RICT 2024

58th International Conference on Medicinal Chemistry

Interfacing Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery

 Bordeaux, France    July 3-5, 2024


Bordeaux is an amazing city! Book a boat tour, visit the famous "water mirror", relax in a park, climb the 229 steps of the Pey-Berland tower and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the old Bordeaux. Here's a selection of the very best of Bordeaux!

Bordeaux, a World Heritage Site

La Garonne Bordeaux
Bordeaux & La Garonne
Porte Cailhau
Porte Cailhau


Some 1,810 hectares of Bordeaux are listed a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will delight in discovering this remarkable area, between the outer boulevards and the Port of the Moon, i.e. the crescent shape bend formed by the Garonne, as well as the strip of land along the right bank. Do not miss:

  • The Saint-André Cathedral & Pey-Berland Tower: Located near the City Hall, this is the most beautiful religious monument in Bordeaux
  • The Water mirror: Located across from Place de la Bourse, between Quai de la Douane and Quai Louis XVIII, this spectacular pool, designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud, alternates a mirror effect and artificial misting in an extraordinary way. The rhythmic changes in 2 cm of water on a gigantic slab of granite make this location truly magical.
  • The Saint-Pierre district, the historic heart of Bordeaux, located behind the 18th century Place de la Bourse.
  • The Porte Cailhau, a royal entrance between the city and the river, dating from 1494, built to commemorate Charles VIII's victory at Fornovo (Italy).
  • The left bank quays overlooking the Garonne: The quayside in Bordeaux is one of the most magnificent waterfronts in the world thanks to beautiful 18th century façades lining the river and numerous listed historic buildings. The lawns, parks, and gardens along the Garonne have become great places to take a walk, ride a bike, go shopping or simply relax and enjoy oneself.  The Quai des Marques is the ideal place to go shopping and also to enjoy a drink on a café terrace overlooking the Garonne.

Public Garden

Public garden
Public garden

  Bordeaux's Public Garden combines the famous honey-coloured stone of stately 18th century buildings with a relaxed setting in which a pond is surrounded by centuries-old trees. The Jardin Public has been classified as "Jardin Remarquable de France".

Bordeaux, gateway to the vineyards

Chateau Margaux
Château Margaux
  Discover the world of Bordeaux wines and share the know-how of the Girondins winemakers. A few random names: Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Pomerol, Pauillac, Saint-Emilion, Loupiac, Sauternes, Entre-deux-Mers, Pessac-Léognan, Côtes de Bourg and Côtes de Blaye... Go behind the scenes, and experience winery tours and tastings to learn about the wine making process and find out your own wine preferences.

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“La Cité du Vin”

La cité du Vin
La Cité du Vin
   “La Cité du Vin” is a unique cultural centre dedicated to the universal, living heritage of wine. It offers a spectacular journey around the world, throughout the ages, across countless cultures and civilisations.

Bordeaux CityPass

For those who wish to make the most of their stay, the Bordeaux CityPass is really the best. This pass is available for 24, 48 or 72 consecutive hours (from 34€ to 50€).


  • La Cité du Vin
  • Les Bassins des Lumières
  • 15 museums and monuments
  • Unlimited access to tram, bus, river shuttle
  • 1 Bordeaux guided tour (to be booked at the tourist office)

Find out more: https://www.visiter-bordeaux.com/en/bordeaux-citypass.html


Bordeaux is an excellent starting point to explore the region, discover the vineyards and exceptional landscapes:

Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
fisherman's hut
Fisherman's hutOcean

  • The ocean is not far away. Follow the Garonne to get to the Gironde, the largest estuary in Europe, at the mouth of which the Cordouan Lighthouse has stood for centuries. From Soulac-sur-Mer, the Atlantic coast runs south in an almost straight line with sandy beaches, down to the Bay of Arcachon and the elegant town of the same name. Then all that remains to be done is climb the famous Dune du Pilat to appreciate everything from the top of the highest sand dune in Europe!
  • Bassin d’Arcachon: South of the Dune du Pilat, the golden beaches of the Bassin d'Arcachon and the villas of the 1950s make it a destination of choice for the most refined holidaymakers.
  • Visit the oyster-farming ports: taste fresh oysters from the local oyster farmer at the water’s edge, stroll among the colourful huts or watch the comings and goings of the flat-bottomed boats.
  • Discover Saint-Emilion: Founded in the 8th century, the city has been registered in 1999 as World Heritage under "Cultural Landscapes".
  • Surfing: Gironde is an ideal destination for surfing. The department has many dream spots very popular with surfers like the famous beaches of Lacanau and Soulac-sur-Mer.

Find out more on www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/Discover-Bordeaux