Attractions

Top Choice Natural Feature in Pyla-sur-Mer

Dune du Pilat

This colossal sand dune (sometimes referred to as the Dune de Pyla because of its location 4km from the small seaside resort town of Pyla-sur-Mer), 8km south of Arcachon, stretches from the mouth of the Bassin d'Arc…
Top Choice Museum in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

La Cité du Vin

The complex world of wine is explored in depth at ground-breaking La Cité du Vin, a stunning piece of contemporary architecture resembling a wine decanter on the banks of the River Garonne. The curvaceous gold build…
Top Choice Gallery in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

La Base Sous-Marine

By far the city's eeriest and most menacing sight, this mammoth hulk of a submarine base (1941–43) was one of five built on the Atlantic Coast by the Germans during the WWII. Designed as a bunker to protect German U…
Top Choice Fountain in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Miroir d’Eau

A fountain of sorts, the Miroir d'Eau is the world's largest reflecting pool. Covering an area of 3450 sq metres of black granite on the quayside opposite the imposing Palais de la Bourse, the 'water mirror' provide…
Top Choice Cathedral in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Cathédrale St-André

The Cathédrale St-André, a Unesco World Heritage Site prior to the city's classification, lords over the city. The cathedral's oldest section dates from 1096; most of what you see today was built in the 13th and 14t…
Top Choice Church in Saint-Michel & Capucins-Victoire

Basilique St-Michel

This imposing Flamboyant Gothic church lies at the heart of St-Michel. Begun in the 14th century, it took more than 200 years to complete and is best known for its impressive stained glass. With the exception of tho…
Square in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Place de la Bourse

This is Bordeaux's most iconic square. A mirage of elegance and symmetry, it was laid out by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel between 1730 and 1775 and signified the dramatic opening up of the historic centre to the R…
Cultural Centre in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

Le Garage Moderne

A trio of dedicated mechanics help locals fix their own cars and bicycles at this alternative garage that doubles as experimental cultural space in the edgy Bacalan district. Help yourself to tea or coffee, and wand…
Museum in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

Musée du Vin et du Négoce

This small Wine and Trade Museum, hidden in one of the city's oldest buildings – an Irish merchant's house dating to 1720 in the ancient trading district of Chartrons – offers a fascinating insight into the historic…
Monument in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Porte Cailhau

The main entrance into medieval Bordeaux, this grandiose 15th-century city gate was built to celebrate King Charles VII's victory at the Battle of Fornovo (1495) and conquest of the kingdom of Naples. The campaign i…