Top attractions in Bordeaux
7 places of interest in Bordeaux
The city of Bordeaux is probably best known for its wine, but there's plenty more to savor in this city!
1. Pont de Pierre
The "stone bridge" has become a romantic symbol of Bordeaux with its hanging lanterns and the trams that pass over it several times a day!
2. Botanical Garden
With medicinal roots from the 17th century, Bordeaux's botanical gardens are still worth a visit today.
3. Wine and Trade Museum
Follow the history of Bordeaux's wine industry, starting right in its birthplace. When King Henry II of England married the French duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, the region's wine became an international affair!
4. Dune of Pilat
The Dune of Pilat, overlooking Arcachon Bay, is one of the true jewels of Atlantic Europe. Every year, visitors flock here to take in its white sands, enjoy windsurfing, and observe birds at the nearby Banc d'Arguin nature reserve.
5. Grand Theater
This theater, built in neo-classical style, now houses Bordeaux's national ballet and opera. Once, in 1871, it even played host to the French National Assembly!
6. Basilica of St. Michael
According to French lore, St. Michael was a local hero who slayed a dragon, and the story is now portrayed on the basilica's pulpit for everyone to enjoy. At 114 meters, the bell tower is the second-tallest in France.
What would a trip to Bordeaux be without a peek behind the scenes of its wine industry? Go on a tour to nearby medieval village St. Emilion and discover the rich heritage and tastes of the region's vineyards.
Planning Your Visit
French law mandates that you always have some form of government-issued ID on your person - ideally your passport.
Although in France the legal age to drink wine is 16, an exception is made in cases of wine tasting tours - younger children may indeed be permitted to take a sip. However, parents can exercise their own discretion!
Bordeaux has a good network of buses and trams. Tickets can be bought from sales offices or ticket machines at stops and may need to be validated upon boarding.
Don't forget to stay safe in the sun while you're enjoying the delights of Bordeaux. This means plenty of sunscreen, and stay in the shade around midday.
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- Best time to visit
- As a city on the Atlantic, weather is not as predictable and sudden changes can be expected. Spring and fall are the best times to visit for mild weather. Summer is busy with locals on holiday and tourists. If looking to visit wineries, avoid mid-September in which many tasting rooms are shut down for harvest time.
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What people are saying about Bordeaux
very interesting excursion into a very fascinating land of wine. saint Emilion is a very charming town, and the whole travel was worth the expense. The guide and the staff at the Chateaux were extremely professional , and it is evident that they are very passionate about their work. we learned many interesting things about the process of wine treatment and degustation, and we could not avoid buying a few bottles for ourselvbes after the trip was finished.
Très bonne activité qui nous a permis d’en connaitre un peu plus sur le vin et une guide au top sachant répondre à toutes nos questions. Également la fin, avec le pique nique accompagné et d’un bon vin comme touche finale avec la vue sur le vignoble, c’était parfait !
The guide was a great! He explained many details of the area and also about the Bordeaux wines, overall the experience was great. I totally recomend! I think a microphone during the transport in the van would be great for everybody to listen accurately.
Highly recommend afternoon for this tour; wine tasting on patio with view of valley is awesome. Good selection of wineries, and informed/considerate guide. Directions for meet-up is challenging, and more time to explore St. Emillion is needed .
Our trip was planned on one of the hottest day, but our trip guide, Morgan was very nice, helpful and informative. She really masters her job!! For a half day visit, you get most out of this package.