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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+33
- Best time to visitAs 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
Excellent tour of essential Bordeaux sights/neighborhoods. Guides were friendly, helpful, informative and most of all, fun!!!! We loved our tour and highly recommend it.
Lea was a great guide. Got the right balance between fun and informative. Guides at all three vineyards were enthusiastic and informative. Tasted lots of fantastic wines. Loved St Emillion - beautiful! A great day out
Impressed by the presentation-covering all senses and aspects (futureustic, present, historic).
I highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Karim, was not only incredibly knowledgeable, but gracious and completely engaging. This was the best choice of an excursion in Bordeaux we could have made. Thank you Karim and Carlos.
Purchased the 3-day pass for a 6 day stay in Bordeaux, France. While the QR code arrived via email, I had to go to the Tourist Office in the center of town to show them the purchase and receive a printed pass to use at all locations. While not as convenient as simply receiving a pass via mobile app to use everywhere, the pass itself was terrific. All transportation and museum costs were covered and it was a valuable asset in making my trip a great one.