At the heart of France’s wine region, Bordeaux offers an eclectic mix of tourist attractions. Known locally as the Sleeping Beauty, today Bordeaux is well and truly alive and flourishes on its idyllic setting on the banks of the River Garonne. Besides its obvious appeal for wine tours, Bordeaux attracts visitors with its picturesque pedestrian boulevards that lead to a quaint city centre blessed with Romanesque mansions and Gothic architecture. Be sure to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art (Mussee d’Art Contemporain) for collections of work by Sol LeWitt. Another great sight in Bordeaux is the Cathedral of Saint Andre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 13th Century and can be seen from all corners of the city. A visit to city would not be complete without taking in a ballet performance at the Grand Theatre. For night owls, Bordeaux offers a wide range of bars and nightclubs along the streets of La Victoire and La Calle Ocho. If you prefer to spend the evenings relaxing then visit the parks before retiring to your own private Bordeaux accommodation, allowing you both freedom and comfort.
When to go to Bordeaux
Although most popular during the spring and summer months when temperatures hover around the low to mid-20s, Bordeaux is suitable all year round and ideal for romantic city breaks. The city does receive a fair amount of rain, however this only helps the vineyards to flourish and lay on the opportunity to unparalleled wine tasting. With superb restaurants open 12 months a year, there is never a bad time to take a holiday here.
Getting to and around Bordeaux
Bordeaux has its own international airport, which receives regular flights from across Europe. The city is one of the most important train hubs in France and a comfortable journey from Paris, Nantes and La Rochelle. Within the city, getting around on foot is the best way to appreciate its beauty, especially when staying at one of the many Bordeaux holiday rentals available. If the legs do become tired then hop on the electric tram.
Where to stay in Bordeaux
When visiting the most famed wine region in France, an excellent alternative to hotels and guesthouses are self-catering villas in Bordeaux. Whether travelling with groups of friends, as a family or with your loved one, renting apartments in Bordeaux is by far the best option. Not only will you save money, but also grant yourself comfort and freedom. HouseTrip.com has many options for self-catering accommodation in Bordeaux and you are only a few clicks from finding the perfect apartment or villa.