Bordeaux is an important port city on the southwest coast of France. It has some elegant neo-classical architecture along wide tree-lined boulevards and a magnificent 11th century cathedral. It is a popular tourist destination, known for its wineries, museums and many attractions. A holiday home in Bordeaux is a wonderful way to enjoy the French way of life whilst exploring this beautiful region.
Visit the Museums
There are a host of interesting museums and art galleries around your Bordeaux holiday apartment to suit all tastes. The Musée d'Aquitaine is all about the region's wine trade. Other cultural attractions include the Natural History Museum (Musée d'Histoire Naturelle) next to the Jardin Publique, and the highly acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Art.
Visit the Beach
Many Bordeaux holiday homes are within easy reach of the Bay of Biscay with its sandy beaches and seaside attractions.
The centre of Bordeaux is easy to walk around with its many independent shops and department stores such as Galeries Lafayette. Rue St. Catherine is the busiest shopping street running for more than 1km or visit the Cours de L’Intendance for high-class designer boutiques.
This enormous battleship features guided tours from the engine rooms and kitchens to the hospital and Admiral’s quarters. It is docked at the Quai des Chartons. It was one of France’s largest battleships and was only removed from active service in 1991.
Palais de la Bourse
The palais is a magnificent building overlooking Bordeaux's winding River Garonne. It was once the Stock Exchange and now houses the Chamber of Commerce. Guided tours of this lovely building are well worth taking.
Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace)
This grand and historic building now serves as the town hall. It was built for the Archbishops of Bordeaux and dates back to the Middle Ages. Guided tours are offered in french.
Jardin Public and Jardin Botanique
This centrally located park is perfectly situated for peaceful walks amidst the colourful gardens around the huge lake.
Bordeaux has a temperate climate influenced by the warm Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean. From March to May the weather is pleasantly warm with rain showers. Summers are hot and mainly dry, reaching 28°C (82°F). From September to November temperatures are warm with more rain showers. Winter breaks are also possible with average temperatures a mild 11°C (52°F).
Bordeaux Merignac (BOD) Airport is the main airport serving the Gironde area of Aquitaine. The airport is just 12km from the centre of Bordeaux and is served by many major European airlines.