>>> Day 1
We choose to head to Cap Ferret straight from the airport, to enjoy the sunshine on the beach! If you’re driving (which I would recommend) it’s an hour or so, the other option being the train. Here you can easily find a lovely hidden beach, away from the city center. You’ll just have to stop on the road at any indicated parking and then walk a little toward the sea (we opted for the Plage de la Torchere).
If you fancy an ice cream or some shopping then you’ll have to head to Cap Ferret center (there is a beach as well on the harbour). Lots of (expansives) little shops (clothes & home décor mainly) and bars, restaurants. It was very quiet last weekend but according to the locals it can get pretty busy in summer!
We had a nice cocktail with some starters at Vintage Ferret before heading to the Hotel de la plage on the recommendation of the waitress. Perfect area, lots of typical houses and the view is amazing. The food was incredible and not (too) expansive – definitely worth a detour!
We then took the road back to Bordeaux where we parked for the weekend in Parking Meunier St Jean (32€ for 48h).
>>> Day 2
After a great night at our lovely airbnb , we started our visit at Porte Cailhau and nearby Cathedral St Pierre. Don’t hesitate to wander in the lovely little streets around the cathedral.
We then went to Place de la Bourse and its famous water mirror (Miroir d’eau) which reflect the impressive buildings. The place was very busy so if you want to get the perfect picture I would recommend coming early in the morning or in the evening.
From there, follow the river to Quinconce Place and the Monument aux Girondins. Then, carry on Cours du 30 Juillet to admire Place de la Comedie.
There are lots of restaurants near porte Dijeaux we picked Hotel de la Porte Dijeaux where we enjoyed some refreshing salads. If you fancy some famous canneles, try La Toque Cuivree (Place Gambetta). They are delicious and cheaper than the other touristic shops. We spend the rest of the afternoon shopping in St Catherine street before heading back to the flat for a well deserved nap!
We spend the rest of the evening at La Guinguette (they get very busy so come here early or book a table). It’s an amazing open space with live music & bar, very relaxed – kids are allowed.
>>> Day 3
For our last day in Bordeaux we started from Eglise St Eloi and then reached the Quartier St Michel where a Brocante (Flea Market) is held on Sundays.
Not the best day if you wish to visit the church and its amazing stained glass, but still worth it for the atmosphere.
We then arrived at Place de la Victoire but we were not impressed. Apparently the place is very lively at night with lots of students but it didn’t look great from what we saw. The place Pey Berland and its cathedral was way more impressive and had a lovely farmer market (best fruits ever!).
The original spire was not strong enough for the 11 tons bell, therefore this one was build separately from the cathedral. It is one of the highest of France (114m) and you can climb the 229 stairs to the top to admire the view.
We stopped for lunch at Brasserie Utopia – lot of organic products & great food! I would recommend the organic ice tea and home made tartines. It’s with a full belly that we crawled to the river side for (another) well deserved nap. We ended our lovely weekend with an ice cream and a wander in Promenade St Catherine (very modern open shopping center), before heading back to the Airport.
Bye Bye Bordeaux!