BordeauxFrance

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Visit Bordeaux

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!(46 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Musee des Beaux-Arts while getting to know Bordeaux City Centre, and be sure to check out the lively bars. You can hop aboard the metro at Gambetta Tram Station or Grand Theatre Tram Station to see more of the area.

Bordeaux City Centre
Cap Sciences featuring signage

Chartrons

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Chartrons. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Emile Counord Tram Station or Grand Parc Tram Station.

Chartrons
Cap Sciences featuring signage

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 Aushopping Bordeaux Lac and Bordeaux Exhibition Center 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
Notre Dame Church which includes interior views and theatre scenes

Bordeaux Golden Triangle

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Bordeaux Golden Triangle for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Rue Sainte-Catherine and Les Grands Hommes. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Grand Theatre Tram Station.

Bordeaux Golden Triangle
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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 featuring signage

Bassins a Flot

Bassins a Flot is well-liked for its restaurants and museums. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, The City of Wine and Cap Sciences are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Bassins A Flot Tram Station or Rue Achard Tram Station to get around.

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs5,103
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rock School Barbey, Place de la Bourse and Cathedrale St. Andre. Rue Sainte-Catherine ...

4.4/5Excellent! (453 reviews)

"Has a friendly staff, clean, nice rooms and has a great food court right next door"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean
ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean
2 out of 5
60 RUE EUGENE LEROY, Bordeaux, BOD
Rs3,504
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rock School Barbey, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Place de la Victoire. Place de la ...

3.6/5Good! (67 reviews)

"The property is near to the train station (not the ibis style that is nearest)."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean
Hotel Burdigala
Hotel Burdigala
4 out of 5
115 Rue Georges Bonnac, Bordeaux, Gironde
Rs6,967
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

Located in Meriadeck, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Seurin Basilica and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Cathedrale St. Andre and Rue Sainte-Catherine ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (613 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and professional. Also, the place was spotless clean!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020

Hotel Burdigala

Popular things to do 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(76 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(106 reviews)

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

Place de la Victoire
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Place de la Victoire

4/5(80 reviews)

A gateway to the rest of the city, this bustling square in Bordeaux's student quarter is home to classical monuments and stylish restaurants.

The City of Wine
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The City of Wine

4.5/5(43 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at The City of Wine during your trip to Bordeaux. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

Jardin Public
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Jardin Public

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Stroll around the lawns of this public park and enjoy the tranquil environment. Then explore its cultural and culinary attractions.

Reviews of Bordeaux

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 29, 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 traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Lovely range of food options especially the great meat and cheese

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 2, 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 traveler

Oct 29, 2019

Great City. Underestimated , great in city transport system.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Bordeaux is a vibrant buzzy city, the only negative comment as with all trips to France, why can't dog owners be responsible for clearing up their dog mess like we do in the UK? So frustrating having to dodge the poop on every pavement!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Would visit again

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Bordeaux Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

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