A large public space in central Bordeaux, the Esplanade des Quinconces is a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city, just a few blocks away from Le Grand-Théâtre. Flanked by the Quai Louis XVII alongside the river, the esplanade offers peaceful waterfront views.
Built between the years 1818 and 1828, the square’s spectacular fountain that honors the Girodins, the group of republican politicians from the départment of the Gironde who were deputies in the Legislative Assembly during the French Revolution.
The original fountain was destroyed in World War II, but fortunately, was renovated years later. There are also statues of Montesquieu and Montaigne.
Travel Tip : While in the area, keep an eye-out for another noteworthy attraction, Jardin Public, an area where you can visit the botanical gardens and the natural history museum. The 11 hectares of Jardin Public is listed as a “Jardin Remarquable de France” (“Remarkable Garden of France”).
The grounds include a picnic area, a tea salon, and L’Orangerie that serves upscale bistro cooking, in a trendy dining room, with tables set under the shade of trees on the outside terrace.