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Talence - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

Talence is a city in south -western France, in the southern suburbs of Bordeaux. It is the fourth largest city in the department of Gironde after Bordeaux, Merignac Pessac. The inhabitants are Talençais.

City Talence houses the College of Science and Technology of the University of Bordeaux (formerly Bordeaux 1 University) and many schools, engineering schools ( Arts et Métiers ParisTech, NCSS, ENSEIRB- MMK, Sup - Ago -Bordeaux Institute optical Aquitaine ), business schools ( Bordeaux school of Management and Architecture ( ENSAP ).

Common urban area located in the Bordeaux urban area south of Bordeaux, it is part of the first belt.

The territory of the present city of Talence was long covered with forests which were scattered hamlets. The presence of these forests would be the origin of the name " Talence ". The latter effect would be derived from the word " Tala " which means " chopping wood ". This is the 13th century that names like " Talanssa ", " Talencia ", " Talancé ".

The real stand Talence, which was constantly a devastated place ( looting and devastation caused by constant wars ), 17th century. The proximity of Bordeaux and the presence of three major trade routes become safer ( roads Bayonne, Toulouse and Tests ) attracted the rich bourgeois of Bordeaux. Many bourgeois Bordeaux built their castles and magnificent houses Talence. Thus the banker Samuel Charles Peixotto will build what later became the mayor of the city. In 1783 a Portuguese family of exiles fleeing the Inquisition, the Raba, entrust Victor Louis, the architect of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, the construction of a dwelling and the construction of a park whose reputation exceeds boundaries of the municipality.

However Talence retain its rural vocation. It was not until the late 19th century and during the 20th century Talence says its urban character and will see the development of many industrial activities : food metallurgy, fabrication, chemicals, slaughterhouses, avionics, shoes, ( biscuit chocolate... ).

From the years 1970-1980, these industries will disappear or relocate to other areas of the Urban Community of Bordeaux to make way for residential buildings. One of the latest is from Cardboard France.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.8026140 (N 44° 48’ 9”)
Longitude-0.5880540 (W 0° 35’ 17”)
AltitudeFrom 9m to 31m
Surface area8.35 km²
Population43506 inhabitants
Density5210 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBordeaux (2.7 mi, 13 min)
Insee code33522
IntercommunalityBor Métropole

Nearest cities & towns

Pessac2.7 mi (11 min)
Gradignan3 mi (11 min)
Bordeaux3.5 mi (14 min)
Bègles3.6 mi (12 min)
Villenave-d'Ornon4.2 mi (13 min)
Canéjan5.7 mi (13 min)
Le Bouscat5.8 mi (19 min)
Cadaujac5.9 mi (15 min)
Léognan6.6 mi (18 min)
Artigues-près-Bordeaux7.1 mi (17 min)
Cestas7.5 mi (13 min)
Floirac7.8 mi (14 min)
Bouliac8.3 mi (16 min)
Saint-Médard-d'Eyrans8.5 mi (13 min)
Mérignac9.1 mi (20 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Performance halls

Events and festivities


The Mayor
The Mayor
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The castle of the Black Prince
The castle of the Black Prince
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A cultural center square neighborhood
A cultural center square neighborhood
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St. Mary 's Church
St. Mary 's Church
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The University Campus
The University Campus
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Tuesday 20 june
Min. 16°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 21 june
Min. 14°C - Max. 21°C
Thursday 22 june
Min. 13°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Bike tour of Bordeaux
Culture and education25 € Bordeaux (2.6 mi)
Private tour of Bordeaux's monuments and riverbanks by Citroen 2CV - night time
Entertainment110 € Bordeaux (2.6 mi)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 4 hours
Culture and education65 € Bordeaux (2.8 mi)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 2 hours
Culture and education52 € Bordeaux (2.8 mi)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 3 hours
Culture and education57 € Bordeaux (2.8 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Europe loop
HikeEasy3h20Saint-Laurent-d'Arce (17 mi)
Loop of Cubnezais - ​​cubnezais
HikeIntermediate3h30Cubnezais (21 mi)
Templar Route in Marcenais
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy45 minMarcenais (21 mi)
Colinet / cezac loop - cavignac
HikeIntermediate3h50Cézac (22 mi)
Loop Santiago de Compostela
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h20Biganos (22 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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