Bordeaux Travel Guide : practical and useful information for tourists (2023)


1 / GENERAL

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Population : 239,399 habitants (726,000 inhabitants in the urban community of Bordeaux)

Area : 49.36 km²

Population Density :4,363 per km²

Name of Inhabitants :Bordelais and Bordelaises

Region : Aquitaine

Twin Cities : Bilbao, Quebec, Saint-Pertersbourg, Los Angeles, Munich, etc

Other Names : “Pearl of Aquitaine”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Burdigala” from the 1st century A.D. that means Gallic city

Map : Google Maps

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2 / TRANSPORT

BY CAR

Near the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux is a knot of highways in France and even globally in Europe. 580 meters separate Bordeaux by highway A1. Other large French cities like Limoges, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Pau and Bayonne or the Spanish border are easily accessible by highway A62, A65, and A63. To reach the city by car, you’ll take the Rocade, the longest belt highway in France, which measures 45 km. Once in the city, we recommend taking public transportation, which is readily available.
The different relay parking lots allow you to leave your car in a safe place and get to a nearby tram station to get to the city center while avoiding traffic jams and paying a lot for parking. Relay parking lots are free or not too costly depending on the situation.


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BY BUS / TRAMWAY

In fact, the transportation network, named TBC makes available 3 tram lines, 65 bus lines, and shuttle services through Flexo and Résago (that service a limited area for free and who should be called in advance) to provide simple access to the 8 cantons and 28 communes in Bordeaux.
The city’s public transportation also includes the Batclub, which is in reference to 2 shuttle lines that connect the two banks of the Garonne (number of travelers is limited to 45 people, 15 kids under 12 at maximum). There is no metro in Bordeaux since it was judged to be too complicated to install. Additionally, the city is very beautiful, so it would have been a shame to take an underground train to get to another part of the city. To enjoy the city’s beauty, take one of the 1,500 VCUB bicycles available in 100 terminals within the city. Over 200km of bike paths have been planned, so don’t hesitate. If you are afraid that the bike seat is too painful for you to ride, you can use the car sharing service, Citiz, qthat offers hundreds of vehicles of suitable sizes in over 30 stations.
To legally use public transportation (which runs from 5 am to 1 am), you have the choice between many combined plans cgiving you unlimited access to the network, parking lots, bicycles, and even certain museums with the Citypass. You’ll find many places to get a transportation ticket. You can even buy one in advance to save some time thanks to the e-boutique !


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BY TRAIN

To arrive in Bordeaux without a car, you can take the Tgv
The main trains station is called Bordeaux St-Jean, and is located in a lovely building built in the 19th century to replace a station that had become too small. This historical monument has one of the largest glass canopies in Europe. The TGV trains that are leaving or arriving make connections to Spain and larger French cities like Paris in just 3 hours. Intercité and TER trains allow you to get to Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Limoges, or Bayonne.
The station is serviced by transportation that lets you get to the city center or other city neighborhoods: the C tram and bus lines 9, 10, 11, and 16.

Two other train stations that are serviced by the transportation network, also give access to the “Sleeping Beauty”: the Cénon and Pessac train stations. You’ll find more information here.

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BY PLANE

The Bordeaux Merignac Airport is, of course, outside the city (10 km to the west), but you can get to the Sleeping Beauty thanks to bus line 1 or Jet’Bus, a special shuttle.
The lines for the different companies take you to the larger French cities as well as European cities and those in the Mediterranean basin in just a few hours.

3 / WHEN TO GO?

- In winter, sif you don’t want to put up with up with the crowds or the summer heat. You’ll enjoy the antique shops in January, the sales in February, and the Foire aux Plaisirs being a big local celebration organized on Place des Quiconces during the first three weeks of March.

- In spring, the International Fair of Bordeaux is a big show where you’ll find what you need to brighten up your day and your home. From mid-June to the end of June, don’t miss out on the Epicuriales, an event that celebrates fine cuisine, wine, and music for 15 days among many events.

- In summer, if you want to enjoy this lovely region with a pleasant climate and events in Bordeaux.

4 / INFORMATION AND USEFUL ADDRESSES

Tourism Office : City’s web site

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Emergency number: 112 (Euro zone, 112 redirects you to numbers 15, 17, 18, 115, and 119)

Fire: dial 18

Ambulance (medical emergency): dial 15

Police: dial 17

Missing children: dial 116

5 / BUDGET IN BORDEAUX

Accommodation :

The following prices are indicative. They refer to a one night stay in a standard double bedroom and may be subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

- Less than 50€, you can stay in a 2 or 3 star establishment that may be well located
- Between 50€ and 100€, some 2, 3, and 4 star establishments welcome you with a modern, traditional, or elegant décor in different neighborhoods in the city.

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Restaurants :

The following prices are indicative. They refer to the price of one course or a menu for one.

- Less than 5€
  • A canelette, the popular crepe variety of the traditional cannelé that you can try at the Chartrons market
  • A traditional cannelé in one of the Ballardran boutiques. You’ll find different addresses on their web site where you can buy them.
  • Bread or another treat that was just taken from the oven in the bakery owned by Laurent Lachenal, who has worked with Eric Kayser.
  • One or several macarons from among the 18 flavors offered by Philippe Andrieu, a pastry chef who has worked with Pierre Hermé and at Lenôtre.
- Between 5€ and 10€
  • A meal (main dish and appetizer or dessert) at the restaurant, L’eau à la Bouche, managed by a culinary blogger. You’ll be able to try original and refined dishes.
  • A dish or a snack with coffee, known for its hot drinks, Books & Coffee.
  • A meal at La Cagette, the chic dining hall that offers tarts, salads, and meat based dishes.
- Starting at 15€
  • A divine and uncommon hamburger accompanied with fries as well as a dessert for 14€ at the FrenchBurgers food truck.
  • A meal from the 1 star restaurant Septième Péché that will surprise your taste buds with its quality ingredients cooked with just a bit brilliance.
  • A meal that will allow you to discover the flavors of the southwest at the restaurant, L’Assiette du Vieux Saint-Pierre.

For something to drink :

  • Jamon Jamon, a tapas bar- shop and restaurant by day – in which you can have a nice glass of red wine with flavorful tapas. Expect to pay between 10 and 15€ per person for a friendly drink.
  • In Camelot, you’ll spend 2.50€ for a pint of beer, 4€ for a glass of wine, or 5€ for a cocktail in a nice and friendly pub in the city center.
  • A Baroque style with electro music accompanying a savory cocktail at Azuli Bar.

Public Transportation :

1 ticket: 1.50€
from 5am to 1am

6 / UNMISSABLE VISITS!

The Tourism Office’s website is very well done. There you’ll find suggestions for your visit depending on your interests as well as more precise information. We suggest the ones below, a few priority places to see. The city’s 8 cantons (Bordeaux Maritime, Grand Parc-Paul Doumer, Centre-Ville, Victor Hugo-Saint-Augustin, Saint-Michel Nansouty Saint Genès, Bordeaux Sud, La Bastide, Cuadéran) make available everything about their history, which influences their architecture. The city is, above all, known for its buildings dating back from the 18th and 19th centuries. Giving it the name “city of art and history”, it also has many museums that you should enjoy.


Places and Neighborhoods to See :

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  • The must-see places in the city are found in the old city, within its ancient walls. The historic part of the city, in its center, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is organized around the courtyards, Clémenceau, Aristide Briand, and Marne, as well as Place Gambetta, Place de la Victoire, and Place des Grands Hommes.
    You won’t be able to pass up on rue Sainte-Catherine (pedestrian shopping area), which is 1200 meters long and connects the Grand Theaters to Place de la Victoire.
    Passing by this massive street, you’ll reach the northwestern part of the city where you’ll find chic restaurants and cafés as well as multiple luxury boutiques. You’ll find yourself in the capital of Aquitaine’s Golden Triangle, made up by the Cour Clémenceau, Cour de l’Intendance, and the Allées de Tourny. This Golden Triangle is the location of convents that were requisitioned during the French Revolution then reorganized around a central square, Place des Grands Hommes, and a few streets branching out with the names of intellectuals who inspired the French Revolution (Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Voltaire).

  • Arriving at the Monument of Gironde,erected in memory of the victims of the Terror, you’ll find yourself right by the Garonne. Wanting to walk along the river, you’ll pass by the largest public space in Europe, the Esplanade des Quinconces where there are statues of Montaigne and Montesquieu. Once you have crossed the street, you’ll find yourself on a large path reserved for pedestrians and cyclists. There you’ll be able to discover the modern bridge, Jacques Chaban Delmas (even more impressive when lit up at night); the Pont de Pierre; the Place de la Bourse where there are often events during the summer; etc. If you return to old part of the city, you’ll see nearby the Porte Cailhau built in the 15th century with a height of 35 meteres. You’ll be able to go through its two pillars, or even better, visit its first floor for free, or the entire building for 3.50€.

  • In the northern part of the city, the Chartrons neighborhood was founded from the Chartreux convent, built in the 14th century by the inhabitants to protect themselves in a swampy place during the Hundred Years War. A street, Cours Xavier-Arnozan; a large pathway named today Cours de Verdun; and beautiful houses dating back to the 18th century add a certain interest to this neighborhood that has not stopped being, since 1990, the trading place for regional wines and has become a neighborhood dedicated to art. There you’ll find woodworkers, restaurants, specialists with gold, wood carvers, antique shops, art galleries, and other artistic workshops.

  • In the northwest, the Saint-Seurin Basilica and the Palais Gallien, an old amphitheater, is also worth a detour..

  • In the west, the modern neighborhood, Mériadeck, is the business center of Bordeaux, where there is also a large shopping center, a garden, and an ice skating rink.

Museums :

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  • The CAPC, the contemporary art museum is located in an old colonial warehouse. It has a permanent collection of 1300 works and welcomes temporary exhibits every year. 4€ at full price and 2€ at a reduced price for access to the permanent collection; 6.50€ at full price and 3.50€ at a reduced price for access to the entire ensemble of the musem.

  • If you appreciate contemporary arty, you’ll also be able to go to Frac, the regional contemporary art fund of Aquitaine that has an important permanent art collection and also displays temporary exhibits. Access is free and available from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 2:30pm to 6:30pm Saturdays.

  • Like the majority of larger French cities, Bordeaux has its fine art museum. There, you will discover artistic works from Bordeaux and other places in Europe from different movements and time periods ( from the 16the to 20th century) displayed in a building built in 1881. Within its walls the museum also organizes meetings, concerts, and conferences. 4€ at full price and 2€ at a reduced rate for the permanent collections; 6.50€ at full price and 3.50€ at a reduced rate for dual ticket for the permanent collection and the temporary exhibits. It is free for those under 18.

  • The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is located in the Hôtel de Landres, one of the most beautiful monuments in the city, which will allow you to dive into the chic Bordeaux with its furniture and other objects from the time. 4.00€ at full price and 2.00€ at a reduced price for the permanent collection; 5€ at full price and 2.50€ at a reduced price for a double ticket for the permanent and temporary collections. It is free for youth under 18.

  • Since Bordeaux is known for its wine-making activities, there you will find the Wine and Trade Museum. You are also allowed to have two tastings along with your visit for 10€ at full price and 5€ at a reduced price. Access is free for children, but no wine for them!

  • The International Customs Museum will probably surprise you with the little marvels that it hides. Additionally, it is more entertaining and the young ones will enjoy it. Come discover this cabinet of curiosities open from Monday to Sunday, for 3€ (1.50€ at a reduced price, free for anyone under 18).

  • The Museum of Aquitaine is perfect to understand the development of Bordeaux and its region from prehistory to today. Temporary exhibits pay homage to the cultures of the world. The schedule of events (with round tables, concerts, and workshops) is also rich. 4€ at full price and 2€ at a reduced price for the permanent collections; 6.50€ at full price and 3.50€ at a reduced price for a double ticket for both the permanent collections and exhibits. It is free for youth under 18.

  • Another museum oriented towards history,National Center Jean Moulin brings together documents relating to the Second World War.

  • Built during World War II, the undersea base of “Sleeping Beauty” de la "Belle Endormie" became a popular place in the city where you can attend temporary exhibits, concerts, and shows of all sorts.

  • Cap Sciences is an educational and fun museum that the entire family will enjoy. The young ones as well as any curious visitor will appreciate the diversity of the exhibits, workshops, and gatherings that take place on the 1400m2 space. Entrance fees range from 0 to 7€, 6 and 12€ for kids’ workshops.


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Go for a sunny walk or read in the grass:

  • Bois de Bordeaux is the largest in the city. You’ll mostly find some room to sit down along the ponds or walk around, since it is 87 hectares.

  • The Botanical Garden is a 600m2 mixture of colors and species in 44 plots.

*This travel guide was published in November 2014, prices may then vary.

FAQs

Is Bordeaux good for tourists? ›

Bordeaux is a beautiful city characterised by its stunning architecture, ease of day trips into the nearby French countryside, and of course, its world-famous wine.

What is Bordeaux especially known for? ›

Excellent wines are produced all around France, but Bordeaux is considered the wine capital of the country. Going to Bordeaux is like a journey into the rich world of wine.

How do you travel around Bordeaux? ›

You can get around Bordeaux by a variety of methods; rent a bicycle or motorised scooter, hop on one of the urban buses, catch a cab or take the new tramway system. The Bordeaux Découverte card, available at the tourist office, allows unlimited travel for a number of days on buses and trams.

Why do people visit Bordeaux in France? ›

The Bordeaux region is home to nearly 8,000 wine chateaux producing some 700 million bottles each year. In other words, there's no shortage of wines to try or vineyards to visit.

How many days in Bordeaux is enough? ›

You should allow a minimum of 5 days to experience the region of Bordeaux. At the very least you should give yourself two days to explore the city, another two days visiting the vineyards of the right bank and left bank and at least another day to explore the stunning Atlantic coast.

Is Bordeaux cheap to visit? ›

Backpacking Bordeaux Suggested Budgets

A mid-range budget of 135 EUR per day covers a private Airbnb room, eating out for most meals at cheap restaurants, enjoying a few glasses of wine, taking the occasional taxi, and doing paid tours and activities like museum visits and a wine tour.

What should I bring home from Bordeaux? ›

You'll find lots of original gift ideas to spoil your loved ones: jewellery, decoration, magazines... The flagship products: the Carte à Gomar, a customisable map of Bordeaux, and the les Succulentes de la Malice, succulents planted in found vintage cups and vases.

What are the 3 main sections of Bordeaux? ›

7 Bordeaux Wine Styles

Red Bordeaux wine (aka claret) is classified as a unique blend of at least two of the three grape varieties that are commonly grown in the Bordeaux region: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc.

Do they speak English in Bordeaux? ›

French is the official language spoken in Bordeaux. As a hugely popular international tourist destination you may well find that in many restaurants, bars and hotels English is spoken.

What is the best time to visit Bordeaux? ›

The best time of year to visit Bordeaux is undoubtedly between May and November for walking or exploring the vineyards. If you want to attend the grape harvest which is an important time in the life of the region, visit Bordeaux in September (at the earliest in late August and the latest in October).

How do you spend 5 days in Bordeaux? ›

Detailed Itinerary
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Bordeaux. Bordeaux's location along the Garonne River. ...
  2. Day 2: Farmer's Market Tour & Wine in the City Tour. Hit the streets of Bordeaux with a local guide. ...
  3. Day 3: Wine & Bike Tour in Saint Emilion. ...
  4. Day 4: Beaches & Vineyards Tour. ...
  5. Day 5: Depart Bordeaux.
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Can you get around Bordeaux without a car? ›

Located in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, the city of Bordeaux is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the surrounding vineyards without a car. Reach Saint-Émilion by train, the urban vineyards by tram, and other parts of the wine region on one of the many scheduled bus routes.

What do you wear to Bordeaux? ›

Casual style is usually appropriate. To be on the safe side, avoid flip flops, heels, shorts for men, torn t-shirts and very short miniskirts. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes, layers and something colorful and stylish to take nice pictures.

Is Bordeaux the most beautiful city in France? ›

Bordeaux, that warm, magic, generous name on the bottle, the capital of Nouvelle Aquitaine, and 'undoubtedly the most beautiful city in France', as Stendhal called it in 1838, has, after a long slump, recreated itself to make Stendhal's words ring true once more.

Is Bordeaux a walkable city? ›

Exquisite architecture, fresh seafood, a vibrant city with an historic core, and some of the best wine in the world—in a nutshell, this is Bordeaux, France. Even better, the whole city is highly walkable, with pedestrian-only areas and welcoming squares.

What is the coldest month in Bordeaux? ›

The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 17 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 56°F. The coldest month of the year in Bordeaux is January, with an average low of 37°F and high of 50°F.

Are Bordeaux expensive? ›

There are about 10,000 wine producers all around the city of Bordeaux and not all of them produce luxurious and expensive wine. The vast majority of Bordeaux wines are affordable. My corner supermarket in Bordeaux sells local wines for 5 to 12 euros per bottle with sales tax.

Do you need cash in Bordeaux? ›

There's no way to avoid dishing out the cash entirely if you really want to experience what you came here for (the wine, amiright). So this sample Bordeaux budget of about €50 per person, per day is filled with nice meals, plentiful drinks, and even a few tours.

Is Bordeaux a friendly city? ›

Bordeaux is generally safe and ranks safer than other major cities in France. While violent crime is not common in Bordeaux, theft and vandalism are not unheard of. As a tourist, you will likely be navigating the center of Bordeaux where you are most likely very safe.

What is the most popular food in Bordeaux? ›

With the Atlantic ocean coastline, fish and shellfish are popular, but Bordeaux is carnivore country and its most celebrated dish is entrecôte marchand de vin, also called entrecote a la bordelaise; rib steak cooked in a rich gravy made from Bordeaux wine, butter, shallots, herbs and bone marrow.

What is the best thing to bring back from France? ›

The Best Souvenirs from France (and where to find them)
  • Your own signature perfume (French Riviera)
  • Some Fragrant Herbes de Provence (Provence)
  • A Sweet Lavender product (Provence)
  • The Best Macarons in France (Paris)
  • A Bottle of Delicious Normandy Cider or Apple Brandy (Cambremer, Normandy)

Do you tip taxi drivers in Bordeaux? ›

As tipping is discretionary in France, there is no pressure to leave your taxi driver with a couple of extra euros. However, some taxi drivers will go the extra mile.

What is the best region of Bordeaux? ›

The great red wine areas are the Médoc, north of the city of Bordeaux, and in the south the best of the Graves, Pessac-Léognan, on the west bank of the Garonne. These are the so-called “left-bank” wines.

Is 3 days in Bordeaux enough? ›

3 Days in Bordeaux

You will have enough time for your wine tours, but you will not miss out on what the city of Bordeaux has to offer. If I had three days in Bordeaux I would: – Visit two wine regions of Bordeaux – one on the Left Bank and one on the Right Bank. -Explore the wine bar scene.

What are the 5 main grapes in a Bordeaux? ›

What are the Bordeaux Varietals? The six Bordeaux Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and occasionally Carménère. Bordeaux blends are made up of differing combinations of these grapes, all of which bring unique characteristics to their wines.

Can you drink the tap water in Bordeaux? ›

Tap water is generally safe though it can be heavily chlorinated. Mineral water is recommended as is cheap to buy and is sold as eau gazeuse (carbonated) and non gazeuse (still). Remember to drink plenty of water during hot weather. The power supply in Bordeaux is 230 volts.

Can I wear jeans in Paris? ›

You can wear jeans, if they are discreet, dark and well cut, but not in the evening, and not with a tee shirt and sneakers – you would look too casual. If you're planning to enjoy a night out on the town, this is a good rule to remember. Most nightclubs won't allow you in if you're wearing sneakers and jeans.

Are there mosquitoes in Bordeaux? ›

The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors to prevent bites. The risk for mosquito activity is high.

What is the hottest month in Bordeaux? ›

July is the hottest month in Bordeaux with an average temperature of 20.5°C (69°F) and the coldest is January at 6°C (43°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 8 in August. The wettest month is January with an average of 110mm of rain..

Is Bordeaux a warm or cool climate? ›

Bordeaux lies on the 45th parallel and has a very temperate climate, partly due to its latitude but also due to the moderating influence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream, the latter bringing warmer waters from further south.

Is Bordeaux cheaper than Paris? ›

Cost of living in Bordeaux (France) is 26% cheaper than in Paris (France)

Does Bordeaux have a beach? ›

As mentioned, however, few know Bordeaux for its exquisite seaside destination: its beaches, overlooking not only the Atlantic Ocean but also rivers and lakes, offer tourists an excellent alternative to the French Riviera and, we're sure, they'll make you fall in love.

Which is better Paris or Bordeaux? ›

1) Bordeaux is smaller and more manageable than Paris. This town, famous for its wine, is a fabulous walking city, full of historical monuments and stunning architecture. 2) BDX (as its known) is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Is 2 nights in Bordeaux enough? ›

Can you really see Bordeaux in 2 days? A two day Bordeaux itinerary isn't a lot of time but it is more than enough to see the best of what Bordeaux has to offer. With limited time to travel, a weekend in Bordeaux can be just the right amount of time to fall in love with The World Capital of Wine.

Is Uber used in Bordeaux? ›

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Bordeaux. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

Which is better left or Right Bank Bordeaux? ›

The Cabernet-driven Left Bank wines tend to be higher in tannin — again, making them good candidates for aging, which helps to mellow out the tannins and integrate the flavors of the wine. Merlot-driven Right Bank wines are generally smoother, with softer fruit flavors and balancing, but not dominating, tannins.

How much does the tram cost in Bordeaux? ›

Transports Bordeaux Métropole

A single fare is 1.50€. Use euro coins or a chip-and-PIN debit/credit card to pay for a card good for 1, 5 or 10 trips. One fare pays for one hour of travel, so you can transfer between tram and bus as necessary during the hour.

Can you wear jeans to dinner in France? ›

Jeans (besides dark or black-wash) are usually safest to avoid. I'd recommend a skirt, tights, and a nice blouse—paired with either boots or heels. If you're ever unsure of what would be allowed, opt for semi-formal attire: a dress or skirt (always with tights) or slacks.

Can I wear jeans to a wine tasting? ›

Can I wear jeans to a winery? Yes! Jeans are acceptable year-round – we call it wine country casual (for women — sundresses, blouses and skirts, nice jeans, wedges, sandals, etc.; for men – golf shirts, khaki pants, nice jeans, dressier shorts, stylish sneakers, boat shoes, etc.).

Can you wear jeans on safari? ›

Don't Wear Jeans or Heavy Cotton Clothing

As we mentioned above, a lot of safari-type clothes are made of lightweight material. This is important for many reasons. First, you can keep your skin covered without overheating. The fabric is light, and it also dries quickly.

What is the prettiest French city? ›

Paris, the Capital

Look no further: Paris is the most beautiful city in France and also the most romantic. For many people, Paris is the first contact with the country, the final destination or the starting point for fun road trips through France.

Which is better to visit Burgundy or Bordeaux? ›

While Bordeaux may be known primarily for its excellent and quaffable red wines, Burgundy is a bit more well-rounded in some ways. That's because the area is equally known for its reds and whites — white Burgundy can be incredibly delicious.

Is Bordeaux or Marseille better to visit? ›

Both Bordeaux and Marseille during the summer are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Marseille in the summer for the beaches and the family-friendly experiences. Also, most visitors come to Bordeaux for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Is there a lot to do in Bordeaux? ›

There are a lot of free things to do in Bordeaux. From browsing the various food, book and antique markets to the Bordeaux sights like the Miroir d'Eau and the parks, you can easily build an itinerary of free fun.

Is English widely spoken in Bordeaux? ›

French is the official language spoken in Bordeaux. As a hugely popular international tourist destination you may well find that in many restaurants, bars and hotels English is spoken.

How far is Bordeaux from the Eiffel Tower? ›

The distance between Bordeaux and Eiffel Tower is 497 km. The road distance is 581.5 km.

Are Bordeaux beaches Nice? ›

Bordeaux Lac has everything you need, a sandy clean beach and a lot of shade from the nearby trees for those who don't really like the sun. the beach is open to the public daily during the summer (July and August) and starting July 1st it offers water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf and more.

Is Bordeaux good for beaches? ›

As mentioned, however, few know Bordeaux for its exquisite seaside destination: its beaches, overlooking not only the Atlantic Ocean but also rivers and lakes, offer tourists an excellent alternative to the French Riviera and, we're sure, they'll make you fall in love.

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