Let your phone guide you around Bordeaux!

Are you keen to get under the skin of the city? Over at partner website Invisible Bordeaux, author Tim Pike has produced a set of self-guided walking tours around Bordeaux for iPhones and iPads.

The English-language tours are aimed at providing visitors and locals alike with interesting itineraries through the city that take in a host of sights of architectural, historical and cultural significance. As well as written word, the guides feature full audio commentary and original photography.

The tours are available via iTunes. You will first need to download the free GPSMyCity application, which then offers a simple interface to be able to select and download the individual tours. Light versions can be downloaded free of charge while the full GPS-enabled ad-free upgrade versions can be purchased for €2.49.

Four tours are currently available:
  • The Bordeaux Essential Landmarks tour provides a fifteen-stop guide to the sights that have to be seen by any self-respecting visitor, giving the full background story to postcard-friendly places such as the Grand Théâtre, Place de la Bourse, the Miroir d’Eau, Place Pey-Berland and Esplanade des Quinconces.
  • The Bordeaux Secret Sights tour enables users to uncover some of the more curious, less visible and lesser-known sights and stories in the city. These include Cour Mably, Utopia Saint-Siméon, the Grosse Cloche clock and its solar equation dial, Place Fernand-Lafargue and Hôtel Saint-François.
  • The Elegant Bordeaux Tour takes in the fine architecture, picturesque streets, peaceful market squares and magnificent churches of the Chartrons and Saint-Seurin districts. Sights include Saint-Louis and Saint-Seurin churches, the Jardin Public, the replica of the Statue of Liberty, Place du Marché des Chartrons, CAPC modern art museum and the Palais Gallien Gallo-Roman coliseum ruins.
  • The Bordeaux Right Bank tour lifts the lid on the underexplored streets and sights to be enjoyed across the Pont de Pierre. Stops include the former Alcazar theatre, the botanic gardens, the Maison Cantonale, the statue of Toussaint Louverture and the city’s first railway station, Gare d’Orléans.
Further tours through other parts of Bordeaux will soon be available, as will Android-friendly and French-language versions, so check back regularly to the dedicated website: bordeauxwalks.blogspot.com

News when it comes in will also be announced by Tim on the Invisible Bordeaux website (www.invisiblebordeaux.net) or via Twitter

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