Bordeaux

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World-class wine, medieval castles, expansive coastline, and rich gastronomy make Bordeaux one of France’s most seductive regions.
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Regional Highlights

Dordogne Valley

An hour outside of Bordeaux, the verdant hills and picturesque rivers of the Dordogne valley offer medieval hilltop villages and prehistoric sites. See spectacular prehistoric paintings Lascaux and Rouffignac caves. Imposing medieval castles, like ... Show More »An hour outside of Bordeaux, the verdant hills and picturesque rivers of the Dordogne valley offer medieval hilltop villages and prehistoric sites. See spectacular prehistoric paintings Lascaux and Rouffignac caves. Imposing medieval castles, like ...

An hour outside of Bordeaux, the verdant hills and picturesque rivers of the Dordogne valley offer medieval hilltop villages and prehistoric sites. See spectacular prehistoric paintings Lascaux and Rouffignac caves. Imposing medieval castles, like the Château de Beynac-et-Cazenac, dot the landscape. Many were erected during the Hundred Years’ War, and offer stunning panoramas of the winding river and hilltops below. The 13th-century fortified Monpazier is recognized as one of France’s most beautiful villages. It’s a pleasure to eat in Dordogne. Duck is a staple.The region’s famous black truffle is sold at markets from December to February. The region is also popular for kayaking, hiking, and outdoor activities.

Bordeaux Vineyards

One of the world’s preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts 120,000 hectares (463 square miles) of vineyards. Its thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wine, from deep reds to sparkling whites. A couple of its ... Show More »One of the world’s preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts 120,000 hectares (463 square miles) of vineyards. Its thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wine, from deep reds to sparkling whites. A couple of its ...

One of the world’s preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts 120,000 hectares (463 square miles) of vineyards. Its thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wine, from deep reds to sparkling whites. A couple of its subregions are particularly noteworthy.

UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint-Émilion is surrounded by prestigious Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Multiple of the town’s châteaux have achieved the prestigious status of grand cru. The winding cobblestone streets and Medieval architecture impress. 

The coastal Médoc sub-region’s Route des Châteaux is sublime. Brimming with grand cru wineries and decadent châteaux, it features 8 appellations of controlled origin wines and some of France’s elite wine producers.

Arcachon Bay

The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. Most foreigners never make it, that’s a mistake. The elegant belle epoque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a ... Show More »The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. Most foreigners never make it, that’s a mistake. The elegant belle epoque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a ...

The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. Most foreigners never make it, that’s a mistake. The elegant belle epoque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a favorite of the French. The largest sand dune in Europe, the Dune de Pilat, is an impressive site with even better views from the top. Don’t forget to try oysters.

Bordeaux in Depth

World-class wine, medieval castles, expansive coastline, and rich gastronomy make Bordeaux one of France’s most seductive regions.

Get to know Bordeaux

While it’s best-known for its fine wine, charming Bordeaux has a lot to offer beyond grapes and wine tastings. Its architecture, with spacious avenues and alluring classical facades, begs to be explored. In the summer, you’ll see people cooling off in Europe’s largest reflective pool, the Miroir d’Eau. It is a striking place to take photos. The Rue Sainte Catherine, three-quarter mile long (1.2 km) pedestrian shopping street, offers shopping ranging from niche boutiques to high-end designers. For authentic Bordeaux stop by the iconic Les Capucins food market. The food scene in Bordeaux is incredible. Oysters from the neighboring Arcachon Bay are considered some of the best in the world. The region is famous for its seafood. Gascony, the surrounding rural inland, is famous for foie gras and menus heavily feature duck. Canelés, a small rum and vanilla-flavored pastry with a caramelized crust, is a popular local speciality. 

Wine-aficionados will come here to visit world-famous châteaux in the countryside. They may also be interested in Bordeau’s La Cité du Vin, which was inaugurated in 2016. Overlooking the Garonne River, this wine museum is an architectural attraction in and of itself. Come for a visit to learn about and taste wine.

When To Go

The best time to visit is from April to October. The spring and fall months are lovely, with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. July and August is high season and can be warm. The grapes are harvested in September. Bordeaux has a temperate climate, but winters can be cool and wet.

Logistics

By Plane:

Bordeaux’s airport has direct connection to many European capitals. 

By Train:

The TGV connects Paris to Bordeaux in only 2.5 hours. 

By Car:

By car the journey from Paris to Bordeaux takes about 6 hours.

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