Bordeaux travel guide

Bordeaux in France

The city of Bordeaux is located southwest of Paris, built along the River Garrone and at a distance of 98 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the leading agricultural areas in France, with products such as grains, fruits and vegetables, and the worldwide known Bordeaux wines. Built during the age of the Enlightment, the port city of Bordeaux, also known as Port of the Moon, is inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage, for its outstanding blend of urban and architectural character. With the exception of Paris, Bordeaux is the city with the most protected buildings in France.

Wine Tours & Wine Tasting

Bordeaux is the largest wine-producing region in France. Thanks to the diversity of its soils, the wide range of grape varieties and the optimum climate, these famous eight vineyards produce wines that are classified among the world's most popular.

  • Château Haut Brion
  • Château Lafite Rothschild
  • Château Latour
  • Château Margaux
  • Château Mouton Rothschild
  • Château Ausone
  • Château Cheval Blanc
  • Château Petrus

For the wine lovers, there are regular happenings, such as the Bordeaux wine tours & wine degustation in these prestigious Chateaux. Tours are available through many operators, but since places can be quite limited, it is advisable to make reservations well in advance. During these tours, the visitor can enjoy wine tasting and the beautiful sceneries.

Places to visit

  • L' Esplanade des Quinconces, a 12-acre square and one of the largest in Europe, which features the statues of Montesquieu and Michel de Montaigne, as well as an immense monument to commemorate the Girondists that were executed during the French Revolution

Monuments and Museums to visit

  • La Cathédrale Saint-André, a typical Gothic Cathedral built in 1096 and specified as a historical monument in UNESCO's World Heritage List
  • Le Grand Théâtre, built during the period 1773–1780 based on a neo-classical Greek style, features twelve majestic columns of the Corinthian architectural style. The statues found at the top of these columns are the Nine Muses and three goddesses from the Greek Mythology.This magnificent theatre can accommodate an audience of 1,114 spectators.
  • Musée d'Aquitaine; the original museum opened in 1783 and engaged mainly in history, archaeology and ethnography in 1862. It has four floors with specimens from the prehistoric times until the Gallo-Roman era. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 until 18:00.
  • Musée d'Art Contemporain; a world-leading artists exhibition that has been collected since 1973 and became an organised museum of Modern Art in 1984. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 until 18:00.

Food and Drinks to taste

  • L'égouttoir recouvert de jeune chèvre avec la sauce bordelaise; crusted rack of young goat with bordelaise sauce
  • Escargots avec le beurre d'ail; snails dressed with a garlic butter sauce. Plump snails fed on leaves and served in garlic butter with crème fraîche on toast
  • Entrecôte à la Bordelaise; rib of beef in a red wine sauce. This is a tender prime beef cut served with the classic Bordelaise sauce of red wine, herbs and bone marrow
  • the world famous Bordeaux wines

Map of Bordeaux with accommodations

The blue markers shows the location of various accommodations in Bordeaux. The letter in the marker describes the accommodation types: H for Hotel, A for Apartment, R for Resort, B for Bed & Breakfast and O for Other (e.g. pension, villa). Click on the blue marker for more information on the accommodation.