Quality Hotel Bordeaux Pessac
Avenue de l'Europe
Gradignan, Bordeaux, 33170
Phone: (33) 5 56 75 20 00
Fax: (33) 5 56 75 20 01
Admiring the visionary mind of architect Charles-Edouard Le Corbusier, Bordeaux industrialist Henri Frugès commissioned him to create this unconventional neighborhood. Fifty houses were built in 1926, but they didn't become homes until 1929. The 1970s brought restoration and renewed respect for the buildings, which are now listed and protected in a national heritage zone (Protection du Patrimoine Architectural Urbain et Paysager). With only modest architectural alterations allowed, the whole neighborhood will be preserved, while maintaining its original residential feel.
The Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is a five-hectare (12-acre) park and is home to some 400 animals belonging to 110 different species. Animals from Africa and Asia, including lions and giraffes, are there to be discovered, as well as a species of wolf with a mane. The zoo offers a number of free attractions, such as water tobogganing and a riding school for the kids. Picnics are permitted although the zoo also provides fast-food refreshment. The zoo is located about 15 minutes drive from the center of Bordeaux.
The Parc Peixotto, created by banker Charles Peixotto on his estate in 1765, now hosts open air concerts.
Place d'Arlac is a pleasant market place.
Located inside the Château Tauzin, the Bibliothèque has 6 000 books for children and 7 000 books for teenagers and adults that can be perused on site or borrowed for free. Each year several hundred more titles are added. You can also read the latest issues of 50 magazines and newspapers that the Bibliothèque subscribes to or enjoy free Internet access. The library regularly organizes conferences as well as film screenings, art exhibitions and other cultural events. Closed Monday and Sunday; on Thursday open only for classes.
Art lovers and historians will fall in love with the Maison carree d’Arlac. Located in the town of Mérignac of France, this folly is located near the town of Bordeaux. Constructed in the 18th century, the building was originally erected for the banker Charles Peixotto, who belonged to the town of Bordeaux. Built in the Neo-Classical style of architecture, the mansion sits on a bed of natural greenery and sports a pristine white exterior.
Located in Léognan, this beautiful church was built in the 11th Century. What exists today as the church are the remains of what earlier was a bigger chapel built by the order of St Jacques. The majestic bell tower did not originally exist and was added in the 15th Century. The structure is currently in the inventory of French Historical Monuments. Do pay a visit to this beautiful ancient church.
Château Carbonnieux is a wine estate located near Bordeaux and is set against the scenic back drop of the Pessac-Léognan region. This grand and strong structure was originally built in the era of the famous hundred years wars for defense purposes and the imposing estate makes it quite evident. Though now the ambiance is serene and peaceful, Château Carbonnieux has witnessed many wars and political upheavals. In 1990's, a modern and advanced winery was set up and many renovations and upgrades took place in the following years. While you are in France, do visit the winery for its vast wine plots, enormous cellars and the tedious wine-making process. Check the website for a complete insight of Château Carbonnieux.
Bibliothèque Saint-Augustin is a popular library located in the heart of Bordeaux. Well-organized and distinct sections for children, teens and adults makes browsing easy. A huge number of documents and journals are stored in the shelves. The library subscribes to around 60 national and international newspapers, that are widely read by visitors. The collection is regularly updated with books, magazines, AV material, tapes and more. Literary courses and workshops are also offered by Bibliothèque Saint-Augustin. Contact library for more information.
This church built between 1874 and 1894 has three naves.
Eglise Saint Augustin is a lovely 19th-century church, whose main treasure is its organ. This instrument dates back to the 1800s, and has a rich tone, making the classical concerts held at the church well worth a visit.
Notre-Dame des Anges is a Franciscan church in the heart of Bordeaux. It occasionally puts on classical concerts, so call for more information.