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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Planning Your Bordeaux 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

Kerem is an entertaining, knowledgeable and capable Toir guide

The tour of the Haut Medoc wine AOC was superb. Tour of the Marquis de Terme winery was great for well seasoned AOC wanderers as well as the novice. The scent game on the way back to Bordeaux brought us all together for a rich wine experience.

Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour Reviewed by Malcolm, 09/18/2018

Another great tour. Lots of fun and lots of very relevant information.

The Bordovino team rally bend over backwards to help. Small groups on each of the three tours we did. So interesting and lots of fun as well.

Bordeaux: Wine Tour with Tasting Reviewed by Robert, 09/15/2018

Great trip....very infomrative, great fun, excellent value for money.

I booked three trips with Bordovino - all excellent. Staff really knowledgeable and top of their game. I would book these guys above any.

The guide was great and the visit interesting

I really liked the fact we had a van to go there from Bordeaux. While driving, Simon our guide who was great made some quizz and explained a lot of things about wine to us. The visit was interesting, the grape and the wine tasted really good! It’s something you will wanna do if you like wine and are interested by it.

St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour Reviewed by Joachim, 09/13/2018

Interesting trip.Dont worry if you dont like oysters, prawns provided

Super guide,pretty too.Very interesting country and the dume are the highest i.ve every seen-but there are steps to the top!

From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour Reviewed by Albert, 09/08/2018