5 Things to do in Bordeaux - Get active!

I am totally on a walk and move it spree. I am exploring ways o get active and see the city. No more days of"just" lazing in cafes and soaking sun on the beaches, there will be more walking!

1. Walking tour - Whether you have 1 day or 2 days in Bordeaux, you should definitely do the walking tour. This is offered by the tourism board of Bordeaux and the guide speaks in French, English and German. (Good for me, whatever I miss in English, I catch up in German! Graaa)
The guide walks you through the Monument aux Girondins. It is a fabulous monument to start to the walking tour as one can wholly appreciate the monument with the stories around it.
Monument aux Girondins at Place de Quinconces

The rest of the walking tour takes you through the Golden Triangle, which is bound by 3 alleys and boulevards in the inner city and shows the city architecture as planned out by Tourny. The tour takes 2 hours and ends at Palais de la Bourse.

2. City seeing bus tour - If you can't do the walking tour, I would recommend the bus tour. Contrary to the younger generation who think these bus tours are for seniors and families with kids, I like these because for all these reasons

  • You can sit on the top, enjoy the open air and sunshine (in spring- summer)
  • You can hear the commentary in a language of your choice without struggling with guide books as a part of "soak-in-culture"or get your spot ahead in a guided tour
  • The bus stops at signals and main places a few seconds longer for you to take photos, why not take them from the top angle!
Typical architecture of Slate roofs, ochre outer walls with French windows
3. Tram ride to Chatrons - I stayed in the Chatrons area. It is a little away from the central area but totally walkable (about 2-3 kilometers). But I recommend the tram ride to this quarter. The district is popular because of the Irish, English settlers and has a good selection of Irish pubs. A nice long walk along the promenade from the centre with definitely earn you those beers!

4. Walk through the Inner city - There is no way to get lost because the district is very small! Now that you know, you can start from the Grand Theatre side and walk along the Alley de Tourny. The shopping goes from expensive to less expensive brands as you walk away. Great idea to deviate into the alleys and explore the squares they lead to. Every square has interesting cafes, pubs and restaurants. Just follow the sign to the river and you are back on the riverfront to get your directions back!

5. Walk the Riverfront - No more to say. That's my voted best activity for the evenings after a coffee. Although the April winds were slightly cooler, I had no qualms and thoroughly enjoyed the wide esplanade walk.  you can see the lovely city entrances from there, the doors/ tower doors.


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