Free in Bordeaux: what to do and see in & nbsp; city

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Free in Bordeaux: what to do and see in & nbsp; city
5 unmissable experiences to live in Bordeaux, from admiring the Tour Pey Berland to going to the Place de la Bourse

Bordeaux is one of the most interesting destinations in Europe. There are many tourists who have been discovering it lately. The French themselves are moving there numerous, due to the peaceful lifestyle, the mild climate and the many activities taking place in the city and outside, in the countryside and among the famous vineyards. Less expensive than Paris, in Bordeaux, for those who visit it, there are also many attractions and places to visit for free.

In the new "Bordeaux" guide, written by Paolo Crespi for the 'Low Cost Guide' series (Morellini Editore), a chapter is dedicated to free Bordeaux.

SiViaggia interviewed the author to be told what are the activities that can be done for free.

"First of all, on the first Sunday of each month - except in July and August - municipal museums have free admission. You can visit the permanent collections, but also the temporary exhibitions. Among these are the CAPC (the museum of contemporary art, which also houses works by Maurizio Cattelan, ed.); the Musée d'Aquitaine which tells the story of the city and the region; the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design which is housed in a beautiful 18th century building; the Musée des Beaux-Arts; the sous-marine base (the submarine base used during the Second World War as a base for the German U-boots) and the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle. Then there are the free events: the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud, for example, offers free musical performances by its teachers and pupils during the course period, which runs from October to June. The Orchester d’Harmonie de Bordeaux does the same: all the concerts of the ensemble, made up of 55 elements, are completely free. Dansons sur les Quais, the traditional dance festival along the banks of the Garonne, is held in July. The highly engaging event is free and open to all. For those who practice sports, many public sports facilities, including some swimming pools, are free to access, except during the training hours of clubs and sports associations ".

Walking around the city is still free, isn't it?

"Sure. In addition to museums and events, it must be remembered that the historic center of Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walking around the streets costs nothing. Not to be missed, the famous Miroir d'eau in place de la Bourse which, with its water features, reflects the facades of the buildings that surround it and also stroll along the Garonne on one side and on the other or go on the Pont de Pierre, one of the symbols of the city, which connects the historical part to the Rive Droite, the Quai Bacalan and also on the Jacques-Chaban-Delmas drawbridge, near the Citè du Vin, the museum dedicated to wine opened in 2016 (the entry here is for a fee), between the Quai Bacalan and the Garonne river with beautiful open spaces, such as those next to the old hangars that line the Bassins à flot area, river basins connected to the river by navigable canals, reused for social or the companies of the new economy and often transfigured by the intervention of street artists: they are all places to see for free. The city is a natural stage, an open city. On foot you discover it very well, taking advantage of the microclimate. Chartrons is the area of ​​antique dealers where you can go absolutely on Sundays and, even without spending a euro, you can take Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest shopping street in Europe. A place that I recommend to see is Mollat, the largest independent French bookshop ”.

Is it worth visiting the Rive Droite you mentioned?

"Absolutely! On the Rive Droite della Garonne - also called the Rive Vegetale, because of the greenery and parks - we find La Bastide, a district that has been redeveloped in recent years and where the city has expanded, since there was no Rive Gauche more space, you can take a nice walk through the gardens, the former factories transformed into apartments or spaces for activities of all kinds, there is a botanical garden, there is the Darwin Écosystème or a large citadel-laboratory of social innovation and artistic that has taken the place of an old military barracks. But above all, the Bastide of Bordeaux is the best place to go at sunset to admire the '700 buildings of the old city in front of it ".

So it's worth visiting Bordeaux ...

“It is one of the top destinations in recent years. For the French it is among the most desirable destinations where to go on vacation, but also where to go to live. The merit of the former mayor, who has had two terms, is that he has done a lot for the city. The weather is always good and you can go at any time of the year. "

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