Bordeaux in the morning
Village of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
St. Andrew's Cathedral
The cloister of the Collegiate church in Saint Emilion, France
Obelisk and Aquitaine Gate on Place de la Victoire in Bordeaux, France
Aerial View of the Basin of Arcachon
Discover Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion and Arcachon for a great weekend
Welcome to Aquitaine! Bordeaux makes an ideal starting point for a weekend with family or friends, whether you are looking for the ‘route des vins’ or cultural discovery: After visiting the centre and old town, the Cité du Vin and the Botanical Gardens, your itinerary takes you to the beautiful medieval city of Saint-Émilion and then on to Arcachon. An opportunity to grab some fresh air on the sea front or even to take a boat trip. You can either stop here for the rest of your stay or end with a nice Bordeaux evening before you leave.
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Take the time to discover the historic centre of Bordeaux on your first day. Take in Porte de l’Aquitaine, the Obelisk and Place de la Victoire, before heading to La Marne and Place Saint-Michel and visiting the eponymous basilica. Finally, head down into the old town, from the Rue de la Roussele to the Place de la Bourse, passing by the family house of Montaigne. If there is time, be sure to visit the Museum of Fine Arts or the Museum of Decorative arts, depending on your affinities.
If you weren’t able to get there the day before, take a trip to Saint-André Cathedral or the Saint-Seurine Basilica and then head straight to Cité du Vin! Its Belvedere offers a breathtaking 360 ° view across the city. Next, cross the Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge to reach La Bastide. Test your biodiversity culture by visiting Magasin Général de Darwin and the city’s botanical gardens. Finally, cross the stone bridge to end your day at Quai Richelin, where you can enjoy a well-deserved aperitif.
Leave Bordeaux for Saint- Émilion, less than an hour away by train or car. This medieval city may be famous for its wine but it’s also a jewel of history and a visual delight! Admire its gold stone buildings surrounded by vineyards, take time out to sit in the bell tower, visit its Monolithic Church and take a tour in the cloister of the Collegiate Church... Time will be running out if you go to see everything but do try and visit the underground sites of the city around the market square – so rare in France.
For a change of scenery, head for the sea air of Arcachon – also an hour’s ride away. The balmy scent of ocean and pine immediately submerges you into the ambiance. Explore the waterfront (or the Ville d’été), with its seafood terraces and pier. You can also head to Ville d’hiver, to enjoy its beautiful streets lined with villas and, for a more relaxed atmosphere, its forest. You now have the choice to end your stay or prolong your holidays in Bordeaux… where a thousand things remain undiscovered.
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