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Cycle along the city’s network of bike paths as you taste local wines, look across the Garonne River or relax in one of the city’s many gardens and parks. 

Known around the world for its high caliber of wines, a visit to this French city reveals far more than just grapes and cellar doors. Bordeaux is a city loved by its residents for its laid back approach to life, and a progressive community of musicians and artists. Spurred by a large student population from one of France’s largest universities, the city has a vivid nightlife centered on the historic La Victoire district. The Garonne River provides a stunning backdrop to the picturesque city, and visitors to the city will love the scenic Les Quais quarter.

Bordeaux is a particularly flat city and, with 580 kilometers (360 miles) of paved cycling routes, a bike is the ideal mode of transport for visitors. Hire a bike from one of the many vendors in the city center, or make use of the city’s bike sharing program, with stations at regular intervals throughout the city. Bordeaux’s mild winters mean that bikes are a great way to see the city year round, although bringing a raincoat couldn’t hurt, even in summer.

The city’s major attractions are focused around its historic attractions and cultural institutions. Head to Sainte-Catherine Street in the pedestrian center of the city for excellent shopping and views, or climb the more than 200 steps to reach the top of the Basilica of St Michel’s gothic spire. The Musee D’Art Contemporain is a must for anyone with an interest in art, while those more interested in the outdoors will love Bordeaux’s botanic garden.

Once you’ve explored the city it’s time to sample its wares, and the vineyards around the city are a great place to start. The area is a world renowned region for wine production, and tours of the most famous wineries are available from the city centre.

Bordeaux is located just 50 kilometers (31 miles) inland from France’s southwest coast. Bus or train to the city from Barcelona, Marseille or Paris, or fly to Bordeaux’s international airport from further afield.

Where to stay in Bordeaux

Bordeaux which includes theatre scenes and heritage architecture

Bordeaux City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(50 area reviews)

Travellers choose Bordeaux City Centre for its great bars. Hop aboard the metro at Gambetta Tram Station or Grand Theatre Tram Station and check out top sights like Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux City Centre
Cap Sciences which includes cycling

Chartrons

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Chartrons. Spend some time visiting top spots like Cap Sciences, and catch the metro at Emile Counord Tram Station or Grand Parc Tram Station to see more of the area.

Chartrons
Notre Dame Church which includes heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Bordeaux Golden Triangle

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, you might enjoy attractions like Rue Sainte-Catherine and Notre Dame Church. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Grand Theatre Tram Station to see more of the city.

Bordeaux Golden Triangle
Bordeaux featuring food

Saint-Michel

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Discover Saint-Michel, memorable for its restaurants. Popular attractions in Saint-Michel include St. Michael Basilica and Marche des Capucins, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Saint-Michel Tram Station.

Saint-Michel
Cap Sciences which includes cycling

Quartier du Lac

4/5Very Good!(23 area reviews)

Noted for its lake views and bars, there's plenty to explore in Quartier du Lac. Top attractions like The City of Wine and Aushopping Bordeaux Lac are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Claveau Tram Station or Brandenburg Tram Station to see more of the city.

Quartier du Lac
Cap Sciences featuring signage

Bassins a Flot

The restaurants and museums are just a few things visitors like about Bassins a Flot. The City of Wine and Cap Sciences are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Bassins A Flot Tram Station or Rue Achard Tram Station to get around the larger area.

Bassins a Flot

Top hotels in Bordeaux

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
4 out of 5
17 Allée de Rio, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is Rs7,328 per night

Located in Bordeaux Sud, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rock School Barbey, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Place de la Bourse. Grand Theater Opera National ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (570 reviews)
Bordeaux Hilton

"Great trip. Hotel is 5-10 mins walk from the easy to use and good value tram system. Hotel staff were friendly and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Novotel Bordeaux Lac
Novotel Bordeaux Lac
4 out of 5
Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is Rs7,104 per night

This family-friendly Bordeaux hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Bordeaux Congress Center, Barriere Casino Theatre and Bordeaux Exhibition ...

4.1/5Very Good! (624 reviews)

"Great hotel with outdoor pool which we really appreciated in the hot weather. Good location close to tram for easy access into Bordeaux. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Room comfortable and cleaned daily. Good variety of breakfast. Ate dinner in restauratant one evening but was not impressed ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Novotel Bordeaux Lac
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
5 out of 5
2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is Rs17,961 per night

Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place des Quinconces. Pey Berland ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)

"Superb hotel right at the Place de Comedie, the centre of downtown Bordeaux, which I got at very affordable prices (courtesy of Covid-19), really a wonderful deal. Luxury rooms, a bit tight compared with others in this trip, but still comfortable. Excellent bed. Difficult to get to the hotel because ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

Popular places to visit in Bordeaux

Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux
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Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux

4.5/5(59 reviews)

As with many stately buildings that dominate their space, this one has a superb presence. Tour this magnificent building and enjoy one of its performances.

Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Rue Sainte-Catherine

4/5(77 reviews)

If you love to shop, this French street has great appeal. People watch as you have a drink or meal. The street seems to have a life of its own. 

Place de la Bourse
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Place de la Bourse

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Explore this photogenic riverside square, which is bordered by two grand neoclassical palaces and features a spectacular fountain at its center.

The City of Wine
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The City of Wine

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Study the exhibits at The City of Wine, a popular museum in Bordeaux. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

Cap Sciences
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Cap Sciences

4/5(8 reviews)

Be a scientist for the day at this fascinating museum, which aims to educate and entertain visitors with its annually changing exhibitions.

St. Michael Basilica
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St. Michael Basilica

4.5/5(66 reviews)

A freestanding bell tower with a ghoulish history is what draws most people to this landmark, but the large Gothic church here is equally impressive.

Reviews of Bordeaux

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

Lovely place , nice and flat for mobility. Excellent restraints, shops and above all great transport to get about. Will come back

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

Excellent team and transport system which is very reasonable and reliable and safe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Dec 2019

There are wine tasting tours that can be taken through the Bordeaux tourism office to visit Saint-Emilion. The tourist office also offers walking tours or with the City Pass there are also tours on an open top bus or mini train.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Nov 2019

Lovely range of food options especially the great meat and cheese

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

The most beautiful shopping streets. Lots of variety and plenty of restaurants. My only problem was the cyclists and scooters in the pedestrian areas, very hazardous and not very safe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Oct 2019

Great City. Underestimated , great in city transport system.

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