A cyclist’s paradise
In 2019, the “Bicycle Cities Index” established by the German start-up Coya positions Bordeaux as the 12th most cycling city in the world. The city has become a role model with 291km of cycling trails.
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. Indigo also offers bikes to borrow wherever you want, without stations or locking docks.
Other alternatives: go green with Citeis 47, the electric shuttle which operates in the city centre, try a scooter from Wind and Yego, or try the electric tuk-tuk.
Outstanding natural heritage
Romantic strolls, jogging circuits, walks with children, leisurely picnics: there are plenty of opportunities for these and more in Bordeaux’s green spaces! Near the city centre: the Parc Bordelais and the beautiful Jardin Public are always a pleasure to visit. A few tram stops, and you are at the ecological reserve in Barails, with its Parc Floral, the Bois de Bordeaux and the surrounding wetlands.
To the north of Bordeaux, in Blanquefort, the artificial caves of the Parc de Majolan are well worth visiting, as is the new Parc Ausone, in Bruges. To the south, on foot or by bike, follow the valley of the Eau Bourde, alongside the river, which goes through the commune of Gradignan for 6 km, passing by the majestic Cayac Priory and the mill in Montgaillard. In Pessac, there is the Forêt de Bourgailh, a unique nature reserve dedicated to the environment and sustainable development.
On the right bank, head for the Botanical Gardens, an outstanding feature of the Bastide district, and the superb views over the city from the viewpoints in the Parc de l’Ermitage (a former quarry), Parc Palmer, and the Parc du Cypressat.
A GEOCACHING CONCEPT
Terra Aventura is a treasure hunt in which participants search for the heritage jewels of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Available in Lormont and Gradignan, users are invited, via a mobile application, to set off on a discovery trail of the town’s secrets, solving riddles and finding treasure. This free game is available in French and English.