Travelling beyond Limoges

There are a lot of attractive destinations near Limoges. You can travel to some big cities in France such as Pars, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and also some countries: Italia, Polland, Spain… These lists below are where our group has opportunity to visit.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux, a small port city in southwestern France, is best known for being a wine lover’s paradise. But even if you are not here for the wine, a visit to Bordeaux is still worth it because it’s a beautiful city with a lot of cool things to do around the area.

It’s not popular on the backpacking France or budget travel trail because it’s not the cheapest city in the country but, over the last few years, they have expanded their “free” options and a budget traveler can make their way through here without breaking the bank too much.

 

Other Things to See and Do in Bordeaux

1. Dune of Pilat

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The Dune of Pilat, also called Grande Dune du Pilat is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 60 km from Bordeaux. With more than one million visitors per year, the Dune of Pilat is a famous tourist destination.

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1. Stroll Rue Sainte-Catherine

For the walkers and the shoppers, this pedestrian shopping street is about one mile long (1.6 kilometers). The northern part of the street is filled with French chains, while the southern part has more local shops and restaurants. A lot of students hang out here as well, so it’s always busy, but especially on Saturdays.

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2. Explore Old Town Bordeaux

Home to one of the largest 18th-century architectural urban areas in all of Europe, the Old Town is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to its amazing preservation. Two famous attractions are the Grand Théâtre, which was built in 1780, and the Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux, built between the 12th and the 14th century.

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3. Visit the wine museums

Bordeaux has a handful of wine museums that dive deep into local history. There is the Vinorama, a talking wax museum that chronicles the history of Bordeaux wine, or the Bordeaux Wine Museum, which exhibits the history of the city’s wine merchants. Admission to the Vinorama is €10 EUR ($11 USD), while entry to the Bordeaux Wine Museum starts from €6.40 EUR ($7.15 USD). Both museums offer tastings.

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4. Walk around Les Quais

The Quays of Bordeaux follow the shores of the Garonne. The platforms here used to be a harbor, but have been since renovated for visitors to walk, rollerblade, or bike along. This 2.8-mile (4.5-kilometer) stretch is a scenic place to walk with some amazing views of the landscape and the unique Aquitaine bridges. This is also a popular nightlife and club area.

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5. Visit the Water Mirror

Bordeaux’s Water Mirror (Miroir d’eau) is a giant reflecting pool in front of the Place de la Bourse that people can actually walk across. It’s made up of thin granite slabs covered in just two centimeters of water, and it covers over 37,000 square feet. It’s more like a lake! In the summer, mist is created from special effects hidden in the granite.

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Bordeaux Travel Costs

Hostel prices – Bordeaux only has three hostels – that’s how upscale it is. Hostel dorms with eight beds run from €31.50 EUR ($35 USD) a night, and that’s about as cheap as it gets. Private rooms with shared bathrooms start at €54 EUR ($60 USD).

Budget hotel prices – Prices begin at about €54 EUR ($60 USD) per night for a double room at a two-star hotel. From there, prices go up quite a bit. A budget-friendly two-star hotel will have basic amenities like free wifi and air-con.

On Airbnb, you can find shared rooms in apartments starting at €31 EUR ($35 USD) per night. The average private room is €45 EUR ($50 USD), while the average price for a full apartment starts at €98 EUR ($110 USD) per night.

Average cost of food – Bordeaux has some amazing food and lots of traditional French restaurants. . Cheap sandwiches cost about €6 EUR ($6.75 USD). Most lunch specials will cost you around €10 EUR ($11 USD) for a meal. For dinner, you’re looking at spending around €15-30 EUR ($17-33 USD) for a main dish and around €7 EUR ($7.80 USD) for a glass of wine.

Barcelona- Spain

There’s something to delight everyone in Barcelona. If you’re a food lover then the city has a total of 20 Michelin stars, and if you want culture you’ve got an inexhaustible choice of beautiful buildings and events. Add to this clean urban beaches, world-class nightlife and so much great shopping you won’t know where to begin.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Barcelona:

1. Las Ramblas

 

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Never mind that a lot of locals shun this sequence of promenades that runs from Plaça de Catalunya down to the Columbus Monument at the waterfront.

If you’re a tourist it’s one of those things that you have to do.

In summer you’ll be under the shade of the tall plane trees and shuffling through the crowds that pass living statues, street performers, bird-sellers and flower stands.

Occasionally you’ll catch the whiff of waffles (gofres) being baked.

Once you get to the water you can keep going along the boards to visit the Maremagnum mall or Barcelona’s Aquarium.

2. Sagrada Família

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This is where to begin your adventure through Barcelona and the dreamlike works of Antoni Gaudí.

His minor basilica is a project of incredible scale and ambition that is still only around three quarters complete more than a 140 years after Gaudí first became involved.

When its spires are finished it will be the tallest church building in the world, and hardly resembles any religious structure you’ll have seen in your life.

The Sagrada Família combines several architectural styles including Catalan Modernism, Art Nouveau and Spanish Late-Gothic, but Gaudí’s masterpiece defies these kinds of definitions when you look up open-mouthed at the ceiling of the nave.

3. Casa Batlló

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Another of Antoni Gaudí’s most postcard-friendly creations, this apartment block wasn’t created from scratch but was a remodel undertaken at the turn of the 20th century.

You won’t need to have visited Barcelona to recognise the building’s roof, the tiles of which are the scales of a great dragon.

Like all of his work the inside and outside of Casa Batlló has that sinuous quality, with few straight lines, and dazzling attention to detail.

Take the mushroom-shaped fireplace on the noble floor, which like a cosy grotto was designed for couples to warm up in winter.

4. Casa Milà

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Also known as La Pedrera, as the front of the building looks a bit like the face of a quarry, Casa Milà was completed in 1912 and is another emblematic Gaudí building.

It’s one of several of Catalan modernist works to be UNESCO listed and was the fourth and final Gaudí building on Passeig de Gràcia.

Architects will appreciate the contemporary innovations here, including the self-supporting stone facade and underground car park.

It was designed for the industrialist Pere Milà i Camps to be his family home, with apartments for rent on the upper floors.

The coherence between the design of the building and Casa Milà’s furnishings is a real joy to see, and it’s all from a time when Gaudí was at the top of his game.

5. City Beaches

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Barcelona’s beachfront boardwalk stretches for miles. It will take a good hour to get from Barceloneta to Diagonal Mar on foot, but it’s a walk that really helps you understand the city.

The westernmost beaches like Sant Sebastià are busier and more touristy, but are backed by Barceloneta’s tight lattice of trendy shops and bars with terraces and outdoor seating.

As you move along the waterfront after the Olympic Port you’ll find a bit more room and more Barcelona locals.

Finally, just up from Platja de Llevant is the massive and new Diagonal Mar mall, revitalising a former industrial part of the city.

5. CAMP NOU STADIUM

if you are a fan of football, don’t forget to visit Camp Nou Stadium when having a chance to go to Barcelona.

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Camp Nou may be Europe’s largest football stadium but it’s not a matter quantity over quality.

It’s home to legendary FC Barcelona.

It’s the canvas where Messi paints trophies like Bob Ross painted trees.

It’s also home to the Camp Nou tour, the second biggest tourist attraction in Catalonia behind the epic basilica Sagrada Familia.

 

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