Things to do in

Bordeaux

Come for the wine, stay for the cosmopolitan feel, historical buildings, lively riverfront, and local cuisine.

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7 places of interest in Bordeaux

The city of Bordeaux is probably best known for its wine, but there's plenty more to savor in this city!

  • Pont de Pierre

    1. Pont de Pierre

    The "stone bridge" has become a romantic symbol of Bordeaux with its hanging lanterns and the trams that pass over it several times a day!

  • Botanical Garden

    2. Botanical Garden

    With medicinal roots from the 17th century, Bordeaux's botanical gardens are still worth a visit today.

  • 3. Wine and Trade Museum

    Follow the history of Bordeaux's wine industry, starting right in its birthplace. When King Henry II of England married the French duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, the region's wine became an international affair!

  • Dune of Pilat

    4. Dune of Pilat

    The Dune of Pilat, overlooking Arcachon Bay, is one of the true jewels of Atlantic Europe. Every year, visitors flock here to take in its white sands, enjoy windsurfing, and observe birds at the nearby Banc d'Arguin nature reserve.

  • Grand Theater

    5. Grand Theater

    This theater, built in neo-classical style, now houses Bordeaux's national ballet and opera. Once, in 1871, it even played host to the French National Assembly!

  • Basilica of St. Michael

    6. Basilica of St. Michael

    According to French lore, St. Michael was a local hero who slayed a dragon, and the story is now portrayed on the basilica's pulpit for everyone to enjoy. At 114 meters, the bell tower is the second-tallest in France.

  • Wine-tasting

    7. Wine-tasting

    What would a trip to Bordeaux be without a peek behind the scenes of its wine industry? Go on a tour to nearby medieval village St. Emilion and discover the rich heritage and tastes of the region's vineyards.

Frequently asked questions about Bordeaux

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Planning Your Visit

  • Identification

    French law mandates that you always have some form of government-issued ID on your person - ideally your passport.

  • Legal age

    Although in France the legal age to drink wine is 16, an exception is made in cases of wine tasting tours - younger children may indeed be permitted to take a sip. However, parents can exercise their own discretion!

  • Public transport

    Bordeaux has a good network of buses and trams. Tickets can be bought from sales offices or ticket machines at stops and may need to be validated upon boarding.

  • Stay covered

    Don't forget to stay safe in the sun while you're enjoying the delights of Bordeaux. This means plenty of sunscreen, and stay in the shade around midday.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    As a city on the Atlantic, weather is not as predictable and sudden changes can be expected. Spring and fall are the best times to visit for mild weather. Summer is busy with locals on holiday and tourists. If looking to visit wineries, avoid mid-September in which many tasting rooms are shut down for harvest time.

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,216 reviews

Excellent walking tour in Bordeaux with Karen. He was extremely knowledgeable and as a local, had great tips on places to eat and see which were non tourist places. Even after the tour had ended, he kept sending me additional info. He was enthusiastic and clearly loved the city, the history and what it had to offer.

This was a very memorable tour… I had a fantastic day celebrating my bday. The host was very knowledgeable about the history of the chateau and wines. I would definitely visit this chateau again

Rémi was the best guide ever! He gave us so much information and always catered his tours to the team that he was taking around. He also spoke excellent English!

Tour guid is excellent and helpful. We are very happy and enjoy.

Nice group and I learned a lot. I recommend this tour!