The capital of Aquitaine is well known as a wine paradise, but there’s more to this city and its surroundings than the vin. Bordeaux holidays have so much to offer, including beautiful chateaus, rolling countryside, beaches, café culture and sightseeing. Many visitors to Bordeaux stay in the city, exploring the old town, markets, museums and galleries. In fact, the city has so much to offer culturally and architecturally that it was recently made a UNESCO world heritage site. Others who take their holidays in Bordeaux head out of town to discover beaches, vineyards and valleys. Whether it’s a city break in Bordeaux itself, or a rural retreat, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular place to holiday.
On Bordeaux holidays, you’re really spoilt for things to do. In the city itself, there’s some impressive sightseeing to be done: the views from the cathedral’s bell tower are sublime, for a start. Then there are the museums, dedicated to traditional crafts, modern art and of course, wine. The architecture here is stunning, especially at the Notre Dame Church and the Place Royale. Don’t miss the law courts; they’re built in a unique design inspired by the shape of wine vats. For green space and long walks, head to one of the city’s rich botanic gardens. A drive away from the city itself, you’ll find unspoilt beaches, oyster shacks and cycle paths. Inland, it’s seemingly endless vineyards peppered with charming villages.
As you’d expect from a city, Bordeaux has plenty to offer in the way of nightlife. From performances at the breathtaking Opera House to late night clubs, there really is something for everyone.
Eating out is one of the joys of holidaying in this part of the world. First up, the wine: go on a tour of a vineyard and see how it is made, before trying it for yourself. Locally produced wine is abundant here, which means it can also be very affordable, too. When it comes to eating out, you’re spoilt for choice with restaurants serving up French cuisine, many with outdoor terraces. And because Bordeaux is a port town, the fresh seafood here is excellent. There are over 800 restaurants in Bordeaux and as well as those offering local specialities, you’ll find everything from Japanese to Italian to contemporary cuisine.