If you’re in love with France, its colourful history, fairytale castles and great cuisine, then the city of Bordeaux is made just for you. It’s one of the most dynamic, exciting and lively cities of France, especially today, after a total remodel. A lot of places are turned into pedestrian zones, the architecture is restored and its public transport is renewed. Many contemporary and high-tech additions now grace the city’s landscape, which makes Bordeaux a perfect blend of modern and traditional design, habits and way of life. If you ever find yourself in this part of France, here’s a little guide that will help you experience Bordeaux to the fullest.
Heaven for wine enthusiasts
Ah, there’s no place for wine lovers like France. So, no matter if you only started drinking wine a few days ago or if you’re an old vino aficionado, Bordeaux will be super interesting and educational for you. One of the best places to start your wine journey is probably La Cité du Vin, a one-of-a-kind wine theme park. It’s an amazing piece of contemporary architecture that holds everything wine-related from vine cultivation and wine production to wine trends and celebrities in the industry. Of course, you’ll get to have a glass of wine in the process. If you want a more traditional wine-tasting experience, visit Château Lynch-Bages, one of the best Médoc wineries in the world, but La Cité du Vin is really fun and educational, so don’t skip it.
Something for food lovers
You know what they say: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, when in Bordeaux….you know the rest. So, don’t forget to experience one of the classic Bordeaux things to do and miss a Saturday market visit. For instance, market Marché des Capucins will offer you a great weekend experience and a lot or lunch opportunities, especially if you love seafood and fresh oysters. Every market in this amazing city will get you drooling for fresh fruit, veggies, meats and especially cheese (buy some and enjoy as a snack!). If all these sights make you hungry, just pop into one of the local restaurants for a tasty, authentic French meal. Think foie gras, egg cassoullette, tripe, young lamb or delicious turkey. Finish off with Cannelé stuffed with ice cream (a true speciality of Bordeaux) and don’t hesitate to top it all off with some tasty wine.
A treat for the architects
If you love to treat your eyes and camera to some stunning photographs of castles, fountains and other beautiful architectural wonders, then you’ll love Bordeaux. In fact, Bordeaux is often described as a historic city that happens to be inhabited. It was built during the age of Enlightenment and now takes the number two spot as a city with the most protected buildings in France. Only a short drive from the city, you can find many prestigious châteaux and taste many wines (if you think this will not affect your photography abilities). If the main reason you’re in Bordeaux is architecture and wine, then you might want to book one of the exciting Bordeaux wine tours that will take you through Loire Valley, Cognac, Bordeaux and Dordogne. You’ll have guided tours of the most famous castles and experience wine tastings in best wineries of the region.
The nightlife is no joke
If you want to get to know the city by night and experience its wild side, wander through the streets of the place de la Victoire, place du Parlement, place Gambetta or quai de Paludate, that are filled with bars, restaurants and clubs, some open until the early morning hours. Party animals will love Bordeaux and its chill vibe.
Bordeaux really has it all: good food and drinks, amazing architecture, and diverse nightlife. This makes it the perfect destination for people of all ages and lifestyles since everybody is bound to find something they love in this beautiful southern city. Bordeaux is expecting you, so come and have the time of your life.