The real attraction of Bordeaux’s countryside for a cycling holiday is not simply that the lower Garonne and Dordogne river valleys offer easy lowland pedaling but that they give access to the wide range of landscapes that host a tremendous variety of wines and wine makers.READ MORE
Articles Posted by Graham Davidson
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Because of the region’s renowned wines, the Bordelais gourmet cuisine is often overlooked, as greater emphasis is placed on the accompanying wine rather than on the food itself.READ MORE
All landscapes have stories to tell – often bloody, occasionally misremembered and sometimes celebrating virtues that are no longer highly valued, but they are what make a place worth visiting. The countryside you can explore around Bordeaux is not one, but a number of landscapes ranging from semi-wilderness to some of the most valuable (certainly the most expensive) arable land in western europe. Between those extremes lie small plots, family farms (sometimes the subject of long-standing disputes over inheritance), woodland reserved for la Chasse, riverside meadows and hamlets and small towns.
A few of the stories that we know we have set out in other pages but there are many more waiting for you to discover…