitaine very famous throughout the world for its wine production. However, a stay in the city also allows you to enjoy the cultural beauties that enrich its center. The one-week itinerary also allows you not only to appreciate all that Bordeaux has to offer, but also to dedicate a few days to the most important cities that are located within a couple of hundred kilometers and, in any case , easily accessible. Here's what to see in Bordeaux and its surroundings in 7 days.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Bordeaux
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start from the center, starting from the famous one Piazza della Borsa , known both for its majestic historic buildings and for its "body of water".
Just 500 meters away is the Grand Theater de Bordeaux, an elegant neoclassical style building that is the setting for various artistic events. In less than 10 minutes on foot there is Saint-André cathedral (10: 00-18: 00, € 6,00), another symbol of the city in Romanesque style.
Stop for lunch at nearby O Marie-Annie.
Then spend the afternoon in the halls of Fine Arts Museum (11: 00-18: 00, € 5,00), which is located just 300 meters away: this museum, for the importance of the works housed, is second only to the Louvre in Paris and inside it is possible to admire, among the others, masterpieces by Picasso, Titian and Renoir.
At the end of the visit, take tram B to reach Place des Quinonces Bordeaux, a square known for hosting a monument dedicated to the Girondins who died during the French Revolution.
Spend the evening on the banks of the Garonne River, which runs through the city, strolling through the narrow streets. Centate from Belle Epoque.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 43 min
  • Places visited: Stock Exchange Square (free), Grand Theater, Saint-André Cathedral (€ 6,00), Museum of Fine Arts (€ 5,00), Place des Quinonces Bordeaux (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 39,00
  • guided walking tour
  • Lunch at O ​​Marie-Annie (Get directions), Dinner at La Belle Epoque (Get directions)

2 day

Visit the Saint-Michel district, located south of the city, here you will find the church of Saint-Michel (10: 00-17: 30, free). The Gothic-style building is a stop on the Camino de Santiago. Don't miss the majestic bell tower.

At 700 meters you will find the Marchè de Capucins (06: 00-14: 00, free), a folkloric covered market usually frequented by the local population and which is an essential place for shopping.
Have lunch right inside the market or at Cochon Volant.
Walk to it in a few minutes Victory Square, one of the most multicultural areas of the city.
With bus 1 or 11, then, head towards Gustave Eiffel footbridge, that is a railway bridge currently open only from the outside, and then continue towards the Saint-Eloi gate (by tram C or D). Here you will find another symbol of the city, namely the Grosse Cloche, a bell framed by two towers.
For our evening, join the Stone Bridge, characterized by the presence of 17 arches. Dine at Bistro Régent.


In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,0 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Saint-Michel district (free), Marché de Capucins (free), Place de la Victorie (free), Passerelle Gustave Eiffel (free), Saint-Eloi gate (free), Stone bridge (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 25,00
  • Lunch at Cochon Volant (Get directions), Dinner at Bistro Régent (Get directions)

3 day

Dedicate the day to the Cité du Vin (10: 00-19: 00, € 20,00), which is about 10 minutes outside Bordeaux, accessible by tram line B. Visit this cultural center obviously dedicated to wine, making tastings and experiencing multisensory paths. Take bus 45 which stops at Botanical Garden (08: 00-20: 00, € 2,00), perfect for spending time in absolute relaxation.

Have lunch in L'Estacade and then begin an afternoon dedicated to leisure. First, with tram A, reach Rue Sainte Catherine, a street full of trendy shops but also of artisan food shops. Continuing north, then, with a short walk of about ten minutes, you arrive at the most elegant area of ​​the city, characterized by luxurious boutiques, which are located along Cours de l'Intendence. In the immediate vicinity, you will also find the church of Notre-Dame (09: 00-19: 00, free), certainly different from the more famous one in Paris, but still interesting and worth a visit.
In the evening, dine at Le Chapon Fin.


In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,5 km / 1 h 21 min
  • Places visited: Cité du Vin (€ 20,00), Jardin Botanique (€ 2,00), Rue Sainte-Catherine (free), Cours de l'Intendence (free), Notre-Dame church (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 67,00
  • Entrance to the Cité du Vin and tasting
  • Lunch at L'Estacade (Get directions), Dinner at Le Chapon Fin (Get directions)

4 day

Here is a trip out of town to the Dune of Pilat in Arcachon Bay, which is the highest sand dune in Europe. We advise you to rent a car (from € 50,00 per day) or go on an organized tour. This destination can also be reached by train to Arcachon station, from which buses depart which take about 40 minutes to reach the dune (prices around € 5,00).

Once you arrive at your destination, climb the dune: the view at the top is undoubtedly unmissable.
Once you get off, stop for lunch at one of the kiosks at the base of the dune.
Head to the town of Arcachon, a town with a Moorish style, which fascinates for its promenade and its narrow streets full of shops. Unmissable for its houses with red roofs, is the fishermen's quarter of Aiguillon, as well as the Aquarium Museum (09: 45-18: 30) in the perfect style of the city.
If you have rented a car, stay here for the evening too, strolling first on the Thiers pier and then on to the city casino. Obviously, not before having dinner in one of the many fish-based restaurants, we suggest Le Piment Noir.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 151 km / 2 h 38 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Dune du Pilat (free), Arcachon (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00
  • Arcachon Bay and Dune of Pilat: Morning Tour from Bordeaux
  • Lunch at a street food venue, Dinner at Le Piment Noir (Get directions)

5 day

On the fifth day, dedicate the day to visiting Margaux, a town north of Bordeaux, which can be reached by a direct train to the city station, with a journey of about an hour. The main attraction of the city is it Château Margaux, (Mon-Fri, closed weekends, holidays, August and during the harvest - visit € 8,00), ancient construction of the XII century, today very important winery, which offers the possibility of guided tours and tastings.
Undoubtedly, in the morning you can participate in a tour of the castles with wine tasting and lunch, just to discover the characteristic flavors of the area, and then continue in the afternoon with a visit to the small town, also stopping at the church of Saint-Michel Margaux. Enjoy the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the city, lingering until the evening, then dine at Le Savoie.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 65,6 km / 1 h 40 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Chateau Margaux (€ 8,00), Saint-Michel Margaux church (free)
  • Médoc: 1 day wine tour Margaux: guided tour of the cellars and barrel tasting
  • Lunch with tour, Dinner at Le Savoie (Get directions)

6 day

Day dedicated to the visit of La Rochelle, a charming port town about 200 km south of Bordeaux. It can be reached by direct train in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Visit the historic center characterized by arcades overlooking the sea and, above all, its own majestic towers: Torre della Lanterna, Torre della Catena and Torre di San Nicola, now used as a private residence.
Have lunch at Le Panier de Crabes, a typical fish restaurant.
In the afternoon visit the porto vecchio, characterized by stone quays and white buildings which, although very elegant, refer to the original appearance of the port. From here, reach the maritime museum (10: 00-18: 30, € 9,00), with ancient French boats, and then the town hall, located in the plaza de la Cailla, and which is considered one of the oldest buildings, still in use with this function .
In the evening, after relaxing at the Charruyer Park (free and always accessible), only 8 minutes from the town hall, return to the old port and enjoy the typical atmosphere of the fishing villages, even at sunset. Stop for dinner at the Les Flots restaurant.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1 h 10 min
  • Places visited: La Rochelle old town (free), old port (free), Maritime Museum (€ 9,00), Town Hall (free), Charruyer Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Segway tour to the sea of ​​La Rochelle
  • Lunch at Le Panier de Crabes (Get directions), Dinner at Les Flots (Get directions)

7 day

The last excursion is to Toulouse, a city just over 200 km away and reachable by direct train in just two hours of travel. Toulouse is also called "the pink city", due to the recurring color of the bricks used for the construction of the buildings. Start from Campidoglio square 500 meters from here you will find the Roman basilica of Saint-Sernin (08: 30-19: 30, free), stop by Notre-Dame basilica (10: 00-19: 00, free), and then head to the Pont Neuf.
Have lunch at Le Mayombe restaurant and then visit the district of Saint-Cyprien, famous for its multi-ethnic appearance and for its covered market. Visit Les Abattoirs (10: 00-18: 00, € 5,00), modern art museum that houses more than 3.000 works including "The spoils of the Minotaur dressed in Harlequin" painted in 1936 by Picasso. Walks in the immense Parc de la Prairie des Filtres, (free and always accessible) that overlooks the city river.
In the evening, walk to the Saint-Pierre square, which is a real meeting point, full of clubs. Dine at Big Ginette, based on tapas.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h 1 min
  • Places visited: Piazza del Campidoglio (free), Basilica of Saint-Sernin (free), Church of Notre-Dame (free), Pont Neuf (free), Saint-Cyprien (free), Museum of Modern Art (€ 5,00), Parc de la Prairie des Filtres (free), Place saint-Pierre
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00,
  • Toulouse: 70-minute tour by open-top minibus
  • Lunch at Le Mayombe (Get directions), Dinner at Big Ginette (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Bordeaux

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

A stay in Bordeaux can be very cheap as most of the attractions are free and the cost of the restaurants is very low, compared to the average in Central Europe.

  • starting from € 77,00 return without stopovers -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • Wine and Cheese Tasting Cruise with wine tasting from Cité du Vin
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 601,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bordeaux: from March to October, to witness the spectacle of the vineyards - find out more
  • by plane. The airport is only 30 minutes from the center, 12 km, reachable by bus (line 1) for € 1,70
  • in order to enjoy all the attractions, we recommend staying overnight in the historic center. To save money, the advice falls on the Saint-Michel district: slightly decentralized, it is considered the most multi-ethnic area of ​​the city
  • Getting around: the historic center is very small, so it is possible to walk around. The city boasts an excellent bus network, with day passes starting at € 4,60
  • Recommended cards and passes: Bordeaux Métropole City Pass includes public transport, admission to 20 museums and attractions, tour on the tourist bus, free admission to the Cité du Vin before noon. Valid 24, 48 or 72 hours with prices starting from € 29,00

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