After our stay in Saint-Emilion we had about 24 hours to spend in the city of Bordeaux. I would have liked a little more time but we still managed to fit in most of what we wanted to see. If you’re short on time, here are my three favourite things to do in Bordeaux.
Climb the Pey-Berland Tower
I always seek out a high vantage point in any city I visit, and the Pey-Berland Tower has the best view in Bordeaux. This bell tower is not exactly your typical cathedral bell tower, it is a free-standing structure completely separate from the cathedral. It was built because Saint-André Cathedral’s original bell tower was unable to support the weight of the tenor bell. The bell housed by Pey-Berland weighs 11 tonnes and is the fourth largest in France.
It’s 229 steps to the top of Pey-Berland but the views are worth the effort. Entry to the tour is €6 and it’s open every day except Monday.
Admire the Miroir d’Eau
The Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror) is the world’s largest reflecting pool and the most-photographed site in Bordeaux. It was designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud and is made of granite slabs covered by 2cm of water. It’s the thin layer of water which gives it the mirroring effect, and a fog-like vapour is ejected every 15 minutes.
Sample the wines at Maison du Vin
A trip to Bordeaux wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting! The bar at Maison du Vin has a good selection of local wines, in red, white, rose and sparkling varieties. The wines are served exclusively by the glass, each costing somewhere between €3 - €8. The staff were helpful in providing recommendations on which wines best suited our tastes, and you can also order a selection of local cheeses to accompany your drinks.