The atmosphere at the Chanan-Delmas stadium is sure to be electric! – Image by Flickr user RG1033
One of France's most glorious cities, Bordeaux is an incredible destination with heaps to offer. Here are our top things to do in Bordeaux.
The city of Bordeaux will be welcoming
thousands of football fans to its grounds and Fanzone this summer, as it hosts
one of the year's main football tournaments, with matches between the likes of
Wales, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Republic of Ireland and many more. The
huge Place des Quinconces boasts France's biggest screen during the event, so
even if you don't have tickets to the Bordeaux stadium, you'll want to visit.
If you're planning on visiting Bordeaux this
summer, there's so much to see and do which will make your stay well
worthwhile. Prepare to see grand city squares, incredible museums and
galleries, impressive architecture and amazing feats of technology in the city
Bordeaux's Fanzone will be held at the Esplanade
des Quinconce, which will boast the biggest screen in France! This summer is a
great time to be visiting Bordeaux, which will host four group stage games and
one quarter-final match. The Fanzone can hold up to 50,000 people, so it's sure
to be a lively event.
What to do
Possibly the most interesting spot in the city
is Bordeaux's water mirror, locally known as Mirroir d'Eau. Located opposite
the Palais de la Bourse, this incredible sight was designed by Michel Corajoud,
a landscape architect and artist, and has been in Bordeaux for under 10 years
but is already one of the most popular city sights. Two centimetres of water cover
a vast granite slab, with the water sometimes undulating to create a huge
visual spectacle. It's a great place to visit in the summer as you can take
your shoes off and cool your feet in the water!
Bordeaux's water mirror by night. © Image by Fabrizio Sciami
If you're strolling about town on a Saturday
morning and are looking for somewhere fun to grab some food before the football,
you'll want to pop by Marché des
Capucins. Taste fresh oysters and delicious French white wine from one of
the many seafood stalls, or simply enjoy walking through the market looking at
the delicious fresh produce on offer. You'll find incredible cheeses, olives,
fruit and vegetables, meats and freshly-baked goods, along with bursts of
colour from the local flower stands.
The lovely fresh produce at the Marché des Capucins. © Image by Hailé F
Where to eat
La Brasserie Bordelaise
Join the Bordeaux locals as you sit at barrel
tables and chairs, surrounded by bottle-lined walls and a contagious
atmosphere. At La Brasserie
Bordelaise, dining is fairly laid back but you still have all the fine
wines and Armagnacs that you'd expect from a Bordeaux eatery. If you're looking
for something other than pub grub, this restaurant serves up delicious steaks,
great drinks and a fun ambience which is ideal for celebrating after the
Where to drink
There's one pub in Bordeaux where you'll feel as though you're right back at home – The Cambridge.
Serving up English beers in a dark wood setting, The Cambridge isn't the only
British-themed pub in Bordeaux, but it's one of the best. You can even get a
full English breakfast or fish and chips for lunch. It's a great place to meet
fellow football fans.
If you're going to Bordeaux, you're going to
want to try some of the wine for which the area is so famous. While you can
taste local wines in restaurants and pubs, nothing beats an authentic wine bar.
At Le Verre Ô Vin you can enjoy fine wines
in a cosy underground setting, with exposed brick walls and dark wood tables.
Don't forget to try some of Bordeaux's amazing wines! © Image by Nigab Pressbilder
Where to stay
For somewhere close to the city centre where
the Fanzone is, clean and practical, Appart'City
Bordeaux Centre is your best bet. It's got good transport links, in case you
don't want to use the car during your stay, and the building is big and
colourful so you can't miss it! The hotel is in the heart of the business
district, sandwiched between the historical centre and the Chanan-Delmas
stadium, so you're near to the football and to the sights and sounds of
For somewhere with a bit of a younger audience,
Shelter is a stylish boutique hotel with both a bar and restaurant
attached. It's great if you're travelling in a group and want to stay somewhere
with a good hangout space, and there's even a roof terrace where you can have
drinks and a bite to eat.
Travelling to Bordeaux for the football?
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For fun things to see and do during your drive from Calais to Bordeaux, find out more here