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Like Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Place de la Victoire features an arch monument and has roads leading off in every direction toward other city neighborhoods. Unlike its bigger counterpart, however, Bordeaux's cool plaza is not swamped with tourists. The laid-back atmosphere here makes it an ideal place to linger a while. Rest from sightseeing at one of the square’s cafés and bars and watch people coming and going.
Look for the marble column in the center, which celebrates Bordeaux’s wine production heritage. The unique pillar twists like a vine and uses red stone from the Languedoc region to represent Bordeaux's renowned wines. Take a seat on the bronze tortoise next to the obelisk.
The square's other notable monument is the Porte d'Aquitaine, a stone arch dating back to 1753. Examine the reliefs depicting sea gods. Cross through the arch to enter the famous Rue Sainte-Catherine, which runs past the Aquitaine Museum up to the Bordeaux National Opera.
Stop to admire the a building that belongs to the University of Bordeaux on the eastern edge of the square. The classical-style façade features Ionic columns and busts of scientists. Two statues representing nature and science welcome visitors to its entrance.
Taste some of the region's well-regarded wine in one of the restaurants on the square, which range from casual cafés and bars to fine-dining establishments. On warm evenings, patrons often sit outside and enjoy drinks as the sun sets. You’ll find several banks and hotels around the plaza too.
Open-air live music events are occasionally held in the square, as are local markets. Check to see if any of the surrounding cafés are hosting music nights during your stay.
Take a tram or bus to Victoire stop to reach Place de la Victoire. The square is less than 10 minutes away on foot from other major attractions in the city, such as the Grosse Cloche.
Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock School Barbey and St. Michael Basilica. Grosse Cloche and Place de la Victoire are also within 2 mi (3 km). Belcier Tram Station is 8 minutes by foot and Carle Vernet Tram Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is steps from Parliament Square and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Place de la Bourse and Maison du Vin de Bordeaux are also within 5 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station and Sainte-Catherine Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place des Quinconces. Pey Berland Tower and Cathedrale St. Andre are also within 10 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Quinconces Tram Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock School Barbey, St. Michael Basilica, and Place de la Victoire. Grosse Cloche and Rue Sainte-Catherine are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saint-Jean Tram Station and Bordeaux St-Jean Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Les Grands Hommes and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Maison du Vin de Bordeaux and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 10 minutes. Gambetta Tram Station is 5 minutes by foot and Grand Theatre Tram Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this romantic bed & breakfast is steps from Hotel de Ville Palais Rohan and Cathedrale St. Andre. Musee des Beaux-Arts and Aquitaine Museum are also within 10 minutes. Gambetta Tram Station and City Hall are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this hotel is steps from Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Les Grands Hommes. Place des Quinconces and Cathedrale St. Andre are also within 10 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Quinconces Tram Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Saint Jean Station District, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Rock School Barbey, St. Michael Basilica, and Place de la Victoire. Grosse Cloche and Aquitaine Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tauzia Tram Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sainte-Croix Tram Station is 8 minutes.