A cyclist’s paradise
In 2016, Bordeaux has positioned itself as the 6th most cycle-friendly city in the world – two ranks higher than in 2015 (source: Copenhagenize). The city has become a role model with 163 km of cycling trails Seven routes (6.5 - 33 km) for exploring the city by bike.
Looking for a bike? 1,800 VCub bikes are available at 177 self-service pickup points throughout the urban area. The VCub Facile app makes it easy to sign up to the service, check the list of pickup points with bikes available, and borrow one using your smartphone at one of the contactless VCub terminals.
Another alternative: take Citeis 47, the eco-friendly electric shuttle bus that winds through the heart of the city or call a Happy-Moov cycle-taxi - the drivers are also a mine of useful addresses.
Outstanding natural heritage
The Bordeaux Métropole area includes 29,000 hectares of natural vistas: woods, hillsides, landscaped parks, pine forests, private gardens, agricultural areas and marshlands.
Bordeaux residents rediscover their parks: Parc Bordelais in Caudéran, Jardin Public, Parc Palmer in Cenon, and the Jardin Botanique, focal point of the Bastide district. The Parc des Jalles, to the North of Bordeaux, is the green lung of the Metropolitan area. This 4,500-hectare nature reserve is home to around fifteen protected species, including white stork and European mink. A 10-minute drive takes you to the artificial grottos at the Parc de Majolan in Blanquefort - a sight not to be missed.
To the south, the 6 km trail along the banks of the Eau Bourde stream in Gradignan is ideal for walking and cycling. Must see: historic Cayac priory and Montgaillard mill.
On the right bank, the Parc des Coteaux, running through Bassens, Lormont, Cenon, and Floirac, offers over 25 km of walking trails and amazing views over the Garonne River, as well as featuring musical hikes and botanical trails. The first few kilometres of the major «green thread» project, enhancing the walking trails through Floirac, were inaugurated in May 2015.