Destination guide

Bordeaux – France through and through

Bordeaux might just be the perfect cocktail of all things French. One part easy-going, one part chic, it's rounded off with a dash of culinary flare and some of the top wines in the country. It's also a looker, loaded with grand plazas and neoclassical buildings so opulent they'll make the eyes water. Around its UNESCO core is a ring of hip districts and parks, like bistro-buzzing Chartrons and the serene Jardin Public. Excellent museums – both modern and classic – pop up, too, while Bordeaux holiday rentals on the outskirts can mean daytrips to vineyards or poolside lazing in the foothills of Gascony.

Things to do

Tipples and art in Bordeaux

Where to begin – wine or art? Best start with culture, so you can give Rubens' Dutch masterpieces and the Titian paintings of the Musee des Beaux-Arts your full and undivided attention. Same goes for the cutting-edge works at the Musee d'Art Contemporain, housed in a colossal converted industrial warehouse. Then you can hit the tasting rooms and vineyards. The handsome Chateau d'Agassac is a good choice, offering tours of the wine cellars and fermenting rooms plus fine-dining dinners, or the historic Chateau de Pitray, perched above the Dordogne just to the west.

Activities

Bordeaux – a street scene to enthral

You don't have to take the guide book's word for it – the sheer beauty of Bordeaux's historic heart has garnered it a coveted UNESCO World Heritage tag. Hit the streets that lead from the Place de la Bourse, hopping between chic fashion outlets and wine shops and more. Near Place St-Pierre is where the roads narrow into alleys, with arcades of coffee-clinking cafes and rustic French bistros lining the way. Time for a break? Crack open a bottle of rose and pack a picnic, because the riverside parks that fringe the Garonne are the perfect spot in summer.

Weather

When Bordeaux beckons

No matter if it's a cosy inner-city pad or a luxurious Bordeaux holiday rental with a pool you're searching for, it's always going to be in higher demand in the summer months of June, July and August. That's when families flock down to the south of France during the European school breaks, seeking sun, good food and great wine. Alternative times that still have good weather are spring – in May – and autumn – in September. You could even catch the grape harvest if you opt to come later in the year.

Natural features

Wine farms and French country around Bordeaux

Bordeaux straddles the majestic Garonne River as it weaves its way towards the Atlantic coast. Some Bordeaux holiday rentals line the waterway, offering views over the pretty parks and promenades where dog walkers and strollers go by evening. Follow its route inland and you'll come to the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, covering the rolling green hills between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. It's a place of sleepy villages, canals, glowing sunflower fields and pockets of woodland. The other direction means hitting the ocean, where the hulking Dune of Pilat gives way to wave-washed surfer beaches.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Bordeaux

Fly into Bordeaux (BOD-Merignac), the closest airport, located 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Bordeaux St-Jean Station, Bordeaux-Benauge Station and Bordeaux Cauderan-Merignac Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Bordeaux by catching a ride on the metro at City Hall, Hotel de Ville Tram Station or Musee d'Aquitaine Tram Station.

Where to stay around Bordeaux?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,303 holiday lettings near Bordeaux. From 506 Houses to 61 Villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Bordeaux for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Bordeaux?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Bordeaux:

  • Downtown: 486 holiday homes
  • Chartrons: 326 holiday homes
  • Saint-Bruno - Saint-Victor: 374 holiday homes
  • Cauderan: 171 holiday homes
  • Grand Parc-Paul Doumer: 350 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Bordeaux?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Bordeaux. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Bordeaux Congress Center: 1,422 holiday lettings
  • Bordelais Park: 1,371 holiday lettings
  • Aquitaine Museum: 1,380 holiday lettings
  • Bordeaux (ZFQ-Saint-Jean SNCF Train Station): 1,389 holiday lettings
  • Bordeaux Wine School: 1,380 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Bordeaux listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bordeaux?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 506 Houses in Bordeaux. Our other popular types of Bordeaux holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 61 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 557 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 41 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Bordeaux?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 386 holiday homes with pool available in Bordeaux. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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