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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

Bordeaux featuring heritage architecture and theater scenes

Bordeaux City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(106 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux while getting to know Bordeaux City Centre, and be sure to check out the lively bars. You can hop aboard the metro at Gambetta Tram Station or Grand Theatre Tram Station to see more of the area.

Bordeaux City Centre
Cap Sciences featuring cycling

Chartrons

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Cap Sciences and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Chartrons. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Emile Counord Tram Station or Grand Parc Tram Station.

Chartrons
Notre Dame Church showing heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Bordeaux Golden Triangle

5/5Exceptional!(42 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Bordeaux Golden Triangle for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Rue Sainte-Catherine and Notre Dame Church. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Grand Theatre Tram Station.

Bordeaux Golden Triangle
Cap Sciences featuring cycling

Quartier du Lac

3.5/5Good!(21 area reviews)

Noted for its lake views and bars, there's plenty to explore in Quartier du Lac. Top attractions like Barriere Casino Theatre and Aushopping Bordeaux Lac are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Claveau Tram Station or Brandenburg Tram Station to see more of the city.

Quartier du Lac
Bordeaux which includes food

Saint-Michel

2/5(2 area reviews)

Discover Saint-Michel, memorable for its restaurants. Popular attractions in Saint-Michel include St. Michael Basilica and Marche des Capucins, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Saint-Michel Tram Station.

Saint-Michel
Cap Sciences featuring signage

Bassins a Flot

The restaurants and museums are just a few things visitors like about Bassins a Flot. The City of Wine and Cap Sciences are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Bassins A Flot Tram Station or Rue Achard Tram Station to get around the larger area.

Bassins a Flot

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
¥9,474
per night
Apr 18 - Apr 19

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (515 reviews)

"Lovely hotel very stylish decor. Excellent breakfast and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare
Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare
34 Rue De Tauzia, Bordeaux, Gironde

Located in Bordeaux Sud, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rock School Barbey, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and Place de la Victoire. Place de la Bourse and ...

2.8/5 (1,180 reviews)
Home from home

"Very good hotel and great staff would advise anyone to stay here I am booked to stay here for a further two weeks well done"…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare
Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean Euratlantique
Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean Euratlantique
3 out of 5
28 Rue Charles Domercq, Bordeaux, Gironde
¥8,633
per night
Apr 25 - Apr 26

This family-friendly Bordeaux hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock School Barbey, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and Place de la Victoire. Place de ...

4.1/5Very Good! (228 reviews)
Bordeaux

"Good location close to train and transportation to the airport Short walk to see the main sites of the town"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean Euratlantique

Popular things to do in Bordeaux

Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux
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Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux

4.5/5(58 reviews)

As with many stately buildings that dominate their space, this one has a superb presence. Tour this magnificent building and enjoy one of its performances.

Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Rue Sainte-Catherine

4.5/5(63 reviews)

If you love to shop, this French street has great appeal. People watch as you have a drink or meal. The street seems to have a life of its own. 

Place de la Bourse
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Place de la Bourse

4.5/5(114 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(59 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.

The City of Wine
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The City of Wine

4.5/5(58 reviews)

You can spend time studying the exhibits at The City of Wine during your travels in Bordeaux. Discover the area's shops, or seek out its local tours.

Jardin Public
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Jardin Public

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Stroll around the lawns of this public park and enjoy the tranquil environment. Then explore its cultural and culinary attractions.

Top activities in Bordeaux

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

94% of travellers recommend
¥8,890
Per adult
Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion

92% of travellers recommend
¥11,307
Per adult
Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux
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Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux

94% of travellers recommend
¥14,816
Per adult
Saint-Emilion : Village, Châteaux and wine tasting
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Saint-Emilion : Village, Châteaux and wine tasting

¥10,478
Per adult
Wine Tasting Class
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Wine Tasting Class

100% of travellers recommend
¥5,894
Per adult
Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Médoc Region
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Médoc Region

96% of travellers recommend
¥11,307
Per adult

Reviews of Bordeaux

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 67.37288135593221%
4 - Good
61
4 - Good 25.847457627118644%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 5.508474576271187%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.271186440677966%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

DSS0511

Feb 17, 2020

Loved it here!!! Will definitely be back!

4/5 - Good

John

Feb 1, 2020

Bordeaux is a great town

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Nice city but not a destination I’d go out of my way to see again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Bordeaux is a much larger city than I thought it would be. My two day stay did not give me enough time to see it all. We walked everywhere. Our favorite place we visited was the Cité du Vin - perfect place to learn about win making history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

My favorite city of this trip. !!! I fell in love with Bordeaux.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

One grey city. We expected for more beauty towards the christmas....and were disappointed

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