Football Fanzone in Bordeaux 2016

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Things to do in Bordeaux for the Football

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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 of Bordeaux.

Fanzone

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

The Water Mirror

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!

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Bordeaux's water mirror by night. © Image by Fabrizio Sciami

Marché des Capucins

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.

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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 football.

Where to drink

The Cambridge

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.

Le Verre Ô Vin

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.

Bordeaux's amazing wines
Don't forget to try some of Bordeaux's amazing wines! © Image by Nigab Pressbilder

Where to stay

Appart'City Bordeaux Centre

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 Bordeaux.

Mama Shelter

For somewhere with a bit of a younger audience, Mama 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.

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