Bordeaux

Travel Guide
Place de la Bourse

Bordeaux Travel Guide Video

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 360 miles (580 kilometers) 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 center.

Bordeaux is located just 31 miles (50 kilometers) 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

Place de la Bourse

Bordeaux City Centre

5/5(106 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Place Gambetta 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
Bordeaux

Hôtel de Ville - Quinconces

If you're spending time in Hôtel de Ville - Quinconces, check out sights like Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux or Place de la Comédie and hop on the metro to see more the city at Grand Theatre Tram Station or Gambetta Tram Station.

Hôtel de Ville - Quinconces
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Saint Jean Station District

Noted for its river views and coffeehouses, there's plenty to explore in Saint Jean Station District. Top attractions like Sacre Coeur Church and Rock School Barbey are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Belcier Tram Station or Carle Vernet Tram Station to see more of the city.

Saint Jean Station District
Chartrons

Chartrons

4.5/5(16 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Quai des Marques 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 Cours du Medoc Tram Station or Les Hangars Tram Station.

Chartrons
Bordeaux Maritime

Quartier du Lac

3.5/5(21 area reviews)

Noted for its lake views and bars, there's plenty to explore in Quartier du Lac. Top attractions like Barriere Casino Theatre and Matmut Atlantique Stadium 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
Bordeaux Maritime

Bordeaux-Lac

4.5/5(4 area reviews)

Lake views and bars are highlights of Bordeaux-Lac. Make a stop by Bordeaux Exhibition Center or Bordeaux Stadium while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Claveau Tram Station to get around town.

Bordeaux-Lac
Residhotel Galerie Tatry
Residhotel Galerie Tatry
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Staycity Aparthotels, Bordeaux City Centre
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Eklo Bordeaux Centre Bastide - Hostel
Eklo Bordeaux Centre Bastide - Hostel
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Residhotel Galerie Tatry
Residhotel Galerie Tatry
3 out of 5
174 Cours du Medoc, Bordeaux
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Bordeaux. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...