Since the complete renovation of the Bordeaux waterfront in the 2000s, the people of Bordeaux have rediscovered their river, previously hidden by the warehouses and metal gates of the autonomous port. Today, the Garonne plays host to many activities, from river cruises lasting a few hours to canoe or jet-ski trips.
BORDEAUX FETE LE FLEUVE HOSTS LA SOLITAIRE URGO LE FIGARO
> 26th May - 4th June 2017 Get ready for a new edition of ‘Bordeaux Fête le Fleuve’. This great festive event attracts lovers of the Garonne and its estuary every other year, alternating with the Bordeaux Wine Festival. The program includes water sports, rides on the river, boat exhibitions, concerts and fireworks! ‘Bordeaux Fête le Fleuve’ will host the start of the 48th edition of ‘La Solitaire Urgo le Figaro’, one of the greatest solo sailing races in stages! In 2013 and 2015, hundreds of thousands of people came to watch the 45 sailboats and first-class ocean racers with great admiration. The first two editions of the festival were so popular, the third edition was inevitable. We look forward to seeing you on the Bordeaux quays when the boats arrive! www.bordeauxfetelefleuve.com
FETE DE LA MORUE - COD FESTIVAL
> 26th-28th May 2017 A festival that refers to an ancient tradition of fishermen who landed on the banks of the Garonne with their fish from Iceland and Newfoundland. On the programme of this 22nd edition: cod, concerts, shows, cooking workshops, exhibitions, tastings, conferences ... and that’s to say nothing of the Maritime Dictation, the Giant Omelette and the Apéro du Marin. Bègles city centre +33 (0)5 56 49 95 94 - fetedelamorue.mairie-begles.fr
FETE DE L’ALOSE - ALOSA FESTIVAL
> 20th May 2017
For a day in May, the downtown of Lormont will give up its tranquility to give way to the arts, fish and its bones ... and will noisily celebrate the return of the shad that goes up the river every year. Place Aristide Briand, Lormont
Bat3 > Lormont Bas
+33 5 57 77 63 20
BORDEAUX, PORT OF CALL
At the foot of the Quinconces esplanade, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre, Bordeaux welcomes every year a growing number of cruise ships. Between April and October 2017, 44 ships will be bringing up the 117-metre Chaban-delmas bridge when stopping over in Bordeaux. The port also welcomes navy ships, foreign sailboats and prestigious ships like the three-mast Belem also dock here and offer tours.
No less than 8 companies organise trips of discovery on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and all the way up to the natural splendours of the Gironde estuary. Among them, Aquitaine Croisières proposes a deal that combines cruise and cyclotourism: every day a new stopover with a 20 or 50 km bike circuit to explore the vineyards, heritage, gastronomy, culture or nature of the region. +33 (0)6 16 98 12 66 www.bordeaux.cruises
Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve
Fête de l’alose
Fête de la Morue