Top attractions in Bordeaux
The city of Bordeaux is probably best known for its wine, but there's plenty more to savor in this city!
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!
With medicinal roots from the 17th century, Bordeaux's botanical gardens are still worth a visit today.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
French law mandates that you always have some form of government-issued ID on your person - ideally your passport.
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!
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.
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.
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- 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
We'd hoped for sun and were lucky as it made the day so much more relaxing. Laura was great as she was knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic, being part of a long established wine family. The scent test, tasting and examples of different wines was useful and added to the atmosphere of the day. Laura paced the tour just right and we were lucky to go to two Chateaux and at harvest time too, which everyone was so exited about. Excellent all round.
Ilya was a great guide. Funny and informative. Two vineyards meant you could make comparisons (or try to!) Both Somaliers were professional and provided lots of useful information. Also an opportunity to explore the medieval town of St Emilion and a little bit of its history. Small group (8) who quickly got to know each other, with the help of Ilya, made for lively and interesting chat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour with Marie (Mary), she had a wealth of fascinating information, so knowledgeable, great with her group and encouraged questions and made it fun. This was invaluable to our short stay in Bordeaux, 2 hours out of the day to give insite to this amazing city, well worth it... book it, you won’t regret it.. thanks Mary
Excellent tour thru all the back streets and hidden alleyways of Bordeaux. Saw so many surprising sites and places that I would never have found on my own. And good information on the history - my guide was VERY knowledgeable! I appreciated that we were seldom on any high-traffic streets - made it more enjoyable. Highly recommend it!
This was a fun morning with Hugo travelling to a beautiful location and enjoying a tasty treat of prawns, as the option to oysters. Climbing the sand dune was great and it was a magnificent day to see the Atlantic and Arcachon Bay. We traveled with 3 others which made it very personal and everyone was able to have a chat.