The 10 most beautiful walks around Bordeaux

Le lac Vert

To get some fresh air and get out of the big city, hiking around Bordeaux quickly becomes a must for those who try it: within a radius close to the Bordeaux metropolis, there are beautiful walking itineraries within everyone’s reach, from simple strolls to long hikes.

One of France’s most dynamic cities, Bordeaux is a pleasant place to explore, between the historic center and the banks of the Garonne. Another of Bordeaux’s assets is its region: it’s easy to get out of the urban area, whether by car, regional train or even bicycle, to find yourself in some nice natural spots, in a wood or on the banks of a river, to get some fresh air for a nice outing.

Hiking around Bordeaux doesn’t present any major challenges for walkers in general. The Gironde is a flat region, with very gentle slopes: there’s no question here of racking up the elevation gain! On the other hand, with a good variety of trails, you have the choice of going for a nice two-hour stroll or a more strenuous outing.

Thanks to its mild climate, still largely influenced by the nearby Atlantic Ocean, hiking is a year-round activity in Bordeaux. But beware in summer, as the mercury rises quickly, and you’ll be more likely to seek out itineraries with shade… to be found in our selection of the most beautiful hikes around Bordeaux.

1. Nice walk in the forest of Le Taillan-Médoc

La forêt du Taillan-Médoc

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  • Duration: approx. 2h15
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Height difference: 117 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Let’s start with an easy hike around Bordeaux, with a tour of the Taillan-Médoc forest. It takes 35 minutes to reach the starting point from Bordeaux by car.

With no difficulty whatsoever, this hike takes on the air of a lovely stroll in the shade of the trees of the Taillan-Médoc forest: for a leisurely outing, ideal for families with children, don’t hesitate to venture out on the side paths, explore the three signposted sports trails, and pack a picnic lunch on the grass, for a complete outing.

2. Loop along the Eau Bourde river

La rivière de lEau Bourde

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 8.7 km
  • Height difference: 139 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This particularly refreshing hike around Bordeaux takes place along L’Eau Bourde, on the course of the river between Gradignan and Canéjan. It takes an average of 25 minutes by car to reach the starting point from the center of Bordeaux(45 minutes by bus).

The walk is not at all difficult and is accessible to all. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of flora and fauna on the banks of the river and in the Canéjan pine forest. On the way, you can visit the Prieuré de Cayac, which is a popular stopping-off point for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

3. On the Roger Lapébie trail in Sadirac forest

La piste Roger Lapébie

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Height difference: 137 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A long and pleasant greenway for hiking around Bordeaux, the Roger Lapébie trail, named after a former Tour de France winner, also lends itself to walking. Shaded throughout and well laid out, the trail leads through the eponymous forest to the peaceful village of Sadirac.

A relatively short, easy outing for all levels. From the center of Bordeaux, it’s about half an hour’s drive to Sadirac.

4. Canéjan forest and Lac Vert, on a loop

Le lac Vert

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Height difference: 142 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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We’re off again to the south-west of Bordeaux, where we left a previous walking itinerary (n°2) in Canéjan: two hikes around Bordeaux that can be coupled to lengthen the outing and increase the difficulty.

Here, we start the walk directly in the Canéjan forest(26-minute drive from Bordeaux city center), where pleasant pine scents predominate. Most of the route is shady, passing in front of Château Haussmann before circling Lac Vert and returning to the starting point.

5. Loc Boué park’s hilly trails

Les sentiers vallonnés du parc de Loc Boué

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  • Duration: approx. 1h45
  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Height difference: 179 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Head for Bouliac, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the center on the right bank of the Garonne, for this pleasant, easy hike around Bordeaux.

Situated on the slopes at the edge of the town, Loc Boué park offers enough relief to accumulate a little elevation gain during the day. A green interlude, not too crowded, a pleasant and rather exotic outing on the outskirts of Bordeaux.

6. The Arboudeau wood and its ponds in Parempuyre

Etangs à Parempuyre

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  • Duration: about 1 hour
  • Distance: 3.2 km
  • Height difference: 45 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Another pleasant green getaway for a hike around Bordeaux that’s both close by and easily accessible from the city center(35 minutes by car to Parempuyre).

The Arboudeau wood, with its 17 hectares of greenery, its many species of local trees, its well-marked paths and its large ponds, is the perfect place for a varied outing and a breath of fresh air, perfect for a family day out with the little ones, for example.

7. Swimming at Bordeaux Lac from Place de la Bourse

Baignade à Bordeaux Lac

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  • Duration: about 4h30
  • Distance: 20.6 km
  • Height difference: 173 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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You don’t have to go far to hike around Bordeaux: in this case, our itinerary starts right in the heart of the city center, at Place de la Bourse! In a different vein from our previous walks, this one is urban and then suburban, and involves a fair number of kilometers.

The general idea is to explore the modern districts of Bordeaux Lac, to the north of the city. When the weather’s nice, don’t forget to pack your swimsuits: as you walk around the large lake, note that the Plage du Lac allows you to take a dip in the water, ideal in summer when it’s hot in the city.

8. Loop on the Carignan-de-Bordeaux vineyard slopes

randonnées Bordeaux : Carignan-de-Bordeaux

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 10.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 209 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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To the east of Bordeaux lies the Entre-deux-Mers wine-growing region: the hillsides on which vines are grown are gaining in relief (Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, for wine lovers), and several opulent châteaux are appearing along the way.

It’s a region that lends itself well to hiking around Bordeaux, as shown by this lovely undulating route that begins and ends in Carignan-de-Bordeaux, a 25-minute drive from the center. A foretaste of the wine-growing countryside of Bordeaux.

9. Sports outing in Mandavit Park

Parc de Mandavit

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  • Duration: approx. 1h15
  • Distance: 4.8 km
  • Height difference: 86 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Just south of Bordeaux, Gradignan offers plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air and stretch your legs, just a 25-minute drive from the city center. This hike around Bordeaux is another example, with a pleasant and easy outing around Mandavit Park.

Maritime pines, umbrella pines, oaks and chestnut trees grace the park, providing welcome shade when the sun heats up, while a variety of sports facilities allow you to add other activities to your hike. All the ingredients for a fun half-day outing.

10. Forest loop around the Laugey sand pit in Saint-Jean-d’Illac

randonnées Bordeaux : Boucle en forêt

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance: 11.1 km
  • Difference in altitude: 157 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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A half-hour’s drive will take you to Saint-Jean-d’Illac, just outside the Bordeaux conurbation’s sprawling suburbs. At the edge of the commune, you’ll find yourself on a pleasant hike around Bordeaux, along shady forest paths that are free of housing and suitable for all seasons.

Most of the route follows the course of La Jalle, a small stream whose freshness accompanies you all the way to the former Laugey sand pit: the terrain on the edge of the lake becomes sandy. The trail then forms a beautiful loop in the forest, without any notable difficulty. What more could you ask for than a change of scenery and variety, just a stone’s throw from Bordeaux?