Things to See and Do

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The Cathédrale Saint André is probably the city’s major landmark, and a UNESCO World Heritage site at Place Jean Moulin. Most of the building dates to the 13th and 14th century, but some of its oldest parts go back as far as 1096. The** Tour Pey-Berland **is the enormous gothic belfry - climbing the 200+ stairs to the top will be rewarded a spectacular view of the city below.

If museums and galleries are your thing, then Bordeaux has plenty to offer - The Musée and Galerie des Beaux Arts offer the art buffs among you plenty of 17th and 18th century Flemish, Dutch and Italian paintings to look at (along with touring exhibitions), while the** Musée d’Aquitaine** houses Greek and Roman relics dating back tens of thousands of years.

If you prefer things a little more modern, then the CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain offers cutting-edge modern art in a stunning setting. Entry to the permanent collection is free, touring exhibitions tend to come with an entry fee (around €5).

The city’s main squares also offer some lovely architecture and monuments to take in - you may well have heard the local team referred to as Girondins de Bordeaux, and if you head to Esplanade des Quinconces (the site of the fanzone) you’ll see the fountain monument to the Girondins - a group of National Assembly deputies from the French revolution who were executed in 1793 by Robespierre for counter-revolutionary activities. So now you know what that’s all about.

The Place de la Bourse is probably the most well-known sight of Bordeaux, and the recently installed Miroir d’eau (mirror of water) in front offers fantastic photo opportunities reflecting the 18th century architecture.

On a sunny day, little beats a stroll along the banks of the Garonne and the Les Quais area, but a little spell in the Jardin Public might offer some competition. A beautiful public park, it first opened in 1755 and offers a nice break of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Or you could always escape to one of the region’s many vineyards - plenty of which are household names such as Chateau Latour, Petrus, and Lafite Rothschild (if you’re from a rich household, that is).. There are plenty of tour operators in the city who can arrange wine tastings at local wine producers, from Saint Emillion to Medoc - pick your poison, and find details at the Tourist Office.