|Bordeaux near our Family Friendly Gites in
Charente Maritime, South West France
|The world famous vineyards of Bordeaux start just an hours drive away from our family friendly Gites
and the city itself just 1.5hrs drive.
Take a boat over from Royan to the Medoc penninsular and have a leisurely drive through villages such
as Margaux and St Estephe. In fact virtually every village you drive through is known to the wine lover.
Some of the more famous Bordeaux Chateaux are open to the public, others you must make an
appointment with if you want to participate in a wine tasting.
Another place to shop is the rue
Sainte Catherine. This is one of the
longest streets in Bordeaux and is
home to a variety of unique stores
If your looking for luxury, the shops
in the Golden Triangle are sure to
have what you need. This is a
triangle of streets linked by the
cours de l'Intendance, the cours
Georges Clemenceau, and the
allées de Tourny.
La Cité du vin is a modern 'museum'
of wine regularly holding special
events but also has an excellent self
guided visit complete with a wine
tasting at the end. A family ticket can
be purchased at the door for 50€ (2
adults, 2 children)
The marionettes show in the park is
also an excellent child friendly
activity and very French. Found in
the parc Bordelais and open every
day in July and August and every
Weds, Sat, Sun the rest of the year.
There are numerous museums eg
which exhibits the history of the
city’s wine merchants.
For art lovers, the Museum of Fine
Arts has a vast collection that
features art from the 17th to the
20th century. Among the many
works by French and European
artists, you can see Delacroix's
famous painting La Grece Sur Les
Ruines De Missolonghi.
The Museum of Modern Art
exhibits contemporary works and
often presents concerts or
The Museum of Decorative Arts
features classic furniture,
decorative paintings, and
If you want to learn about history,
the Natural History Museum
exhibits animals and fossils from
The Museum of Aquitaine
chronicles the history of the
region, from pre-history to modern
There’s also the Center Jean
Moulin, a museum dedicated to
World War II’s Resistance and
Free France movements.
The city is well worth a visit, great
shopping and fantastic architecture
and for a major city is easily
accessible with it's tram system and
easy to park in.
Bordeaux is full of shops and
boutiques . There are many markets
throughout the city. One of Bordeaux’
s oldest is the Grands Hommes.
Serving customers since the 19th
century, this building houses a
traditional market on the first floor
where visitors can buy fish, fruit,
vegetables, and flowers. The
second floor is filled with boutiques.