Daily Life Tour in Bordeaux, Bordeaux (Self Guided)

Walking through Bordeaux and sightseeing is nice, but if you want to have a true cultural experience, we suggest you find out more about the daily life of locals, their traditions and routine. Here is a list of the common places that locals visit on a regular basis.
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Daily Life Tour in Bordeaux Map

Guide Name: Daily Life Tour in Bordeaux
Guide Location: France » Bordeaux (See other walking tours in Bordeaux)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: alexander
Jardin Public

1) Jardin Public

The Jardin Public was first landscaped in 1755, to offer a space for leisure and relaxation to the citizens of Bordeaux. It remains the largest public open space in the city center, and becomes very much the heart of the city during the warm summer months. The park was constructed using waste ground between three distinct village areas – Bordeaux itself, Saint-Seurin to the north, and Chartrons to the west. The completion of the Jardin Public was a major step in turning Bordeaux into a cohesive urban area. Designed by architects Voisin and Gabriel, the park was laid out in the French style, but was transformed following the French Revolution.

The traditional French gardens were totally renewed under Napoleon III’s reign, becoming a formal English garden, known as the Champ de Mars. This is the place where official ceremonies took place within Bordeaux during the early days of Republican France. The Jardin Public still exists in this form, with the adjacent Jardin Botanique moving next door to the park in 1855. The park is surrounded by elegant 19th century mansions, and split by a stream that runs down to the Garonne. The stream is crossed by a wrought iron bridge, a popular spot to see swans and ducks.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

2) Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux (must see)

The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is located on a grand square, adjacent to Rue Esprit des Lois, in the city’s cultured Grands Hommes quarter. Inaugurated in 1780, it was designed by renowned French architect, Victor Louis, who won the commission after earning the Grand Prix de Rome, a scholarship scheme for gifted young artists and architects. The young architect went on to design the famous Théâtre-Français in Paris.

Victor Louis’ vision for the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux was certainly ambitious – conceived as a ‘temple of the Arts’, it has a wide portico entrance, complimenting the building’s Neoclassical design. The entrance features 12 colossal Corinthian-style columns, each topped with a statue, representing the nine Muses and three Goddesses – Juno, Venus and Minerva.

The theater's interior is arguably equal to its spectacular exterior. Recently renovated, its vast auditorium has been repainted in its original colors of blue, white and gold – the traditional colors of French royalty. Superbly preserved, it is one of the last remaining wooden framed theaters in Europe. Once a temporary seat for the French Parliament, it is now home to two of the city’s most esteemed theatrical groups – the National Opera and National Ballet of Bordeaux.

Why You Should Visit:
The architecture from outside is great but inside the gold gilding and ornate decoration everywhere you look is amazing.
The pre- and post-restoration rooms on view are light and airy, and the guided tour is hugely informative.

Check ahead to see if there are any concerts you can attend and book ahead of time.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Les Galeries Lafayette

3) Les Galeries Lafayette

Les Galeries Lafayette is one of the most popular department stores in France. Local shoppers love it for the huge variety of different shops available, including galleries, designer clothes boutiques, perfume shops, and so much more. The service is excellent, any shop you go.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9.30 am - 8 pm
Cathédrale Saint-André

4) Cathédrale Saint-André (must see)

The Saint-André Cathedral, often known simply as Bordeaux Cathedral, is located at Place Bey Berland in the heart of Bordeaux city center. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint-André was consecrated in 1096 by Pope Urban II; however, only a wall within the nave remains of the original Romanesque structure. The majority of the building has survived from the 14th & 15th centuries. The cathedral’s famous Royal Gate dates to the early 13th century. The entire building, including the separate bell tower, the Tour Pey Berland, is listed as a French national monument.

The cathedral has played its part in the history of Bordeaux. In 1137, Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the region’s most famous historical figures, married Prince Louis VII. Within a few months, they became King & Queen of France, but their marriage was annulled in 1152. Eleanor went on to marry Henry Plantagenet, a future king of England. The cathedral boasts two Gothic towers above the main entrance, in addition to the vertiginous bell tower directly adjacent to the main building. Still an active place of worship, it holds mass each Sunday and is still the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux-Bazas – a position once held by Pey Berland, after whom the bell tower and surrounding square are named.

Why You Should Visit:
French cathedrals have grandeur & splendour in abundance, and this one is top of the pile, with well-preserved interior decoration and design.
The bell tower, which stands separate from the cathedral, is also worth pointing out as the views from the top are worth the effort of the climb up.

There is no entry fee, but they do take donations.
If you walk in, make sure you look to the right, to the back and admire the giant organ pipes.
To appreciate the cathedral from a different perspective, climb the Pey Berland tower nearby.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-1pm / 3-7:30pm; Sun: 9:30am-1pm / 3-7:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Café Théâtre des Beaux Arts

5) Café Théâtre des Beaux Arts

Café Théâtre des Beaux Arts plays both comedy and cabaret. It is popular place among locals and tourists for the national and international performers that come here to act.

Walking Tours in Bordeaux, France

Create Your Own Walk in Bordeaux

Create Your Own Walk in Bordeaux

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bordeaux is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bordeaux Cultural Tour

Bordeaux Cultural Tour

As a cultural center, Bordeaux plays an important role not only in France alone. The city abounds in history, culture and traditions. Everyone who comes to Bordeaux has lots of new things to see and discover. If you’re an art lover and want to see the most important cultural places in the city, you may use the tour below, which will help you find them easier.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Contemporary Landmarks Tour

Contemporary Landmarks Tour

Bordeaux is rich in old historical landmarks, yet it features many edifices of different contemporary architectural ideas, which represent the new and modern life of the city. Get familiarized with this side of the city's architecture and have fun visiting contemporary landmarks of Bordeaux.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.4 km
Bordeaux Landmarks Walk

Bordeaux Landmarks Walk

As one of the most appreciated cities in France, Bordeaux is loaded with beautiful attractions. The city is great for any day or night walk. A tour of some of the most renowned landmarks in the city will create lasting impressions and wonderful memories. Don't miss this opportunity.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Museum Walking Tour in Bordeaux

Museum Walking Tour in Bordeaux

As you take a short walk around Bordeaux you'll notice that several places here express real English influence, and that is because Bordeaux was managed by Englishmen for quite a long time. For a better understanding of the history and culture of this town you may visit some of its most popular and informative museums which are listed in the following guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Cabarets and Comedy Club Tour in Bordeaux

Cabarets and Comedy Club Tour in Bordeaux

There are many places in Bordeaux where you can spend a good time in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Originated in France and best performed here, the cabarets and comedy clubs are important night spots in the city today. In order to learn more about these entertaining venues you just have to follow the tour suggested below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Christian Sanctuaries Tour in Bordeaux

Christian Sanctuaries Tour in Bordeaux

You can find a good concentration of various religious buildings in Bordeaux: churches, cathedrals and temples. Do not hesitate to take a tour through the famous Christian places of worship in town. The guide below may help you have this enriching experience.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bordeaux for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bordeaux has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bordeaux, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.