City of Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

The city of Bordeaux is included to the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine and to the department Gironde

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An introduction to the wonders of the city of Bordeaux

Bordeaux also called the Sleeping City is a city rich in history and incredibly abundant heritage. It is a city where life is good, with a mild climate all year round the Atlantic coast, rich in surprises. Bordeaux is one of the most developed cities in France, hosting more than two million tourists a year. This is not surprising given the richness of its history, which is reflected in the hundreds of monuments of the city that are mobile and characterized by a characteristic revolution. The Port of the Moon as it was named by UNESCO in 2007, has a face marked by centuries of commerce with the other world that makes Bordeaux a city open to other horizons. Cultural city, close to the ocean, it offers an idyllic setting for family outings or to taste the most prestigious wines of the world, all the reasons are good to come to Bordeaux!

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At the water's edge

Bordeaux is a city located in the south-west of France in the Aquitaine region and in the gentle department of the Gironde which borders the immense Atlantic Ocean. The city is crossed by the river Garonne which draws the face of Bordeaux and gives it its particular character. The left bank of the Garonne, where most of the city is located, is marked by a mostly tidy landscape of where Bordeaux originates from its name, and the right bank rests on the sandy soil characteristic of the soil of the Landes in very low altitude. Bordeaux is a city close to the sea that has everything for you to spend a pleasant stay. Indeed, Bordeaux is a city where life is good thanks to its southern ocean climate. Winters are usually very short and cold, the weather is very hot and the autumns are very long. The rainfall of the city is fairly consistent but is distributed throughout the year nevertheless Bordeaux enjoys a very pronounced sunshine throughout the year. © e year. The average hours of sunshine is in fact more than 2000 hours a year, which is quite remarkable for such a big city.

A rich history

Bordeaux presents an idyllic setting in which a rich and abundant history has unfolded. Bordeaux is very known for its culture and history. Did you know that during three centuries Bordeaux was in the hands of the English? Did you know that in the eighteenth century the sleeping city was the capital of Guyenne or that Bordeaux was twice the capital of France? This city has a history rooted in the various upheavals experienced by France during centuries, it is in a way the reflection in microcosm of the history of France. With every step taken in the city center of Bordeaux, you will discover many treasures that are within your reach without you even realizing it. It is no surprise that Bordeaux was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 under the name of the Port of the Moon, on the list as an exceptional urban ensemble, which was also a first World.

Many historical monuments

You will not be disappointed to discover the second largest city in France with the highest number of listed monuments. So you will be able to discover these wonders, most of which are classified as historical heritage simply by flitting through the streets of the sleeping city. The ancient monuments are numerous and date back to Antiquity, the only vestige of the Gallo-Roman era is the Amphi Theater, known as the Palais Gallien, which was burned 3rd century of which it remains, nowadays, only some arches and spans. You will also be able to admire the oldest church in the city, the Saint-Seurin church, which was very visited until the Middle Ages by pilgrims from St-Seurin. Jacques de Compostela who came to visit the Bât de St Martial. You will not be able to pass next to the cathedral Saint-Andrà © and the Pey-Berland Tower with its gothic royal door and its various biblical representations including the Cène in bas-relief. The Basilica of Saint Michael is distinguished by its tower which is the highest in the south west region ... There are dozens of religious monuments that are worth the visit dating from that era such as the Holy Church -Pierre, the Saint-Bruno church, the Notre-Dame church or the Sainte-Croix church. The monuments dating from the classical period are also numerous, they are characterized by their civil character because indeed it was during this period of the seventeenth century, Bordeaux has undergone the most changes in urban planning. You will not be able to pass the quays that are the heart of the city and the various large squares that make the chic of Bordeaux. The quays of the left bank are, indeed, detached by their vastness, and represent one of the most beautiful heritage of the city. The facades of the square date from the seventeenth century, the quays take place over a length of more than 80 meters wide, which separates the Garonne from the buildings over a length of more than 4.5 kilometers, enough for a family ride. The Place de la Bourse is very representative of the work carried out in the 18th century, a time synonymous with the architectural break with the Middle Ages, becoming the symbol of the success of the city. This place changed its name multiple times, varying with the political regimes in place to become the Place de la Bourse in 1848. Today we find the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bordeaux and especially since 2006 a mirror of water embellishes the place by letting its reflection shine and mysteriously misting the places. Victory Square as for it has been created in order to replace the medieval doors to let there triumph Arc de Triomphe, successively named the Porte d'Aquitaine then the Victory Gate after the Second World War. Different doors make the city famous as the Porte Dijeaux, the Porte de Bourgogne or the Porte de la Monnaie, which are imposing monuments structuring the city. Come and discover one of the most beautiful theaters in France, the Grand Theater of Bordeaux located on the Place de la Comedie, which was built at the Italian, in order to discover its interior decorations of origins or to simply go to see a piece of theater. The Palais Rohan is at the base an old archipelago palace then became the imperial residence of Napoleon 1st to become since 1835 the town hall of the city hall of Bordeaux. The Pierre Bridge is also a must to visit. It is the first bridge over the Garonne and for a very long time the only one in the city. It was commissioned by the Emperor Napoleon I, who left his mark with seventeen arches representing the number of letters in his own name, and each pile of bricks is raised by one month. white daillon in honor of the emperor.

Shopping in town

In Bordeaux everything is ready to go, there are so many magical places to discover that you will need more than one weekend to enjoy it. The city is very accessible for shopping. All you have to do is take Rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian street in Europe, to satisfy your shopping desires. The courtyard of the Intendance connects the Place de la Comedie to the place Gambetta, it is said that this courtyard connected to the courtyard Georges-Clemenceau and allées de Tourny form a golden triangle where all are located the most prestigious shops in the city.

Parks, gardens and museums

Many green spaces are available to onlookers: the floral park, the Botanical Park or the Parc des Lumières on the quay on the left bank. If you want to discover art objects, there are various specialized museums that exhibit permanently and occasionally. Discover the museum of Aquitaine which presents the history of the civilization of Bordeaux and the region. The Museum of Decorative Arts meanwhile presents various decorative objects dating from the eighteenth century representative of the opulence of the bourgeoisie Bordeaux. The Musée des Beaux Arts exhibits very regularly thematic exhibitions not to be missed. If you want to discover an atypical exhibition place, head for the underwater base which is a former military base used during the Second World War, converted into a place of creation and artistic exhibition. musical, art-plastic, cultural in itself. Bordeaux is a city where culture takes place in all its forms, the city counts more than thirty places of spectacle such as Comédie Galien, the Atlantic Manufacture, the Halle des Chartrons or the Temple du HÃ' ¢.

The vine and the wine

What would Bordeaux be without its wine that makes it famous all over the world? The sleepy city could not be described without evoking the importance of viniculture in the Bordeaux heritage, which makes it the world capital of wine. The vineyards of Bordeaux are divided into several regions called the MÃ © doc, Bourgeais-Blayais, terroirs, Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers. You can visit these areas to taste the best wines in the world, be they Saint-Emilion, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Sauternes or Pomerol, have your taste buds to enjoy maximum of these marvels Bordeaux. All you have to do is get your tickets to visit this city rich in history and rich heritage.

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Surrounding towns

  • Mérignac ~6 km
  • Pessac ~5 km
  • Cenon ~4 km
  • Talence ~4 km
  • Blanquefort ~9 km
  • Gradignan ~8 km
  • Ambarès-et-Lagrave ~12 km
  • Cestas ~14 km
  • Eysines ~8 km
  • Lormont ~6 km

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To come to Bordeaux all means are good to move to the sleepy city. You can take the airways, the railways, but also by road. As for the plane, Bordeaux has a very developed airport located in MÃ © rignac. Arrived in Bordeaux you can either rent a car to reach Bordeaux even by the ring road or then take public transport which are very well served such as the Jet Bus shuttle that connects Bordeaux to the airport. By railways, the Saint-Jean-de-Bordeaux station is served by TGV and TER lines throughout France. From Paris, go to the Montparnasse station to take a TGV train to Bordeaux for 3 hours of travel, which will be 2 hours of travel by 2016. Regarding the roadways, you must know that Bordeaux is considered as a preponderant road junction that serves to connect Spain and the Atlantic coast to northern Europe. Bordeaux is connected on all sides thanks to the various motorways. From Paris you will have to pass by the A10 motorway, on the east side by the A89 and on the south side by the A65 to join Mont-de-Marsan and Pau and the A63 to join Bayonne or Spain. In summer the Bordeaux ring road is often saturated with people, because of the various departures on holidays.

Bordeaux city hall

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Bordeaux City Hall
Place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, France
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+33 5 56 10 20 30
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