Sustainable tourism: visiting Bordeaux and its surroundings without a car is possible!

Visit Bordeaux by bike, on foot or on roller skates

With a specially developed network of cycle paths, Bordeaux is a very pleasant city for cyclists. In addition, there are many pedestrian streets open to two-wheelers, especially along the entire quay. Note that every first Sunday of the month the operation “My street breathes” will take place, where all Bordeaux districts will be reserved for pedestrians and two-wheelers.

⋙ An urban walking trail to walk around Bordeaux and its surroundings

In general, it is very easy to get around without a car in Bordeaux, thanks to a good network of the territory in municipal urban transport (trams and buses). However, if you arrive in the city by car, it is advisable to leave your vehicle in the secure park and drive facilities further out: it will cost you only €3 per day for one person, round trip by tram included!

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Reach the beach without a car from Bordeaux

You have discovered the Cité du Vin, the Place de la Bourse and the water mirror, the Bassins des Lumières, but also the Pey Berland Tower and the Saint-André Cathedral and are now unrivaled in terms of essentials in what we called the “port” of the moon” ?Take a breath of fresh air by heading to the coast!

Indeed, there are several solutions to reach the sea and its dunes without a car, allowing you to travel with a lower carbon footprint.

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For the more athletic, a cycle path connects Bordeaux with Lacanau: the track on an old railway line includes the 60 kilometers of greenway for a total distance of 66.5 kilometers. Count all the same approximately 5.30 to arrive at the destination.

More comfortable solution: the air-conditioned bus thanks to the New Aquitaine transport company, which offers daily bus trips to 12 of the main sea beaches, from Soulac via Le Porge but also Lège-Cap-Ferret. From July 7 to August 29, count €3.60 for the round trip and plan on a journey of around two hours.

Another option: board a regional train, which quickly takes travelers to Arcachon, but also to the beaches of the Médoc, such as Soulac, but also to certain places in the Basque Country!

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Experience the Bordeaux vineyards without a car in Saint-Emilion

During a stay in Bordeaux, it is almost essential to push a bit and visit Saint-Emilion, a village classified on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a “cultural landscape”, due to its unique location (on a limestone) and equally unique wine produced there. On the Bordeaux-Libourne-Sarlat line, around ten trains a day take passengers on board to explore the collegiate church, the underground ceramics museum and Saint-Emilion’s rich troglodyte heritage.

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Once there, there are about thirty hiking loops that can be taken on foot or by bike, ranging from 4.1 to 49 kilometers, allowing you to discover vineyards and castles at your own pace!

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Combine wine tourism and ecotourism by taking the Train des Grands Vignobles

Another way to discover the 1st Grands Crus Classés of the Saint-Émilion appellation is to take the Train des Grands Vignobles, a small tourist train that sets off to attack the medieval city’s monuments by the ramparts as well as the vineyard and castles, and this on a steep course of 7 kilometers.

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Count €1350 for a complete visit of 1h20 by train, with a visit to Château Rochebelle and a tasting, €750 for a partial visit of 35 minutes, only by train.

The most beautiful cycling tours around Bordeaux

With more than 1,000 kilometers of cycle paths and greenways, Gironde and Landes combine an almost uninterrupted coastal path over 365 kilometers. The program therefore includes excellent walks in the heart of nature, with varying distances and difficulty.

From Soulac, for example, several possible routes: to Hourtin over a distance of about 36 kilometers, with a track in the heart of the pine forest, along a coast with deserted (and often naturist!) beaches. Still from Soulac, a greenway leads to Talais and its port on the Gironde, 12 kilometers to the east, while another greenway leads to Pointe de Grave, 7 kilometers to the north, from where e can see the legendary Cordouan lighthouse.

⋙ In the Gironde estuary, the Cordouan lighthouse listed as World Heritage by Unesco

A loop of 30 kilometers, in a landscape of gently undulating dunes, allows you to discover the ponds of Lacanau, Hourtin, Carcans or even Cousseau, along a rectangular course which starts from Maubuisson, passing to Le Moutchic, Lacanau -Ocean and ends at Carcans Plage.

Finally, lovers of wild spaces, do not miss the Mimizan-Léon section, which covers one of the most beautiful parts of the coastal track on the Landes side. Over 50 kilometers, almost all of which follow the green road, you cross landscapes with pine forests, dunes and beaches. On the way, don’t miss the descent of the Courant d’Huchet, which winds from the Léon pond to the coast for 8 kilometers. Please note: the descent of the Courant d’Huchet can only be done by boat on the water and on foot on a path prohibited for bicycles and animals.

Do you want to travel differently this summer? Geo.fr invites you to discover during the weeks several regions of France without a car, using modes of transport such as walking, cycling or even sailing!

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