Explore Bordeaux and the region
Once nicknamed 'the Sleeping Beauty', the Gironde city is now a vibrant, busy city with a host of things to see and do. Whether it's art, history or wine you're interested in, Bordeaux has something to appeal to every visitor that comes her way. Head to Bordeaux for a weekend getaway or longer stay!
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The water mirror, Bordeaux's latest landmark
The Place de la Bourse lies on the banks of the Garonne. Surrounded by 18th-century buildings, the square is now famous for its water mirror, the biggest in the world at a whopping 3,450 m²! The surrounding buildings are reflected on its surface, especially at night, when the lights are turned on. It is certainly worth a visit.
Doze off in the public garden
If there's one place we'd recommend for a quick nap, it's the public garden. Created in 1746, this arboretum is a listed 'remarkable garden'. Little bridges, a carousel, playgrounds, ponds and lawns make this spot the perfect break from the city bustle. Children especially will be enchanted by the old Guignol Guérin puppet theatre. Treat yourself to a ticket to Bordeaux and a chance to chill in style!
Bordeaux's most famous export
The Cité du Vin is a unique experience for the senses, featuring a trail that walks you through wine history and production. The highlight of the tour is a wine-tasting session at the venue's belvedere. The top floor offers a 360-degree view of Bordeaux. So much more than a museum, the Cité is a lively hub of activity, hosting debates and discussions, exhibitions and workshops...
Aux Quatre Coins du Vin
A stone's throw away from the Place du Parlement and the Saint-Pierre church, Aux Quatre Coins du Vin is an absolute find. Use your pre-paid card to choose your glass size and wine. A sommelier is on hand to point you in the right direction. Add a platter of cured meats, cheeses and foie gras to set off the wines.
Gourmet delights at the Pressoir d’Argent
Bordeaux is renowned for its many restaurants. In the mood for a spot of fine-dining? The Pressoir d’Argent is the place to be. The Grand Hôtel's restaurant awaits in the Place de la Comédie, one of Bordeaux's most stunning squares. Expect Aquitaine caviar, Périgord truffles and Landes asparagus lovingly prepared by the chef with mouth-watering results. The dishes here strike the perfect balance between tradition and originality.
Cannelé cake - a Bordeaux speciality
It would be a crime to leave town without trying a cannelé, the city's ultimate speciality. These small rum cakes are traditionally baked in copper moulds. Cannelés are soft and moist on the inside, and lightly caramelised on the outside, and are perfect for dessert or a tea-time treat. They're everywhere you look, even at the airport gate!
Its proximity to the sea gives Bordeaux first dibs on the freshest fish and seafood. Make the most of a stay in the region to sample delicious Arcachon oysters. Whether you order a plate in a restaurant or fresh at an oyster farmer's hut, don't miss out.
Saint-Émilion, in the midst of wine country
The charming village of Saint-Émilion is just 40 kilometres from Bordeaux. Explore this medieval town's old stone walls, churches and the Tour du Roy, before moving on to the UNESCO-listed Saint-Émilion vineyard. The vines here yield the grapes used in one of the world's most famous wines.
Lose yourself in gorgeous Médoc
There's so much to do in Médoc, it's difficult to know where to start. Take to the châteaux trail to soak up the landscape and venture deeper into the vineyards to sample some exceptional wines. Hug the Atlantic coast and make your way down to the sea for a dip, or hop on a cruise up the estuary.
Arcachon Bay, a surprising gem
Arcachon Bay is just an hour's drive away from Bordeaux. Famed for its oysters, the bay is also home to the Landes beaches, the Cap Ferret lighthouse and the world-renowned Dune du Pilat! Scramble up its 110 metres, then enjoy a boat trip out to sea to take in the bay in all its glory.
The call of the surf
Bordeaux is minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, and it would be a shame to leave without dipping your toe in. Lay down your towel and kick back on the beach. This is a surfing paradise, with the Gironde and Landes regions crammed full of amazing spots like Lacanau and Biscarrosse.
History and gourmet delicacies in Périgord
Châteaux, caves, villages and grottos are everywhere you look in Périgord. This ancient county is steeped in thousands of years of history, and the region is perfect for stumbling upon secret beauty spots tucked away in breath-taking landscapes. Périgord is also full of fine-dining stop-offs and gourmet experiences.
In the footsteps of our prehistoric ancestors
The Vézère Valley is home to a priceless crown jewel: the Lascaux cave. Its walls are adorned with prehistoric paintings you can examine in detail at the Lascaux II cave. This is an exact replica of the original cave created to ensure the latter remains perfectly preserved.
The beauties of the Basque country
From rolling green hills to windswept seascapes, the Basque country is a thousand different vistas in one. An array of activities await here: Surfing, hiking, via ferratas, horse-riding trips, Larrun mountain-climbing, and more. Embark on day trips to Bayonne and Biarritz, the Basque country's iconic cities.
Out in the fresh ocean air
Wander under the arches, marvel at the opulent mansions and the Maison Henri II, admire the Great Clock Tower and the port's three towers. La Rochelle exudes a quiet, nonchalant simplicity. Just two hours away from Bordeaux, this coastal city is an invitation to slow down and kick back in the old port.