2 days in Bordeaux, heading for the Port de la Lune

The city of Bordeaux continues to attract tourists every year. Aside from its undeniably tasty vineyards, its architecture and heritage make you want to explore the region. Stroll through the narrow streets and admire its 'Haussmannian' architecture, which has undergone very little change for over two centuries. Many prestigious universities welcome new students who have come to learn. The universities of Bordeaux are very much in the public eye, attracting young people to enrol, and some of them leave their homes to settle in the Bordeaux region and achieve their goal of studying there. Among the city's countless institutions, museums also play an important role. The Cité du Vin is the most frequently visited because of its theme, as is the Musée de l'Aquitaine and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. To get to know the city down to the last detail, guided tours are organised every day to present the city's history and heritage.

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Day 1: Bordeaux city centre

Why not start the day with a stroll down the famous rue Sainte-Catherine. It's one of the city's must-sees, and impossible to miss. This entirely pedestrianised street links the Place de la Comédie, not far from the Grand Théâtre, to the Place de la Victoire with the Theimer column. It is 1,200 metres long and 10 metres wide. Usually packed with people, it's best to get there in the morning as soon as the shops open. You're bound to find something to suit your taste, with something to suit every budget. The Promenade Sainte-Catherine is home to over 200 shops, ranging from luxury boutiques to high street shops.

Pedestrians on rue Sainte Catherine in Bordeaux, France.

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The morning has gone by and you're starting to feel hungry, so the Aphrodite restaurant will be delighted to welcome you. The à la carte menu offers Greek specialities at excellent value for money.

After a good meal, head for Petrusse, a 9-minute walk from Rue Sainte Catherine. With over 300 points of sale, the boutique has become a benchmark in scarf design. You can accessorise your outfits more easily by choosing from a range of different stole styles.

Continue the walk and stop off at La Toque cuivrée, a traditional house specialising in Bordeaux cannelés. Taste them on the way to the Botanical Garden, just across the river and a 20-minute drive away. Discover a complete institution on the world of plants, a space devoted mainly to the conservation of botanical heritage. Guided tours and events are organised on a variety of themes.

Practical information

🕒 Opening times :

  • Open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Mondays

👛 Admission :

  • Full price €5 / Reduced price €3

The botanical gardens of Bordeaux, France.

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To round off the day, head to l'Estacade for dinner in its panoramic restaurant, which serves specialities from the South-West of France. Set on stilts, the restaurant overlooks the Place de la Bourse.

Day 2: Bordeaux, world wine capital

On this second day, discover what Bordeaux is so famous for. Have breakfast at Roze Bordeaux, which offers pastries and brunches. Take the car and drive 15 minutes to the famous Cité du Vin.

Alternatively, take tram line C to Quinconces and then line B to La Cité du Vin, which will take you 20 minutes. As its name suggests, this is a wine-themed exhibition located in the Bacalan district. Throughout your visit, you'll be offered a number of different options: wine tasting, exhibitions and events. The shape of the building is "reminiscent both of wine swirling in a glass and of the eddies of the Garonne, which borders the site". At 55 metres high, it has 10 floors, the 7th of which houses a gourmet restaurant called Le 7, offering a panoramic view of the entire Port de la Lune.

La Cité du vin est logée dans un bâtiment futuriste, Bordeaux, France.

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After your visit, you can have lunch on site at Le 7, or at the Scopitone restaurant, a 12-minute drive away. Its typically French cuisine is renowned for its foie gras, cooked to perfection by the chef.

The day continues with a wine theme, with excursions organised just outside the city, to the Médoc and Saint-Émilion wine-growing areas. Accompanied by guides, you'll explore Bordeaux's most prized vineyards, cellars and châteaux.

To book, visit getyourguide

A vineyard near Bordeaux, France.

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If you don't want to be accompanied on your visit, some estates are directly accessible by public transport, such as Château Luchey Halde, Château du Taillan and Château Pape Clément, one of the oldest Grands Crus in the region. Buses 23, 24 and 42 will take you in their direction. After a long day, the Tertre restaurant in Saint-Emilion will be delighted to welcome you and serve French cuisine at excellent value for money.

At the end of a day rich in discoveries, we suggest the Maison de la Tour to spend the night in a warm atmosphere.

Maison De La Tour Bordeaux
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Located in Saint-Émilion, 39 km from the Chaban Delmas Bridge and La Cité du Vin, Maison De La Tour offers free Wi-Fi.
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Practical information

🚌 How do I get there?

  • By tram: line B stop "Cité du vin".
  • By bus: lines 4, 7 and 45
  • From the centre of Bordeaux, it's a 10-minute drive to the Cité du Vin.

🕒 Opening times :

  • The Musée du Vin is open every day of the week from 10am to 6pm and at weekends and during the holidays from 10am to 7pm.
  • Restaurant Le 7 is open every lunchtime until 2.30pm and from Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 7pm.

👛 Prices:

Admission is €21 for adults, €16.80 for concessions and €9 for children aged between 6 and 17.

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