The Environmental Civic Centre sprung up from the former dockers’ hiring centre. It broadens perspectives on sustainable development and combines a resource centre, an exhibition space and an exchange forum giving the public access to ideas and the means to participate actively on a daily basis. Quai Richelieu, face à la Porte Cailhau
A, C > Porte de Bourgogne +33 (0)5 24 57 65 20 - maisoneco.blog.bordeaux.fr 11 a.m to 6 p.m (8 p.m on Thursdays). Closed on Mondays. Free entry.
13 PONT DE PIERRE
The first bridge built in Bordeaux on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, the pont de pierre unifies the two banks of the Garonne into one single city. Constructed between 1810 and 1822, it extends over 487 metres and is built on 17 majestic arches. Each pillar rests on 220 pine and fir trees. Crossing the bridge required you to pay a fee up until 1863. It is a veritable belvedere over the port and the city.
A, C > Porte de Bourgogne
14 PORTE DE BOURGOGNE
One of numerous gates constructed in the 18th century in place of older medieval structures that had become dilapidated obsolete. The Burgundy Gate was inspired by Roman triumphal arches and built between 1750 and 1755 by André Portier in honour of the newborn duke of Burgundy, grandson of King Louis XV. Place Bir-hakeim - A, C > Porte de Bourgogne
Porte de Bourgogne, Saint Patrick’s Day 14