What to see in Bordeaux in 3 days

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Always famous for its wine, Bordeaux has recently increased its glory thanks to the charm of its architecture and the many possibilities it offers, not only in its enchanting historic center, but also in the unmissable excursions within a short distance. A destination that lends itself to being visited by couples looking for romantic corners, but also by lone travelers, lovers of art and border landscapes.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Bordeaux cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Piazza della Borsa, Grand Theater, Saint-André cathedral

The visit of Bordeaux begins with a rich breakfast at the Creperie Gourmand, located right in the center, which offers the most typical of French dishes, the crêpe, enriched with innovative and original recipes. Prices for breakfast, starting from € 10,00 per person. Immediately after, we set off to discover the symbol of the city, Piazza della Borsa, close to the Garonne River, with its historic buildings and the famous body of water (Miroir d'eau), which represents the greatest attraction. Of course, the square is always accessible and free.
Another symbolic place is the Grand Theater de Bordeaux, a majestic neoclassical palace which hosts the most important representations of the city. The visit of the Opera with authorized guides is possible from Tuesday to Sunday and availability and prices are to be checked according to the program of events.
Last stop, before dedicating yourself to lunch, is the cathedral of Saint-André, an imposing construction in Romanesque style, but with a truly austere interior. Entrance to the church is free from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00; to visit the bell tower you need to buy a ticket at a cost of € 6,00 per person, free for children under 18 and for the disabled with a companion. Right next to the cathedral, you will find your ideal place to have lunch: Plume, famous for its brunch and French cuisine. Prices from € 6,00 to € 15,00 per person.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Cité du Vin, rue Sainte Catherine, cours de l'Intendence, Notre Dame church

After lunch, your first stop will be the characteristic Cité du Vin, located about ten minutes from the center and reachable by tram line B. This cultural site will introduce you to wine as you have never known it, through multisensory experiences and thematic paths. Admission is allowed from 01/06 to 31/08 from 09:30 to 19:30; from 01/09 to 30/09 from 09:30 to 19:00 (Saturday and Sunday until 19:30); from 01/10 to 31/10 from 09:30 to 18:30 (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 19:00); from 01/11 to 31/12 from 9:30 to 18:00 (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays until 18:30). The cost of admission is € 20,00 for adults, reduced € 16,00; for children between 6 and 17 years, € 8,00, free for children under 6 years. At the end of the visit, the rest of the afternoon will undoubtedly be dedicated to relaxation, without giving up walking around the historic center and its beauties.
Walk the streets of Rue Sainte Catherine, full of shops for shopping, but above all of typical food shops. Continuing north of the historic center, you will come across another area dedicated to shopping, considered the most elegant in the city, that is Cours de l'Intendence, full of boutiques of the most famous brands. Along this road, you will also have the opportunity to meet the church of Our Lady which, although it is very different from the most famous in Paris, is still worth a visit. Admission is free and possible every day from 9:00 to 19:00.

3 - Evening: Place Des Quinconces Bordeaux, Dinner and Garonne riverside

Arrived in the evening, romantic and suggestive is undoubtedly a walk along the Garonne riverside, between shops and clubs obtained from old buildings that still characterize the area today. And if you want to dine right in the area, you could stop at the Bistrot L'Exploit, a place a stone's throw from the river, in perfect French style. dinner with prices from € 17: 00 to € 40: 00 per person. In the areas there is Place Des Quinconces Bordeaux, one of the largest squares in Europe, containing a monument dedicated to the Girondins who died during the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, also worth a visit.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11,5 km / 2 h 22 min
  • Places visited: Stock Exchange square, Grand Theater, Saint-André cathedral, Cité du Vin, rue Sainte Catherine, cours de l'Intendence, Notre Dame church, Garonne riverside
  • Bordeaux: entrance to the Cité du Vin and tasting
  • Breakfast at Creperie Gourmand (Get directions), Lunch at Plume (Get directions), Dinner at Bistrot L'Exploit (Get directions).

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Saint-Michel district, marché de Capucins

The second day can be dedicated to visiting the southern part of the city, but always after having breakfast in the center. The Food du Gout offers the possibility of a typical French breakfast even outdoors, with prices from € 3,00 to € 15,00 per person.
After this appetizing start, the direction is towards the already mentioned district of Saint-Michel where, unmissable stop, is the homonymous church, with the independent bell tower not far away. Beyond the fascinating gothic aspect, the church is important because it constitutes one of the stages of the famous Camino de Santiago. Access to the church is free and allowed every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 18:00. To visit the bell tower, however, you need a ticket costing € 5,00 per person.
Another unmissable visit, to be carried out necessarily in the morning to avoid the risk of finding it closed, is the Marché de Capucins, the largest covered market in Bordeaux open for free from Tuesday to Sunday, where you can shop, but also enjoy an authentic atmosphere of local people. If it's time for lunch, you can decide to have lunch right inside the market, perhaps choosing to vary the cuisine and taste the famous tapas of La Maison du Pata Negra. Prices from € 5,00 to € 20,00 per person.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Place de la Victoire, Passerelle Gustave Eiffell, Saint-Eloi

After a light lunch, your walk in the south of the city of Bordeaux can continue with a visit to Place de la Victoire, an equally folkloric place like the market, for the possibility of meeting different ethnic groups perfectly integrated in the Mediterranean context. To follow, a look at the Gustave Eiffell footbridges not to be missed: a railway bridge that can only be seen from the outside and whose practicability project should start in 2020. Your afternoon could end with a visit to the emblematic Saint-Eloi gate, surmounted by two towers and inside which is located the famous grosse cloche, the bell symbol of the city. The door is accessible every day from June to September, with opening hours from 13:00 to 19:00; from March to May and from October to November, only on Saturdays, from 14pm to 00pm. Single entry cost € 17 per person.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Ponte di Pietra

To stay in the area, we recommend staying along the Garonne and crossing, if you haven't done so the previous day, the Ponte di Pietra, built in the Napoleonic era and consisting of seventeen arches. In the area, you will surely find a place to dine, which meets your expectations with the right atmosphere. We recommend the O p'tit Bahut, slightly off center, but overlooking the river and the bridge. The cuisine is typical French and prices range from € 18,00 to € 24,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,9 km / 2 h 7 min
  • Places visited: district of Saint-Michel, marché de Capicins, place de la Victoire, Passerelle Gustave Eiffell, Saint-Eloi, Stone Bridge.
  • Breakfast at Food du Gout (Get directions), Lunch at La Maison du Pata Negra (Get directions), Dinner at O ​​p'tit Bahut (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Dune du Pilat

After having breakfast, you can dedicate the day to excursions outside the city, not far from the center of Bordeaux but definitely not to be missed. For your first meal of the day, we recommend the Kuro Espresso Bar Bordeaux, right in the center: all home-made food, with a price range for a breakfast from € 8,00 to € 12,00 per person. As soon as you load, your direction is without a doubt the Dune du Pilat, which is the highest dune in Europe, a kind of European desert. If you are without a car, you can reach the area by public transport, even if the journey is very long: first of all, in fact, you need to get to the Arcachon station; then, right in front of the stop, you can take the bus line 1, which leads in forty minutes right to the dune. Tickets start from € 5,00 each way per person and you must check the departure times before arriving on site, as they are not very frequent. Once you arrive at the dune, you will find yourself in front of a mountain of sand that can be climbed by sinking with your feet, or by walking up some steps, albeit at a very slow pace, as you will most likely find a mass of tourists. At the top, however, the show is guaranteed. The dune can be visited at any time of the year and has no entrance fee. Certainly, once you get off, you won't want to lock yourself in a restaurant, so we recommend having lunch in a kiosk or in a chalet right at the foot of the dune. Among others, you could choose Le Food Truck des Dunes, a sort of fast food restaurant with prices below € 10,00 per person.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Arcachon

Probably tired but satisfied by the morning excursion, you could dedicate the afternoon to the town of Arcachon, a Moorish-style maritime destination, full of restaurants, ice cream parlors and a very popular promenade. The charm of Arcachon, however, has been known for several centuries, having been the seaside destination of numerous illustrious personalities, such as D'Annunzio or Lautrec. Very picturesque to visit, is the fishermen's district of Aiguillon, characterized by small houses with red roofs and verandas overlooking the sea.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Thiers pier

Before taking your train back to Bordeaux, you could spend time on the Thiers pier which, especially in the summer, comes alive with events and events and end your day out with a delicious dinner at La Saison 3, an excellent fish restaurant with price range from € 15,00 to € 45,00 per person. If you are not tired yet, you could make a bet at the Arcachon Casino, open every day from 11:00 with free admission.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 89,6 km / 1 h 33 min
  • Places visited: Dune du Pilat, Arcachon
  • Arcachon Bay: Morning Tour from Bordeaux
  • Breakfast at Kuro Espresso Bar Bordeaux (Get directions), Lunch at Le Food Truck des Dunes (), Dinner at La Saison 3 ()

How much does a weekend in Bordeaux cost

Bordeaux is a typical European city, with characteristics very similar to the other small countries of France, but also of Central Europe. Despite being a very elegant and refined center, it does not present itself as an expensive destination and, depending on the choices, it can fit into various budgets, also considering the daily expenses for food and leisure.

  • Costs to eat: from € 50,00 on average per day per person for breakfast, lunches and dinners
  • Costs for museums and attractions: less than € 10,00 per day per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: from € 4,60 per day per person for transport passes; € 1,50 each way per person for the transfer from the airport to the center
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per day per person for a coffee in the bistro and aperitif with a glass of wine and a platter of cold cuts or cheeses.
  • Total cost of a weekend in Bordeaux: starting from € 290,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bordeaux: Bordeaux is a small town located in southwestern France, in the center of the famous wine region of Aquitaine and is influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to its rich cultural heritage, as well as landscape, it lends itself to being visited all year round even if we could define the period between the end of spring and the beginning of autumn as the best, thanks to the spectacle of the vineyards, which live their flowering. Furthermore, the climate is mild and never excessively hot, with the only risk of encountering some rain, especially in the summer months. Find out the best time to go to Bordeaux, climate and month-by-month tips
  • the best way to reach Bordeaux is definitely by plane. The city is connected with the rest of Europe thanks to its Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, located about forty minutes to the west. Even with Italy there are numerous connections with various low cost airlines, which allow you to get to Bordeaux in just two hours by flight from Rome-Ciampino. The city center is 12 km from Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, reachable by bus (line 1) in about 25 minutes for € 1,70
    Flights starting from € 20,00 -
  • undoubtedly, the neighborhood to be preferred to stay overnight in Bordeaux is the historic center, full of accommodations for every budget and convenient for visiting most of the attractions, from cultural ones to those dedicated to leisure, such as shops for shopping or clubs for evening entertainment. For those with a more limited budget, the advice falls on the Saint-Michel district: slightly decentralized, it is considered the most multi-ethnic area of ​​the city and is enhanced by the presence of the homonymous station, which also connects the other cities of France.
    Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Getting around: Bordeaux is a small city mainly focused on its historic center so the best way to get around is definitely on foot or by public transport, also considering that many areas are off-limits to the circulation of cars. The bus network is very efficient and offers daily passes for € 4,60 or weekly passes for € 13,00 per person. Find out how to move around Bordeaux: info, costs and tips

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