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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

Cathedrale St. Andre showing night scenes, a city and a river or creek

Meriadeck

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Patinoire Meriadeck while getting to know Meriadeck, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Meriadeck Tram Station or Hotel de Police Tram Station to see more of the area.

Meriadeck

Top Hotels in Bordeaux

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
4 out of 5
17 Allée de Rio, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is CA $130 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Bordeaux Sud, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rock School Barbey, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Place de la Bourse. Grand Theater Opera National ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (584 reviews)
Bordeaux Hilton

"Great trip. Hotel is 5-10 mins walk from the easy to use and good value tram system. Hotel staff were friendly and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Novotel Bordeaux Lac
Novotel Bordeaux Lac
4 out of 5
Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is CA $126 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

This family-friendly Bordeaux hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Bordeaux Congress Center, Barriere Casino Theatre and Bordeaux Exhibition ...

4.1/5Very Good! (645 reviews)

"Great hotel with outdoor pool which we really appreciated in the hot weather. Good location close to tram for easy access into Bordeaux. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Room comfortable and cleaned daily. Good variety of breakfast. Ate dinner in restauratant one evening but was not impressed ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2020

Novotel Bordeaux Lac
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
5 out of 5
2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $417 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place des Quinconces. Pey Berland ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (284 reviews)

"Nice , clean and nice staff. Best location in Bordeaux"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2020

Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bordeaux

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Bordeaux Aéroport Mérignac
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Bordeaux Aéroport Mérignac
3 out of 5
The price is CA $71 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 8

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly residence is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Circuit Bordeaux Merignac and within 6 miles (10 km) of Zoo Bordeaux-Pessac and ...

3.8/5Good! (380 reviews)
Nice overnight choice very close to airport

"Very nice short overnight stay. Arrived late to airport with kids so this hotel was a 5min taxi ride away. The room was able to cater for 4 of us together. Staff were very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2020

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Bordeaux Aéroport Mérignac
Residhome Bordeaux
Residhome Bordeaux
3 out of 5
87 Quai Bacalan, Bordeaux
The price is CA $91 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Quartier du Lac, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Chaban Delmas Bridge and The City of Wine. Place de la Bourse and Rue Sainte-Catherine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (339 reviews)
Very good!

"Very nice rooms (new and clean). Friendly staff. Location is ok with tram really close. Just remember that you need to pay extra for each day you want the room cleaned."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2020

Residhome Bordeaux
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Bordeaux-Bègles
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Bordeaux-Bègles
3 out of 5
256 avenue du Marechal Leclerc, Begles, Gironde
The price is CA $71 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Begles, this residence is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sacre Coeur Church, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Place de la Bourse. Grand Theater Opera National ...

4/5Very Good! (573 reviews)
Good place, parking and quiet and spacious!

"Great place to stay, comfortable, large rooms, quiet too!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 3, 2019

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Bordeaux-Bègles
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bordeaux

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Oct 19, 2019

Love Bordeaux! Second time there and want to go back!

3/5 - Okay

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Sep 13, 2019

Very big and busy. Restaurants don't serve food in the early evening when we like to eat. They only serve drinks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 30, 2019

I love this city!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Aug 15, 2019

I didn’t see enough to form an opinion.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 12, 2019

Nice wine, buildings and bistrots. Really nice people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 21, 2019

Ok. I am not really impressed with big cities.

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