GRAVES ET GARONNE

Charming Bordeaux - - BORDEAUX GREATER AREA LEFT BANK -

1 MUSEE DE LA CRE­ATION FRANCHE OUT­SIDER ART MU­SEUM

The only French mu­seum de­voted to out­sider art, an art cre­ated out­side the bound­aries of of­fi­cial cul­ture. Per­ma­nent col­lec­tion and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions. 58 av­enue de Lat­tre de Tas­signy, Bè­gles

11 > Bi­b­lio­thèque +33 (0)5 56 85 81 73 www.musee-cre­ation­franche.com Open ev­ery af­ter­noon Free en­try

2 BEACH OF BEGLES

Sum­mer­time in Bè­gles, the art-deco swim­ming pool “Les Bains” closes its doors to give way to “Bè­gles Beach” – leisure, re­lax­ation area and life­guard on duty. Av­enue Pierre-mendès France, Bè­gles

11 > Bè­gles Plage +33 (0)5 56 85 01 12 www.mairie-begles.fr From mid-june to mid-septem­ber

3 MEGALITHIC NECROP­O­LIS OF PEYREHAUT

These megalithic ves­tiges tes­tify to the hu­man pres­ence on the ter­ri­tory, 5000 years ago. It is a group of five buri­als, unique in the Gironde, made of stones erected about 3000 years be­fore Christ. Chemin de Couhins, Vil­lenave d’ornon

4 CHÂTEAU DE LAURENZANE

For­mer manor house re­built in the 18th and 19th cen­turies A «green­house aviary» at­trib­uted to Gus­tave Eif­fel. The grounds fea­ture ex­cep­tional trees, small bridges and grot­toes. There is also a walk lined with bronze and mar­ble sculp­tures by Danielle Bi­gata. Al­lée Gas­ton Ro­drigues, Gradig­nan

10 > Eglise de Gradig­nan

5 EAU BOURDE VAL­LEY

The Eau Bourde stream runs through seven parks in Gradig­nan and of­fers walk­ers and bik­ers mul­ti­ple land­scapes where flora and fauna flour­ish. Sev­eral mills and the Pri­ory of Cayac, em­blem­atic site of the pilgrim routes. Cours du Général de Gaulle, Gradig­nan

10 > Prieuré de Cayac

6 PRIEURE DE CAYAC

Records of this pri­ory go back to 1229 and it con­tin­ues to be a stopover point for pil­grims on their way to San­ti­ago de Com­postela. A manor house and hospi­tal re­built in the 16th cen­tury and presently a cul­tural cen­tre with an aris­to­cratic ap­pear­ance. Listed his­toric mon­u­ment. Cours du Général de Gaulle, Gradig­nan

10 > Prieuré de Cayac +33 (0)5 56 75 65 17

7 CITE FRUGES-LE COR­BUS­IER

Built in 1926 by the famous ar­chi­tect Le Cor­bus­ier, Cité Frugès is a fine ex­am­ple of French ur­ban ar­chi­tec­ture. This hous­ing es­tate and gar­den has 50 houses and has re­cently been clas­si­fied by UNESCO as a World Her­itage site. 4 rue Le Cor­bus­ier, Pes­sac - 4 > Le Mon­teil +33 (0)5 57 93 65 40 - www.pes­sac.fr From Wed­nes­days to Sun­days Free en­try

8 ZOO DE BORDEAUX-PES­SAC

This zoo fea­tures fauna and flor a from five con­ti­nents. Gi­raffes, ocelots, lemurs, ze­bras, gib­bons, chee­tahs, arc­tic wolves etc. are vis­i­ble all ye ar round in this newly-ren­o­vated zoo. 3 chemin du Transvaal, Pes­sac +33 (0)5 57 89 28 10 - www.zoo-bordeaux-pes­sac.com Open daily un­til 5 p.m €15,50 / €12

9 CHÂTEAU PEIXOTTO

Built in 1769 by banker Sa­muel Peixotto. An ex­tra floor was added in the 19th cen­tury. A beau­ti­ful tra­di­tional gar­den is lo­cated in back. The arms of the Peixotto fam­ily are en­graved on the ped­i­ment. French-style gar­dens. Al­lée de Peixotto, Ta­lence - B > Peixotto

10 CHÂTEAU DE THOUARS

The old­est château in Ta­lence. Only two of the orig­i­nal four tow­ers re­main. The corps de lo­gis was re­stored by ar­chi­tect Charles Du­rand in the 19th cen­tury, when the château be­longed to the Balguerie fam­ily. Av­enue de la Marne, Ta­lence - 8 > Château de Thouars

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