Bordeaux's Top 10
Collected by Lisa Cheng, AFAR Contributor
Esplanade de Pontac, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux, France
Forgo the vineyard-hopping and head to La Cité du Vin (opening in June 2016) to broaden your horizons on the culture, consumption and history of wine. The futuristic building, whose fluid curves evoke the trunk of a grapevine or the swirling...
Often overshadowed by cathedrals like Reims and Notre Dame de Paris, the Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux achieved a page in history as a stop along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, as well as the site of the royal marriage of...
16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Wine entrepreneur and art aficionado Bernard Magrez is the mastermind behind this institution that supports contemporary artists with a residence program and exhibition spaces—in an 18th-century mansion, no less. Explore the light-flooded...
Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Built in 1780 when Bordeaux was at the height of its wealth, the Grand Théâtre—adorned with Corinthian columns and sculptures of the Muses—ranks as one of the city’s grand edifices. Marvel at the ornate interiors: a Bohemian-crystal chandelier...
Espl. Linné, 33100 Bordeaux, France
Once a training ground for apothecaries and physicians studying herbal medicine, the Botanical Garden is a welcome respite from a long day of sightseeing (or perhaps too much winetasting). Modern and striking, the park has more than 3,000 exotic...
Place du Colonel Raynal, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Occupying two wings of an 1881 edifice, the Musée de Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux houses one of the most significant collections of European paintings and sculptures outside of Paris, with a strong representation of Dutch and Flemish masters and local...
Grotte de Pair-non-Pair, Chemin de Pair Non Pair, 33710 Prignac-et-Marcamps, France
The Paleolithic-era Grotte de Pair-Non-Pair may be less well-known than the caves in Lascaux, but it’s no less remarkable (and here you’ll get to see the cave proper, not a reconstruction). Neanderthals once inhabited this dwelling, leaving flint...
Place des Créneaux Le Doyenné, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France
Under an hour by car or train from Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion is the perfect day trip for history aficionados and fans of bold red wines. Along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town's steep, cobbled...
59 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux, France
The crescent-shaped area on the right bank of the Garonne River is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of particular note are the splendid neoclassical buildings constructed during the Age of Enlightenment thanks to the wealth of the wine...
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