In 2007, Bordeaux was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site and became the largest urban area to be so designated – with some 1,810 hectares, which amounts to almost half the area of the city! Fifteen years later, new buildings have enriched the heritage of the city and coexist in harmony with their historical neighbours.
A dream landscape! The heart of the city, completely adapted for trams and bicycles, makes it really easy to move from one district to another, with the Garonne River always as a main thread.
Each district has its own atmosphere! In the north, the Chartrons, formerly the fief of the wine merchants, has become the home of second-hand goods dealers, antique dealers, good restaurants and small independent shops. There is also the vast place des Quinconces. Behind its plane trees, the district of Grands Hommes is a tribute to our intellectuals, from Montaigne to Diderot: it is also called the “triangle” for its luxury shops, its private hotels and the majestic Grand Théâtre, a balance masterpiece signed by Victor Louis. To the right, Rue Sainte Catherine, Europe’s longest pedestrian and shopping street and a landmark for shopping enthusiasts!
A few blocks away is the old town of Bordeaux: Saint Pierre, a trendy and gourmet district with its quality restaurants and terraces along the squares and pedestrian streets, where you’ll be able to admire the mascarons of Bordeaux, the famous ornaments sculpted in stone.
On the quayside, the Place de la Bourse and its majestic 18th century facades are a delight for visitors who have come to take THE souvenir photo of Bordeaux.
Right in front of the Place de la Bourse is the “Miroir d’eau” – the largest water mirror in the world – which captivates the visitors with its mist show. A short hop and here is Pey Berland, with its three UNESCO listed monuments: the Pey Berland Tower, with a magnificent viewpoint over the city, the Saint-André cathedral and the Rohan palace, which now the town hall. To the south, the Porte Cailhau and the Grosse Cloche allow to locate Saint-Michel: this cosmopolitan district attracts visitors with its lively Marché des Capucins and its flea markets. A stopover at the 114-metre high Flèche Saint Michel is a must.
Then we discover the Place de la Victoire and its 24-h animation, its terraces and bars filled with students. At the borders of the city, two new districts are emerging and redrawing the contours of Bordeaux: Bassins à Flot to the north, a former manufacturing centre, and Euratlantique to the south, a comprehensive development operation covering 738 hectares around the station and the municipalities of Bègles and Floirac.