Bordeaux is one of France’s most exciting, vibrant and beautiful cities. It has really come alive in the last 15 years and is no longer a sleepy village in southern France. Over half of the city’s 18 square kilometers is UNESCO-listed, making it the largest World Heritage site. Bordeaux now has some 15 museums; including the Bordeaux wine museum and beautiful squares and mansions that date back to the time of Victor Hugo, who was even a member of the Bordeaux National Assembly.
World-class architects have also designed new buildings including the Herzog & de Meuron stadium, La Cité du Vin and the Jean-Jacques bridge to create a beautifully striking combination of historical monuments and modern design.
The city is also known for its fine cuisine. There are multiple Michelin-star restaurants including Le Chapon Fin, Pavillon and Tupiña. Bordeaux also has numerous other delicious restaurants at all price points.
Last but not least, there’s the wine! There is no area in the world more closely associated with its superb vineyards than Bordeaux. With over 100,000 vineyards, it’s a wine-lovers paradise!
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Prepare your visit to Bordeaux
When to visit Bordeaux
The peak season to visit Bordeaux is between June and August. That’s when the weather is nicest but also when the crowds are biggest. For lower rates, we recommended visiting in the spring or fall. No matter the season, you might get some rain during your trip.
How long is needed to visit Bordeaux
We recommended spending at least two full days in the city. This will give you enough time to see Bordeaux’s beautiful monuments, walk in the lovely public gardens and taste more of the local cuisine. It’s a tough city to squeeze into just one day.
If you are a wine enthusiast and want to spend some time exploring the numerous wineries in the area, three to four days is ideal.
What should I wear to visit Bordeaux
Bordeaux is a rather laid back southern town. Dresscode-wise we recommend going for a “smart casual” look.
If you are going to tour a winery we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and layers – the difference in the outside temperature and the temperature in the wine cellars can be quite impressive!
What is there to see in Bordeaux
The Water Mirror
Located in the Place de la Bordeaux, just a few minutes from the waterfront, the Water Mirror (or “Miroir d’Eau “) is a must-see in Bordeaux. It’s the largest water mirror in the world. The rhythmic changes in the 2 centimeters of water on top of the gigantic marble slab create a truly magical effect. It’s no surprise that this is the most photographed spot in the city!
The Big Bell
La Gross Cloche, or Big Bell, of Bordeaux was added to the Porte Saint-Eloi in the 15th century. It’s one of the oldest belfries in France. It was traditionally rung to warn residents of fires, foreign attacks or important events. It’s now rung on major national days of celebration like Bastille Day and Remembrance Day. The bell and surrounding 40 meter-high turrets are an impressive Bordeaux landmark.
Bordeaux public gardens
Classified as one of the France’s “Outstanding Gardens”, Bordeaux public gardens are magnificent. They’re located just a short distance from the city center and are great for families (there are swings, play areas, old-fashioned carrousels, etc.) or for a romantic stroll. Enjoy this oasis of green sculpted in the traditional French garden style.