Euros 2016 - Bordeaux Travel Guide

Bordeaux has been catapulted from arguably the world’s wine capital to the buzzing centre of France’s Aquitaine region in the last 20 years. Ornate architecture is married with funky nightlife and modernised services across this heritage-rich city. When in town for the game, there are tons of attractions just right for the fan abroad. At Sixt we’ve put together a guide to the absolute best of Bordeaux to keep you entertained to the max, pre and post-match. 

Bordeaux City Map - Euros 2016 Guide

Watching the Games

  • The Stadium: Inaugurated in 2015, the Stade de Bordeaux designed by Herzog & de Meuron is framed by a forest of slim columns and includes a 200 seat restaurant and team merchandise shop. The stadium seats a substantial 42,000 spectators around the gleaming green pitch. The duo are also due to redesign Chelsea’s stadium so you might find some similarities between The Stade de Bordeaux and home turf. 
  • Public Viewings:  A Fan Zone is built up in every host city taking part in the Euros 2016 so visitors and locals can come together and watch open air match screenings. Bordeaux’s fan zone will be at the Place des Quinconces with a capacity of 60,000
  • Sports Bars: Pop by British watering hole Sweeney Tod’s sports bar to watch the game with a juicy burger. Do one better and after a night out tuck in to a full English breakfast, a rare treat on the continent! Happy hour is every day from 4pm until 7pm and all day Thursday so you can sip British pints like Abbot, Double Hop Monster and their housed-brewed Sweeney’s Ale for cheap. 
Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux

Euros Match Fixtures in Bordeaux

The teams playing in Bordeaux are listed here in local time (GMT +1)

 

11th June - 18.00:

 

Wales

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VS.

 

Slovakia

 

14th June - 18.00:

 

Austria

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VS.

 

Hungary

 

18th June - 15.00:

 

Belgium

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VS.

 

Rep. Ireland

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21st June - 21.00:

 

Croatia

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VS.

 

Spain

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2nd July - 21.00:
Quarter Final

 

 

W41

 

 

VS.

 

 

W43

Support England in Bordeaux

    • Where England are Staying: The England players are based in Chantilly, a town just North of Paris, for most of the Euro 2016 at the Auberge de Jeu de Parme hotel. We hear they are trying to stay in quieter towns after the noise problems in Krakow back in 2012!
    • Where they are Training: While staying in Chantilly, the team will be training at the nearby Chantilly FC. They are making a few improvements to the pitch before arrival and are apparently confident of their performance on the surface, with a good track record there.
    • Team Stats: The Stade de Bordeaux will host a total of five games, including one thrilling quarter-final. The opening match on 11th June sees Wales and Slovakia go head to head. Hedge your bets here as Wales may appear the favourite but Slovakia beat Spain in the qualifiers. Neighbouring nations Austria and Hungary are up next on the 14th. Austria has raised the bar after reaching the Fifa top 10  rankings for the first time while Hungary’s performance in the qualifiers was less promising. The Republic of Ireland’s defence might let them down against Belgium on the 18th while defending champions Spain meet Croatia on the 21st. 

      Get Out & About in Bordeaux

      • Unpick the tricky and baffling riddles at the Escape Hunt in Bordeaux, the new craze that’s rippling across the globe from its Bangkok birthplace. You and your buddies are locked in a game room and left to play your way out. An intoxicating blend of theme park and team challenges, this alternative for the non-traditional tourist will leave you hungry for round two. 
      • Wine is the liquid heart of Bordeaux so be sure to take a tour out to a flourishing vineyard. Sign up with Rustic Vines where your Kiwi guide Scott will show you to two private chateaus in St Etienne on a remarkably unpretentious tasting spree. Learn a few nuggets of information on the harvesting and pressing processes and feast on a complimentary picnic packed with regional produce.

      "Learn the story of wine with Rustic Vines, rated No 1 Trip Advisor activity in Bordeaux." Tim, Rustic Vines 

      • For sporty groups who want to dip their toes into adrenalin-fuelled surfing, the Wave Surf Café in Bordeaux is the place. Long-time surfers will show you the ropes in this compact haven complete with tropical café. Private body board and surfing sessions are bookable so you and your pals can be the only riders on this ceaseless frothy wave.
      Bordeaux City Centre
      Steak and Chips in Bordeaux

      Bordeaux Food & Culture

        • Local Delicacies: Bordeaux is famous naturally for its wines but there are a couple of edible dishes that region is home to. The most loved by chefs and visitors alike is ‘entrecote sauce au vin’ or rib steak marinated in a rich gravy made of wine, butter, shallots, herbs and bone marrow. We suggested grabbing a ‘steak frites’ (steak and chips) at a good-looking establishment and chowing down like a true Bordeaux carnivore.
        • Embrace the Culture: The city was long known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, as the walls were charcoal black from heavy pollution. Nowadays the name and the pollution have both happily lifted and what with the burgeoning population and high number of students, Bordeaux never seems to sleep at all. 

          Driving in Bordeaux

          The trick on how to drive in Bordeux is to cruise the city by car and seek the sights independently from the comfort of a plush seat. The Water Mirror in front of the Place de la Bourse alternately acts as a mirror or gently mists to extraordinary effect. Ten minutes’ drive to the east is the must-see Cathédrale St-André, it’s gargoyle structure imposing but nevertheless breath-taking. Just one hour’s drive outside the seamless streets containing 5,000 listed buildings are miles of glorious beaches. We recommend cruising through the scenic countryside this short way to hidden coastal gem Lacanau.  

          Bordeaux Driving Tips

          Important Distances

          Parking Tips in Bordeaux

          Transport your Group Easily

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          8 Seater e.g:

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          Mercedes-Benz V Class Hire

          9 Seater e.g:

          Vauxhall Vivaro

           

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          Drive like a Footballer

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