Bordeaux, and the surrounding Aquitaine region, is an ideal destination for a relaxing vacation. There are of course tons of wine-related activities. Treat yourself to a tasting and workshop at one of the world famous Château and learn about this ancient tradition that is Bordeaux’s claim to fame.
Despite it being the wine capital of the world, not all activities and attractions are necessarily wine-related. With over 100 kilometers of pristine coastline, an exciting local culinary scene and history that dates back to the 6th century, there is plenty to do and see in the region. Bordeaux also has a rich cultural landscape and robust nightlife, with the Saint Pierre neighborhood at the epicenter. You can purchase your Bordeaux Metropole City pass for 48 or 72 hours here!
We’ve come up with a list of our favorite activities in Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and the Medoc region. From canoeing, historical walking tours to wine and cheese tasting, there is something for everyone!
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What is special about the Bordeaux area
Bordeaux is at the center of the largest (120,000 hectares) and some of the oldest vineyards in the world. With over 8,000 wine producing Châteaux, there is no escaping wine and wine-related business when visiting, it’s part of the region’s identity. Visit or taste some of the famous appellations of Médoc, Pessac Léognan, Saint-Emilion and Lalande de Pomerol during your trip.
Bordeaux has been crowned by multiple culinary publications as the next big food destination in France. The city is home to an impressive selection of restaurants, including three Michelin-star establishments. There is an abundance of fresh seafood, steak à la bordelaise and of course classic canelés. Bordeaux is also known to be a culinary innovative city. Modern, fusion bistros with original dishes can be found all around town.
As the world’s largest UNESCO heritage site, the history of Bordeaux can’t be overlooked. The first traces of permanent human settlement in the region date back to the 6th century! The city started to gain in importance during Roman times, when the first vineyards were planted there. Bordeaux has played an important role throughout history.