Sure, the French love their baguettes, croissants, berets, couture and macarons—who wouldn’t? But you don’t have to be riding The Tour de France to enjoy French cycling. And when you’re biking through Bordeaux wine country or through the renowned port city, so much the better.
After all, there’s much to see in the Bordeaux region apart from the wine. Monuments and landmarks are aplenty here, such as the lovely Place du Parlement with its richly decorated façade. It has been listed as a historical monument in 1952, and the square was created in 1790. On our guided bike tour, you’ll also see the more modern Tribunal de Grande Instance and the Grosse Cloche, one of the oldest belfries in France. First cast in 1775 (yes, the same year as the beginning of the American Revolution), it rings once a month (first Sunday at noon) and for six special occasions during the year (such as Bastille Day and Christmas).
The striking Grand Theatre of Bordeaux is a neoclassical masterpiece and some may consider it to be among the most beautiful landmarks in Bordeaux. With Corinthian columns and 12 statues depicting nine art muses (music, astronomy, epic poetry, dance, tragedy, comedy, rhetoric, lyric poetry and history) and three Roman goddesses. Today, it is home to operas, musicals, and theatre.
France has always been synonymous with shopping and you’ll find no shortage here. The Rue Sainte-Catherine and Cours de l'Intendance are the two main shopping streets you’ll see—and perhaps choose to cycle back to at the end of the guided tour.