Leisure in Bordeaux


For a better integration to your new city, you should probably start by exploring it. Find out, in this article, what are the leisure activities available in Bordeaux.

If you have just settled in Bordeaux, now may be the time to start going out to explore your new city. Whether you have moved there alone with your family, you should definitely take the time to discover the leisure activities available in the area. This should also favor your integration to your new environment. Below is an overview of all the things you can do during your free time in Bordeaux.

History and culture

Bordeaux has a more than 18 centuries old historical patrimony which greatly contributes to its magical environment. Did you know that Bordeaux has been listed on the UNESCO World heritage list in June 2007?

You could start by visiting the following:

  • the Primatial Saint-André Cathedral which is listed on the UNESCO World heritage list since 1998
  • La Flèche Saint-Michel
  • Hâ, Langoiran, Cadillac, Benauges (in Arbis), Brède, Malle castles
  • the Musée des Beaux-Arts, des Arts Décoratifs, d'Aquitaine, the Goupil, the Jean Moulin National Center, the Conservatoire de l'Image Industriel
  • The Remarkable Platane tree in the Town of Porge (this tree is 130 years old and has a circumference of 4.75m).

If you'd rather spend an afternoon at the cinema, opera or other shows, you can choose from not less than 22 theaters, around 10 halls and several other venues, including big complexes and a National Opera.


You are also likely to find many parks and gardens in Bordeaux. Indeed, Bordeaux is known to be a green city. So if you love gardening, why not start by creating your own green space? Find more information in the “Useful links” listed below.


Markets, fairs and flea markets are still an essential component of French traditions, even in major cities like Paris and Bordeaux. So you should definitely experience these good deals. Why not immerse yourself in the local cuisine as well? Indeed, each region has its own specialties. It's not to be missed!


Bookworms will not be disappointed. Bordeaux hosts not less than 4 libraries, as well as a municipal multimedia library where you can spend as many hours as you want.


Sports are also very popular in Bordeaux. So if you are moving there alone or with your family, feel free to enjoy its two bowling clubs, numerous golf courses, ice rink, etc. You will also find 5 swimming pools across the city, namely in Audenge, Lanton and Porge.

In short, there is so much to do in Bordeaux that you are definitely not likely to get bored. You will also be able to experience several outings, exhibitions, festivals and other events in the city.

 Useful links: – Leisure in Bordeaux 
Jardins de Bordeaux
Bordeaux markets, fairs and flea markets
Bordeaux Library
Bordeaux Tourism Portal – Heritage & Culture
Yelp – movie theaters in Bordeaux
Bordeaux Tourism Portal – Swimming pools
Sortir Bordeaux Gironde

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