Euro 2016 Special: BordeauxLa Belle Bourgeoise. With its breathtaking architecture and its dynamic bars and bodegas, diverse and lively Bordeaux is the perfect place to raise a glass of its famed red wine après-match and talk about the game. The Red Bulletin brings you the best of this elegant city
Long known as “La Belle Endormie”—or Sleeping Beauty—Bordeaux sits on the Atlantic coast and is the main city in the French Aquitaine region. Its magnificent architectural heritage and particularly well preserved and extensive city centre make it a popular choice as a location for period films.
Forgotten by city planners, the city had languished for years until a change of policy in 1995 began major restoration work. The Garonne waterfront in the centre of the city was transformed into a wonderful place to take a stroll, to relax in a café or to eat in one of its famous restaurants
And for revellers, the Place de la Victoire has the highest concentration of bars in a small area in France.
The Stadium: Matmut-Atlantique
UEFA EURO 2016 matches
Wales v Slovakia
Austria v Hungary
Belgium v Republic of Ireland
Croatia v Spain
Quarter-finals W41 v W43
The new Matmut-Atlantique sports complex was built in 2015 to replace Chabans-Delmas stadium and host all local Bordeaux team matches. Monumental, delicate and airy, the stadium architecture is designed to integrate visually into the surrounding landscape. It has a maximum capacity of 42,115.
Bordeaux will have its own Fan Zone in the Esplanade des Quinconces for the duration of the competition. The special programme of live broadcasts of all Euro 2016 matches, concerts on non-match days and soccer-related events means fans can enjoy the festive atmosphere free of charge.
- City Population: 241,287
- Region: Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes
- Stadium: Matmut-Atlantique
- Local Team: FC Girondins de Bordeaux
- Capacity: 42,115
- First Match: 11 June 18:00
- Fan Zone: Esplanade des Quinconces
WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WATCHING A GAME
For a drink, snacks and to watch the match.
Try some local food and enjoy drinks or cocktails on the fringes of match broadcasts.
… in vinotherapy!
Visit Les Sources de Caudalie for exclusive treatments in a setting of rare beauty and sophistication. Head to the nearby prestigious grand cru vineyards of Médoc, Sauternes, Pomerol or Saint-Emilion.
… in beautiful countryside!
Stroll along the Atlantic coast or climb to the top of the Dune du Pilat at the entrance to Arachon Bay. At 110 metres, it’s the highest sand dune in Europe.
… not forgetting the music!
Music lovers mark your calendars: the Festival Sauvage is a 30-minute drive or a two-hour bike ride from Bordeaux and takes place from 8 to 12 June 2016.