What to see in Bordeaux in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Bordeaux is a splendid city in France, rich in places of unparalleled historical and cultural interest, which has nothing to envy to the other best-known cities of the nation. Mostly famous for its wines, known all over the world, could reserve you pleasant cultural surprises. It is easy to get lost in its streets, enchanted by the architecture of buildings and squares, by the bell towers that seem to pierce the sky and by the omnipresent churches, but this is not necessarily bad. However, if you have little time available to visit it, it is good to keep in mind which are its main stops, also because visiting it all in 24 hours is practically impossible. Here are some suggestions, with a itinerary that will take you to discover Bordeaux in 24 hours.


  1. Bordeaux day itinerary: Morning
  2. Bordeaux day itinerary: Afternoon
  3. Bordeaux day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Bordeaux day itinerary: Morning

1 - Basilica of San Michele, Porte Cailhau

We start from the Gare de Bordeaux de Saint-Jean station. From here, taking tram C for 3 stops, you will arrive at Boulangerie Saint Michel, a typical French bakery-pastry, which will allow you to make one typical local breakfast with freshly baked products for around € 2,50 per piece. From here you will head towards the Basilica of San Michele. In addition to being one of the most important places of worship in Bordeaux, it is also famous for its bell tower, which is one of the highest in France with its 114,60 meters high. The Basilica was also included among the heritages ofUnesco in 1998.
Taking the Rue de la Fusterie heading north you will arrive in no time at Porte de Bourgogne and, continuing north along the river coast, you will come to Doors Cailhau, one of the most important monuments of Bordeaux. This huge monument, 10 meters high, was built in 1495 using a style that seems to be the link between the Gothic and the Renaissance styles. The visual impact is very impressive, and this is precisely what makes this "door" a fixed stop in Bordeaux.

2 - Place de la Bourse, Musée National Des Douanes, Grand Theater

Continuing on foot on Rue du Chai des Farines for 5 minutes you will find yourself in front of Place de la Bourse, symbol of the city. In this splendid square you will find a fountain built in 2006, which allows the various buildings that overlook the square to be reflected in its body of water that entirely covers its pavement. Among these buildings is the Museè National del Douanes, with its original representation of the history of France.
Now take Rue Saint Remi and turn into Rue Pillers de Tutelle until Bordeaux Opera House. Imposing in its structure, the National Opera House, built at the behest of Richelieu in the eighteenth century and built in a neoclassical style with decorations in white and gold marble, has inside a room that can comfortably hold 1.000 people and is still completely functioning, to the great joy of the inhabitants of the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 24 min
  • Places visited: Basilica of San Michele (free), Porte Cailhau (free), Place de la Bourse (free), Musée National Des Douanes (€ 3,00), Grand Theater (€ 6,00)
  • Recommended tours and useful tickets: Walking City Tour with Wine Tasting, Bordeaux City Pass
  • Where to have breakfast: La Boulangerie Saint Michel, 51 rue des Faures

Bordeaux day itinerary: Afternoon

1 - Bordeaux Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts

Taking the Tram B you will arrive in about 10 minutes at Glouton le Bistrot, an excellent place for a tasty and quick lunch. With a cost of about € 20,00 you can have lunch with typical traditional French dishes, before visiting the Bordeaux Cathedral, not far from there. This impressive Gothic church is located in the heart of the city. Not to be missed is its bell tower, built a short distance from the church, and called Pey Berland tour, from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the city. Once you get off the bell tower it is time for the next cultural destination, which you will find a short distance from here: the Fine Arts Museum. In this small museum you will find permanent and temporary exhibits, covering sculptures, paintings and much more.

2 - Chateau du Ha, Musèe D'Aquitaine, Eglise Saint Paul

A stone's throw from here you will also find another very important place for Bordeaux, the Castle of Ha (Chateau du Ha), used as a prison during the German occupation and now part of the lecture hall of the master's school. After this short stage, proceed on Rue du Ha and cutting into Cours Pasteur, you will arrive at Museum of Aquitaine. This site, which is among the most important in Bordeaux, hosts collections of all kinds: from statues to primitive finds to priceless jewels.
Once out of the museum, walk along Rue des Ayres until you reach theEglise Saint Paul, with its interiors decorated with Orthodox icons representing the Virgin Mary and Jesus, marble columns and carved wood, in addition to the splendid lamps, definitely original and spectacular.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 32 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral and Pey-Berland Tour (€ 6,00), Museum of Fine Arts (€ 5,00), Castle of Ha (free) Museum of Aquitaine (€ 5,00), Eglise Saint Paul (free)
  • guided tour of the city in electric minicar. Afternoon bike tour
  • Where to have lunch: Glouton le Bistro, 15 rue des Freres Bonie

Bordeaux day itinerary: Evening

1 - Dinner and Rue Sainte Catherine

It is now evening, and it is time for dinner. Head to quai des Chartrons for an unforgettable dinner thanks to Le Confidentiel. At reasonable prices (about € 25,00) you can spend a pleasant evening with excellent dishes and, if you are lucky, you can also listen to good live music.
In the evening leave it free for a walk on Rue Sainte Catherine, one of the most important streets in Bordeaux. Full of shops and meeting places, it is also the longest pedestrian street in Europe with its 1.200 meters in length. Strolling along this characteristic street you will also find several points of interest, such as Place Sainte Projet and the Galerie Bordelaise.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,4 km / 55 min
  • Places visited: Rue Sainte Catherine (free)
  • entrance to the Cité du vin and tasting 2 hour river cruise with dinner
  • Where to dine: Le Confidentiel, 80 quai des Chartron

Before leaving: useful tips

Are you sure you know everything about Bordeaux? If in doubt, we give you some useful tips that could be useful during your trip.

  • the city can be easily reached via the airport (Bordeaux-Merignàc) or railway station;
  • Weather: the climate is generally mild;
  • Getting around: the historic center is full of pedestrian streets, so go ahead with comfortable shoes and a hat to shelter from the sun;
  • Living room: if you want to extend your visit and enjoy Bordeaux by night, check out our accommodation offers.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

We told you that visiting all of Bordeaux in one day is virtually impossible: here is what we have left aside due to the limited time available.

  1. City of wine: this place is too far to be included in the itinerary;
  2. Jacques Chaban Delmas bridge: the bridge is in a rather uncomfortable position to be included in the 24-hour itinerary;
  3. Chateau Pape Clèment: like the attractions just mentioned, this one is too far away to be reached and visited in one day.

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