Bordeaux. The wine, the food, the Châteaux – this southwestern region of France was recently voted the country’s best city to live in. It’s no wonder why, the city itself is packed with things to do and the nearby regions of Saint Emilion and Medoc are also incredible to visit.
BORDEAUX FRANCE – MAY 2014: Chateau Palmer – one of the most famous winemakers in France at a cloudless day
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Visiting Wineries in the Bordeaux Area
Bordeaux is famous around the globe for the amazing wine produced there. The surrounding regions of Saint Emilion and Medoc are also home to hundreds of wineries, or Châteaux, that you can visit. Enjoy a tasting or simply take in the breathtaking architecture of the buildings. You can organize a trip along one of the “Wine Trails” if you want to visit multiple wineries or go for a tasting in the city if you’re pressed for time.
The country code for France is 33. While in Bordeaux, if calling from a non-French number, make sure add the country code before dialing your number. If you need to contact emergency services, dial 15 for medical help, 17 for the police and 18 for the fire department.
French mobile phone numbers start with either 06 or 07 while landlines begin with 01 or 09. Customer service numbers often start with 08 and cost extra, so watch out!
SIM Card & Wifi in Bordeaux Area
Mobile service providers in France include Orange, SFR and Free. Roaming charges can be quite steep so you’re probably best off renting or buying a local cell phone card during your travels in Bordeaux. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
How to Travel around the Bordeaux Area
Traveling around Bordeaux is simple. You can choose from the high speed train, local bus networks or renting a car. We do recommend renting a car if you’re able to, you’ll have more flexibility and can visit some of the region’s hidden gems. If you’re having some trouble planning your transportation options, no need to fret! Check out our dedicated article for tips on how to travel around the Bordeaux region.
Post Box in France
If you want to send a souvenir or postcard back home, stop by the French post office, or La Poste. The French post office has a reputation for being closed often so make sure to check opening hours. Offices are closed on Sundays and Saturday afternoons in smaller towns and villages.
If you already have postage, simply drop your letter or postcard into one of the bright yellow post boxes you’ll find in all cities, towns and villages.
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