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
Our host Phillipe was the perfect amount of entertaining and intellectual. After travelling in a beautifully air conditioned van we arrived at Saint-Émilion, a beautiful village famous for it’s wine. Our guide was talking the whole time about little facts here and there, discussing everything from the best places to buy bottled wine to architecture. From there we visited a local chateaux and saw on a slightly smaller scale the production of a wine from vine to bottle. Then we were driven to another vineyard that had a significantly larger plot of land and made wine on a much greater scale. We got to drink wine, discuss the best way to drink it and the best years for Bordeaux wines. We were then transported back to the city centre after about 5-6 hours. Overall it was a lovely introduction to Bordeaux wine with very friendly hosts.
The tour was very informative and a good experience guided by Pierre. During the drive to and fro he was very informative on all different aspects of Bordeaux and also St Emilion. The only thing that was a downside would be the guide at the Chateau Fombrauge who spoke English with such a difficult accent that we really could not understand what he was saying. The guide at Chateau Palais Cardinal was really good and could be understood without any problem.
Tour was excellent from start to finish. Guide Guilliame nagged effortlessly with French and Scottish guests on tour. Polite and courteous throughout tour and displayed great knowledge of whole wine making process. Guides at both Chateaus visited were very informative and relaxing in approach to our group. Tour of St Emillion village was the highlight of a splendid afternoon. Would recommend this tour and guide Guilliame to others without hesitation.
We enjoyed this tour last week (July 2019) and enjoyed an incredible day touring chateaus and restaurants in St. Emilion with our incredible guide, Emily. The entire experience was very pleasant and it is clear the tour company takes great pride in their selection of guides, chateaus to visit, and the day-long itinerary. We will ABSOLUTELY book this provider again in the future! Many thanks to Emily for an awesome day-long experience!
What a tour it was fabulous, a full day of exploring. The tour was very well organised and the chateaux picked were absolutely perfect. The tour guides at each of the wineries selected were excellent not only on their knowledge but also in how they interacted with us. Would wholeheartedly recommend Thank you