By Admin | Last Updated August 26, 2019
Bordeaux in southwest France is a beautiful port city on the River Garonne. UNESCO World Heritage, Bordeaux offers the grandeur of Gothic Roman Empire. There are many 18th and 19th century palatial buildings and mansions, rich art museums like the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the majestic Place de la Bourse with its Three Graces fountain overlooking the Miroir d’Eau, and the Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André. And of course, Bordeaux is famous for its wine growing region, which can only be compared with the Napa Valley of California – USA, Hunter in Australia, and Champagne of France. There are more than 100,000 vineyards here.
While at Bordeaux, take a stroll along the bustling roads. The architectural treasures and historical monuments from the time of Victor Hugo and Napoleon III will fill your heart with the richness that Bordeaux offers. See the illustrious past on display in the ornate buildings of the Golden Triangle area. The city center is pedestrian friendly.
You will find historical architecture and modern buildings side by side. Then there are gorgeous squares, including the Victory Square, which is the largest square in Europe. There is a thriving waterfront too where you will find many chic cafes and boutiques.
Bordeaux is a great city for people who like the good life. You will find gastronomy delight, wine, culture and arts, luxury shopping, and the true French spirit.
The city is 591.9 kilometers from Paris by the A10, which takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes. By train, it is between 2 hours and 25 minutes and 4 hours and 11 minutes, depending on which train you take. Bordeaux is a top tourist destination. 6.8 million tourists visited the city in 2018, including 33,200 cruise vacationers.
Road – Bordeaux is an important road and motorway junction. The city has 76 bus routes, 14 night bus routes and also an electric shuttle service that travels along the city center between 5 AM and 2 AM. There are hundreds of taxis available 24 hours.
Rail – Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean in the city center is the main station. High-speed trains like the French national (SNCF) and the TGV can take you to Paris in 2 hours. There are train connections to Brussels, Cologne, Amsterdam, Geneva and London.
Air – The Merignac Airport is 22.6 kilometers from the city center. Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport and Paris Orly Airport will also take you to the city.
|Use Public Transport||Take the train or the public bus service. It is best not to take a car to the city. Also, avoid the taxis.|
|Carry Your Umbrella||It rains quite a lot here. There can also be a sudden downpour, especially in the spring and fall.|
|Be Like A Native||Pick up some basic French words, and a bit of local expressions, customs and social behavior. It is going to help you a lot in the city.|
|Lazy Sundays and Holidays||Most locals don’t work on Sundays. Many pubs, bars, restaurants, and even the museums are closed. So check in advance.|
|Wine Tours||You need to seek an appointment before visiting many vintage wine stores, especially if you are planning to visit around noon. Remember, white wines are opened only on prior appointment.|
|Beware of Pickpockets||Always be careful with your bags and luggage. Bordeaux is ill-reputed for pickpockets, especially in crowded buses.|
|When Traveling Alone||Visiting a pub or bar alone at night is not always a good idea. Do not accept a drink from a stranger.|
June to August is the best time to visit Bordeaux. Most attractions will be open at this time of the year, and the weather in Bordeaux will also be very nice. However, expect more crowds and the prices will also be higher.
If you are on a budget, you can pick another time of the year, except close to the Christmas and the New Year time.
The wine region of Bordeaux is world famous, making some of the finest products anywhere in the world. The vineyards here cover 65 designations. There are more than 7000 individual châteaux, many of which have earned the prestigious ‘Best in Wine Tourism Award’.
Bordeaux offers everything for the good life. There is shopping, food, and of course, wine. You can sniff the divine fragrance of the rich liquor across the city. Visit the giant iconic oak and glass wine museum Cité du Vin.
The lessons and articles on wine making and tasting are available in audio CDs and DVDs. There is a huge wine bar on the rooftop overlooking Boudreaux.
Do not miss the dark, deep, unique flavor of wine at the stone winery in Cascade Mountains. The owner of this cellar produces some of the finest handcrafted wines available. But remember, many big wineries and wine tasting cafes open only by prior appointment.
The Dordogne and the Garonne rivers take you through the châteaux of spectacular beauty and elegance. In Bordeaux, there are 7,380 chateaux that serve around 920 million bottles of wine in a single vintage. Every châteaux has been designed to display the finest culture of the land. You can even stay here and enjoy the delightful food offered. This may cost you around £3,195pp weekly.
|Château de Montaigne||In the Dordogne department, the majestic mansion bears a neo-renaissance flavor. Try both white and red wines. It is 54 minutes by road from Bordeaux.|
|Chateaux St. Estephe||The largest appellation of 56 different chateaux, popular for strong vintage, red wine.|
|Pauillac||Occupies the largest city in Medoc where 545,000 cases of wine are produced each year. Check the rich, tannic, full-bodied wine paired with grilled beef.|
|St Julien Chateaux||Savor the richness of the legendary drinks, Gloria and Leoville Las Cases. Get a hint of the powerful notes of smoke, earth, tobacco and truffle.|
|Margaux Bordeaux||Sensuous flavor, silky tannins. Excellent combination of food and drink. Chateau Rauzan Segla, Malescot Chateau St. Exupery, Brane Cantenac, Chateau Giscours and Chateau Marquis dAlesme are among the best producing château.|
|Pape Clement||The oldest wine producing estate known for their hospitality and diverse workshops. $266/night for 2 guests.|
|Cos d’Estournal||Asian architectural grandeur. Classic wines.|
|Maison Noble de Saint Martin||Wine tasting, wine tours and group traveling. Live the spirit of 15th century nobility.|
|Lynch bags||Widely known chateaux in Medoc estates offers spicy notes.|
|Longueville Baron||The citadel of Baron.|
|Leognan||Visit for its splendid pastoral beauty.|
The biggest and most celebrated wine city, Boudreaux, gives you the rare opportunity of arranging an exciting vin-de-table with aromatic Champagnes, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Malbec, and Merlot at the world-class breweries.