Untouched by the two world wars, Bordeaux’s beautiful 18thC buildings have been preserved and refurbished, with the old harbor and docks moved up-stream to the estuary, the Quay has been transformed into a wonderful 2km riverfront promenade, with restaurants and shops along the way.
The Water mirror
Don’t miss the famous water mirror “Miroir d’eau” located between Place de la Bourse and the river. Reflecting the beautiful buildings and statue of the 3 graces, it is a photographers paradise and childrens delight.
Modern and classical arts
Bordeaux is also a cultural city with several Museums and Art Galleries (both classical and contemporary) worth visiting. During summer months there are also numerous outdoor Exhibitions, Festivals and Concerts on offer. Information is available through the Tourism Office & Website.
Art on the street
In 2013, monumental sculptures by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa were exhibited throughout the city.This “face” stood near the Grand Theatre and the preceeding sculpture in the Place de la Bourse. A modern Tramway system – without overhead cables within the city – was inaugurated in 2003 providing Bordeaux with easy access for residents and visitors alike and is a handy mode of transport day & night. Discover the Park & Ride (P&R) tickets system for an economical way to get around.
Bistros and Restaurants
The 14thC St Simeon Church having undergone many transformations over the centuries now houses the Utopia Cinema where you can see French and foreign films. It also has a lively Bistro and is a great meeting spot.
For lovers of shopping, Rue Saint Catherine is a must. Being the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe, with over 240 shops, there is something for everyone to discover.