Just say the name, Bordeaux, and you instantly think of wine!
Bordeaux is, after all, the capital of one of the world’s premier wine producing regions, making the metro area somewhere in the region of 14.5 billion euros a year.
But wine is not the only thing that this city has to offer.
The ninth largest city in France, it is the capital of the Aquitaine region and is located in the south west of France, on the Garonne River.
Although it’s inland Bordeaux is a port city with a historical center that’s been listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Getting to the City
Just 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) outside the city, in the town of Merignac, is the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. It’s the sixth busiest in France in terms of passenger numbers and handles airlines from all over Europe, many of them operating flights throughout the year not just seasonally.
There are flights from major cities like London, Paris, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Marrakech, Oslo, Tunis, and Amsterdam, on airlines including KLM, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Tunisair, British Airways, and Air France, and during the summer you can fly from Montreal in Canada on Air Transat.
A public bus and a shuttle bus both provide transfer options from the airport into the city, or you can rent a car and drive the short distance yourself. However, parking and driving in the city itself can be a hassle with expensive parking rates and narrow streets.
Where to Stay
Bordeaux is a relatively large city but if you’re here for the main tourist attractions these are mostly concentrated around the city centre.
So choose a centrally located hotel to stay in and you should have no trouble seeing the main sights.
There are numerous hotels set around the locality of the train station, though this is by no means the only place to stay.
If you’re looking for grandeur and luxury the city certainly has hotels to suit your tastes.
Grand Hotel Bordeaux
There are some great 5 star hotels including Grand Hotel de Bordeaux and Spa which is in the heart of the historic center, opposite the Grand Theatre.
This really is a magnificent hotel with all the features you would expect.
Close by is the 4 star rated Hotel de Seze, another good option for a centrally located hotel.
An other great hotel is Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux, also in the city center.