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

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

Meriadeck

Known for Dining, Shopping, Walking

4/5(3 reviews)

Whether you want fine art, shopping, shaded walks, skating or a cemetery tour, fill your days in this diverse neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Bordeaux

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
4 out of 5
17 Allée de Rio, Bordeaux, Gironde
CA $117
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock School Barbey and St. Michael Basilica. Grosse Cloche and Place de la Victoire ...

4.4/5Excellent! (384 reviews)

"The property was located closely to the main station is was bright, modern and beautiful. The staff were very pleasant and friendly and the room was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
3 out of 5
27 rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux, Gironde
CA $101
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Parliament Square and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Place de la Bourse and Maison du Vin de Bordeaux are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (697 reviews)

"Convenient downtown hotel, lots of restaurants close by"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 4, 2019

Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Mériadeck
ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Mériadeck
2 out of 5
37 COURS DU MARECHAL JUIN, Bordeaux
CA $64
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

Located in Meriadeck, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedrale St. Andre and Aquitaine Museum. St. Seurin Basilica and Grosse Cloche are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (320 reviews)

"Well-located, clean and the staff were very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 4, 2019

ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Mériadeck

Popular things to do in Bordeaux

Aquitaine Museum
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Aquitaine Museum

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Follow the story of Bordeaux and the surrounding region at this museum, where exhibits span from prehistory through to the present day.

Place de la Bourse
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Place de la Bourse

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Explore this photogenic riverside square, which is bordered by two grand neoclassical palaces and features a spectacular fountain at its center.

Place de la Victoire
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Place de la Victoire

4.5/5(23 reviews)

A gateway to the rest of the city, this bustling square in Bordeaux's student quarter is home to classical monuments and stylish restaurants.

Place des Quinconces
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Place des Quinconces

4.5/5(23 reviews)

The biggest square in France, this plaza hosts festivals, concerts and markets and features monuments dedicated to famous writers.

St. Michael Basilica
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St. Michael Basilica

4.5/5(25 reviews)

A freestanding bell tower with a ghoulish history is what draws most people to this landmark, but the large Gothic church here is equally impressive.

Cathedrale St. Andre
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Cathedrale St. Andre

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Marvel at panoramic views of the city and reflect in the peaceful nave at this iconic religious building, the seat of the Archdiocese of Bordeaux.

Top activities in Bordeaux

Grand Cru Château & Saint-Emilion Visit From Bordeaux
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Grand Cru Château & Saint-Emilion Visit From Bordeaux

CA $102

Discover Saint-Émilion as you sip and swoosh your way through an elegant winetasting. Listen to a connoisseur describe the flavors your palette is experiencing, and learn to detect subtle notes. Your guide provides rich stories about the history and importance of this lovely region.

Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion

CA $137

Go on an unforgettable winetasting adventure in charming Saint-Émilion. Discover the extraordinary wine heritage and history of this ancient town and join a winetasting class in 2 beautiful chateaux. Learn more about wine while tasting delicious French delicacies.

Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux
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Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux

CA $182

Take a journey in to the Saint Emilion wine region, where merlot is the dominant form of grape. Learn all about production of this particular varietal and take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy tastings at a selection of vintage wineries.

Wine Tasting Class
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Wine Tasting Class

CA $71

Improve your skills while visiting one of the world's largest wine-producing regions and gain a thorough understanding of wine varieties and how to taste them. Join a sampling and blending workshop, discover your wine profile, and create your very own cuvée (blend).

Great Cabernets of the Medoc Wine Day Tour From Bordeaux
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Great Cabernets of the Medoc Wine Day Tour From Bordeaux

CA $176

Embark on a wine tour full of discovery and robust flavors. Delight in the variety of samples that include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and malbec. This wine region has strict rules on the types of wine they are allowed to cultivate, resulting in a high quality which you're sure to appreciate.

Bordeaux by night
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Bordeaux by night

CA $131

Several stops will be made during this tour to contemplate the city at night and admire the most beautiful monuments magnificently illuminated. On the occasion of one of these stops your driver will uncork a magnificent bottle of white wine to taste.

Reviews of Bordeaux

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 19, 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

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!

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 24, 2019

Beautiful historic city. Excellent food. Great shopping.

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