Let's ride a bike to discover Bordeaux

Third episode of our series of urban bike rides: today it’s Bordeaux, the port of the Moon!

Renovated quays, a historic UNESCO World Heritage site, the wild beaches of the Atlantic at 30 minutes, the vineyards of Bordeaux… Nicknamed the sleeping beauty, Bordeaux is now awake! The city is recognized worldwide for its attractiveness: Lonely Planet has elected Bordeaux the most trendy city in the world in 2017!

Arrival at Bordeaux station

9 am / Bordeaux Saint-Jean Train Station

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VCub station: Gare Saint-Jean

VCub itinerary: 28 min

9:30 am / La Cité du Vin

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Follow the quays of the Garonne to join the new symbol of Bordeaux tourism: la Cité du Vin!
A beacon of wine tourism in Bordeaux, la Cité du Vin is a cultural facility dedicated to the world of wine, ages and cultures. The visit lasts 2 hours 30.

VCub station: La Cité du Vin

VCub itinerary: 14 min

12:15 am / L’écosystème Darwin

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Cross the Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge, a spectacular lifting bridge built in 2013. From above you will enjoy an unforgettable view of the Garonne and the quays.
Darwin is a former military barracks. This atypical place has been converted into a gigantic playground turned towards the green economy. Urban farm, skate-park, organic grocery, general store, coworking area: Darwin is rich in activity.

VCub station: Darwin

 

VCub itinerary: 18 min

2:30 pm / Place de la Bourse

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The right bank quays offer a splendid panorama of the architectural wonders of the 18th century on the left bank. Second crossing of the Garonne by le pont de pierre. A bridge whose beauty is even more appreciated thanks to its recent ban on motorized vehicles.
You have the magnificent view of the Place de la Bourse with the 18th century facade, the Fountain of the Three Graces and the inevitable water mirror, the largest in the world.

Walking itinerary: 5 min

3 pm / Place des Quinconces

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La Colonne des Girondins dominates this gigantic square, a gathering and festive place for the people of Bordeaux.

Walking itinerary: 5 min

3:30 pm / Jardin Public

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The Jardin Public is the green lung of the city. In addition to centenary trees, the park houses the muséum d’histoire naturelle and the botanical garden of Bordeaux.

VCub station: Jardin Public

VCub itinerary: 5 min

5 pm / Bordeaux City center

Ride up the Cours Georges Clémenceau to reach Place Gambetta, the starting point of our discovery of the old Bordeaux center:

  • Take the time to discover the Porte Dijeau and the English garden on the Place Gambetta.
  • Go down the Cours de l’Intendance and join the Place de la Comédie and its magnificent 18th century Theatre.
  • Take rue Sainte-Catherine, the city’s main shopping street. And also one of the largest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe!
  • Stop on the terrace Place du Parlement or Place Saint-Pierre.
  • La cathédrale Pey-Berland
  • La Porte Cailhau
  • La Grosse Cloche
  • La Basilique Saint-Michel

VCub station: Place Gambetta

Walking itinerary: depends on your itinerary

8:30 pm / Place de la Victoire

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The perspective from rue Sainte-Catherine offers you a view of the obelisk and the Porte d’Aquitaine from Place de la Victoire. It is the nerve center of student life in Bordeaux.

VCub station: Victoire

VCub itinerary: 12 min

9 pm / Bordeaux Saint-Jean Train Station

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VCub station: Gare Saint-Jean

End of day

Check-list for a successful stroll

Bike share system in Bordeaux: VCub

VCub rental rate:
Ticket 1 day (24h)= 1,60€
30 first minutes are free
Cost of the 1st hour utilisation= 2€
Cost of the 2nd hour utilisation= 2€
Cost of the 3rd hour utilisation= 2€

The predictive app, dedicated to BikeShare, BikePredict is available for Bordeaux agglomeration. It allows you to predict up to 12 hours in advance of the availability of bikes and/or places in a station. Practical for planning your day in the city!

 

Stay tuned: the next of our series of urban rides will be live next week.
Until then enjoy the charm of Bordeaux!

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