Bordeaux is one of the most historic but also one of the fastest growing cities in France. You’re going to discover both the historic and modern sides of the South-West capital in this 15km Giant Bucket List Tour. You will run through the historic city center and its 6 monumental gates. They all are 300 to 500 years old. They all represent a stunning entry into the downtown. They look like triumphal arches and each of them have their own style and their own stories. Running through all of them gives you power forever!… OK, that is only my theory but still it’s always special to run under such huge arches!
Starting from La Porte Cailleau, we will also go through the famous Water Mirror with the City of Wine in the background. We will then cross the many buildings that make Bordeaux a Unesco Heritage site, with over 2000 years of history. While running from the Big Ben gate to Money gate, we will cross the 1250m long Sainte-Catherine Street, known as the longest pedestrian street in Europe. We will also go through the 12 hectares of Quinconces Place, the biggest city square in Europe. Yes, we do have some records in Bordeaux! Here, citizens gather for huge concerts and celebrate the (regular) French wins in football.
For the last decade, the attractiveness of Bordeaux has totally changed the city. Some quarters have gotten a real second life and that’s what we want you to discover. The most symbolic change is for The Chartrons, known as the wine merchant quarter. This part of the city had been abandoned for many decades during the last century. The historic buildings and pedestrian streets have now been totally restored, while keeping their typically old architecture. Real gems are hidden across these streets and the mood of this quarter will make you want to stop for a little tasting in one of the many wine bars of the area. But hey! We’re running! On this tour, we will also go along the moon harbour, taking the form of a half-moon, where people enjoy picnics on the lawn with street music. You will see why Bordeaux is top-ranked as the city in France where people aim to live and work. We will run along all the harbour until we reach the famous City of Wine. It’s a new building dedicated to wine (what else?) with an architecture about which everyone has an opinion. We will explore another fully restored quarter knows as Les Bassins à Flot. Back in the old times, some the world’s biggests ships used to park in this major industrial pole. During the second world-war, the Germans built a bus-marine basement here. This quarter has been totally reshaped but there are still many obvious remnants of the past that we will show you.
This tour is for all tastes and for all level of runners. We can stop at many sights but we can also run it in one go according to what you like.