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Best self-guided cycle tours in Bordeaux

A French Cycling Holiday or Love Affair?

Browse some of our favourite cycle tours in this other ‘South of France’

Enjoy Beautiful Chateaux and Architecture

Cycle through the amazing history of South-West France

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Enjoy group cycling around Bordeaux for all abilities

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Cycling in and around Bordeaux for all ages and abilities

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St Emilion, Blaye, Bordeaux – World Heritage

Bordeaux central area was awarded its UNESCO World Heritage status for the completeness of its 18th century urban landscape. That architecture has at its core the site of the roman port and around that the medieval walled city which survives in the street plan and many of the narrow streets.

Launderettes, dovecotes & bell towers

Bordeaux and its countryside include domestic buildings that are an integral parts of the landscape and the local culture. Its unlikely that you would travel far through the rural backroads without encountering a village lavoir – a communal laundry facility where the luxury of cold running water is supplemented by a roof and a stone wash trough.

Gourmet Bordeaux

Because of the region’s renown in the world of  wine the bordelais cuisine is often overlooked and greater emphasis is placed on the accompanying wine than the food itself. While Gourmand’s may argue about attributing a particular delicacy or dish to a specific area for most of us the description ‘south-west France’ is sufficient provenance and which side of the Garonne supplied the cepes, lamphrey, or chestnuts matters little.

Famous Sons and Daughters

No region lacks some native sons or daughters who have made it into the history books and Bordeaux is no exception. The roman poet, Ausonius is claimed by Bordeaux as one of theirs. The Romans had arrived in 57 BC and by the 4th century Bordeaux boasted a university at which he taught while enjoying the fruits of a wine-producing estate near St Emilion. His life is honoured by a modest monument at the bottom of the Cours D’Alsace and Lorraine, outside the Frog and Rosbif Public House. As elsewhere, poets and pubs seem to be natural associates.

Bistrots bars and Brasseries

There seems little point in visiting any part of France and not sampling these best expressions of ‘La vie francais’. Here’s what my personal tour of Bordeaux’s best would include.

Papa Clemente V and his five nephews

Bertrand De Goth the Archbishop of Bordeaux and local Gascon lad was chosen as Pope in 1305 taking the title Clement V. After delaying his departure from his castle at Villandraut for three years he finally settled in Avignon to begin a period of almost 70 years when rival popes reigned in France and Italy.