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Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
French holiday bring?

Bordeaux without borders with Marie Tchin

Skating in Bordeaux, on a bridge over the Garonne
Awarded “Best of 2017” by Lonely Planet, and an official UNESCO world heritage site, Bordeaux, known locally as the sleeping beauty is wide awake and rearing to go! Come along, I'll take you for a stroll along the banks of the Garonne.
Sneakers at dawn
Sunrise over Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge

Bordeaux holds its marathon every year in March, and the riverside is perfect for a run on the “Two Bridge Round”. Just over 4 magical miles to get your training in when the sun comes up.

Down on the water
Paddle boarding and canoeing on the Garonne

Paddleboard, kayak... Throughout the year, Marins de la Lune organises watersport outings on the river (External link).

Mirror, mirror on the... square?
Locals cool off in the Miroir d’eau in Bordeaux

Definitely the most photographed spot in Bordeaux. Created in 2006 by the landscape artist Michel Corajoud, and the fountain designer Jean-Max Llorca, and a Modern World Heritage Site, the Miroir d'eau (Water Mirror) alternates between ephemeral reflections of light and mist.

Anchors aweigh!
Kids have fun in the Miroir d'eau

Bordeaux is also a port, where 20-30 cruise liners moor every year between Place de Quinconces and Les Chartrons. You will also find river cruisers to take you on a tour of the vineyards and heritage sites.

A skater’s (and photographer’s) delight
Skate park on the Chartrons quayside

The Colbert Skate Park, opposite Hangar 14, is one of the largest of its kind, and paradise for skaters, rollerbladers, and even BMX bikers.

Wine, a living art
The amazing architecture of the Cité du Vin  

A place dedicated entirely to wine. A journey spanning eras and civilizations. And a panoramic tasting 35m up (External link)

A break in no hurry at all
The synthetic beach at Chantiers de la Garonne

At the Chantiers Garonne you can sample a Darwin Beer, steaks, and seafood from your chaise longue, with your feet doodling in the sand…

Alternative, you say?
An alternative urban space: Darwin in Bordeaux

Darwin is an alternative space, an environmental and activist venue occupying the old Niel barracks. Graffiti on the walls, skate park, brunch at the Bistrot-Réfectoire, and an extensive organic store... You can also get a tattoo or buy a motorbike!

Get the night off to a good start
Pretty reflections in the Fountain of the Three Graces, in Bordeaux

See you opposite Louis Visconti’s Fountain of the Three Graces for dinner in the square, in an 18th century interior.

Where next?

For dinner and dancing under the Chinese lanterns (External link)
For dinner on stilts (External link)
• For the unusual interior and the fantastic terrace: Le Grand Bar Castan
For a riverside outing on Segway, bike, or gyro scooter (External link)
• For Italian-style tapas down by the Garonne: Perditempo

Getting to Bordeaux