Bordeaux is a city with a special cozy atmosphere, the best wines in France and beautiful botanical gardens. Among the points that you should definitely fulfill are: climb the San Michel tower to see the most fascinating panoramas, take a walk along the Aquitaine bridge in the old harbor at sunset, dine in local restaurants with a glass of the legendary burgundy. It is worth visiting the Public Gardens just to see the beauty. By the way, grabbing a little food, you can arrange a real picnic, every third person does it here. It will be no less interesting to visit one of the wineries located in the vicinity and learn about all the intricacies of the preparation and storage of wine. Such programs can take a couple of hours, or even a whole day. But the tasting at the end is definitely worth it.
International Airport Bordeaux-Merignac ( Bordeaux International, of Merignac Airport then ) - download scheme IATA code: the BOD Location: 10 km from Bordeaux Official website: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr Background: +33 5 56 34 50 50
The following car rental companies operate at Bordeaux Airport: Budget, InterRent, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Firefly, GoldCar, Enterprise, Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are 4 parking zones near the airport: in zone No. 1 - the first 15 minutes are free, in zone No. 2 - the first 30 minutes are free. The full tariff schedule is presented on the airport website.
Place Pey Berland cathedrale-bordeaux.fr
Having rented a car, go see the main temple in the region, which is a unique example of Gothic architecture. Built in the XIII-XIV centuries, the shrine is distinguished by lancet belfries, magnificent facades of unusually high, but at the same time narrow stained-glass windows. At the entrance of tourists met majestic statues of gargoyles, stone sockets. Inside, the 124-meter nave, made in the Gothic style, a 15-meter organ dating from the beginning of the 19th century, impresses. Having examined the beauty of the main building, it’s worth a glimpse into the nearby belfry, take courage to overcome the 233 steps leading to the terrace. From there, unforgettable views of Bordeaux.
20 Cours Pasteur www.musee-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr
One of the main places where you can find out the whole history of the northern region of France is the Aquitaine Museum. Here are more than 70,000 exhibits dating from different periods. The most ancient belong to 25 millennium BC. During the tour you will be able to see the most incredible artifacts: the image of Venus carved in stone, a facsimile of a cave painting with deers from Lasko caves, funeral steles, a sculptural image of Eleanor of Aquitaine, ceramics, and jewelry.
The Water Mirror square is one of the most spectacular places that you should definitely see while walking around Bordeaux. Thanks to the efforts of architects and engineers, it seems that the sky and earth are changing places, and the buildings, plunging into a thick fog, seem to be completely turned over. A particularly spectacular event occurs at dusk, when the main buildings of Bordeaux, skillfully illuminated by thousands of lights, are reflected in the water.
The construction of the Basilica of Saint-Michel began in the XIV century and lasted about two centuries. No wonder today it is considered one of the most pompous in Aquitaine. After examining the exterior composition of lancet arches, gothic rosettes and spiers, look inside. No less enthusiastic emotions will be produced by a carved wood altar dating from the 17th century, a sculpture of St. Catherine, a statue of the Archangel Michael and an ensemble of 22 bells. Getting to the shrine will be more convenient by renting a car.
Cellier des Chartrons, 41 Rue Borie50 www.museeduvinbordeaux.com
No less exciting will be an excursion to the Bordeaux Wine and Wine Museum. Inspection of the legendary mansion begins with a spacious living room, then tourists can climb into the living rooms and on the roof. Seeing the cellars, wineries, routes along which wine was transported to many cities around the world, you can taste the proposed species. Actually, during this tasting it will be possible to understand the main differences in the varieties, which wine is locally produced and which is imported.
A few hours drive from Bordeaux 28 is the small town of Arcachon with excellent beaches and the freshest seafood. Despite the deep-rooted name for the “picturesque coastal village”, the infrastructure is well developed in Arcachon. If you want to stay here for a couple of days, you can stay in one of the hotels right on the coast or in the city. Among the main attractions are the villas of wealthy gentlemen in the Winter Quarter (there are more than 300 of them) built in the last century, the chapel of the Holy Virgin of Arkashonskaya, a bird island where herbalists, curlews, terns, casinos, and St. Cecilia's observatory nest. In between sightseeing, you should look into one of the restaurants on the promenade and taste the best oysters and wine.
After renting a car, go to the picturesque town of Saint Emilion, located on the banks of the Dordogne River, 40 kilometers from Bordeaux. He stands proudly surrounded by hilly terraces with vineyards. If, in addition to wine tasting and local delicacies, you want to see the sights, the excursion program will be quite eventful. First of all, you should go to the Market Square to inspect the oldest buildings of the town, then you can go to the church where merchants gather, then the building of the covered market will appear. The town hall dating back to the 18th century is also located here. The rock church of the 11th century, which appeared on the place where the hermit monk lived, deserves special attention. It doesn’t matter if you only have one day to get to know Saint Emilion or a week,
Not far from Arcachon is a real natural miracle - Dune Saw. The attraction is an array of sand at 117 meters, surrounded by the blue Atlantic and dense forest. Climb to the top of the dune by a specially equipped staircase, at the foot it is worth keeping a glance at the formation of petrified sand. In addition to walking, paragliding and camping are organized here, during which, lying on top of a half-kilometer dune, you can see the Milky Way.
80 kilometers from Bordeaux is the town of Bergerac, located on the banks of the Dordogne, famous for its excellent wines. Ancient, literally ancient quarters are well preserved to this day. While walking, one feels the special energy of these places: sometimes romantic, sometimes sad. Among the main attractions are the Protestant temple in the center of the old city, the Notre-Dame-de-Bergerac Church, the Museum of Bones. Every year, mass events are held in Bergerac, for example, international enduro races, “Feasts at Cyrano”, fencing competitions and various exhibitions and fairs. The festivities are not like any other, so it is worth following the events of the town in order to definitely get to one of these events.
Libourne is a town not far from Saint Emilion, famous for its “Chateau Peter”. The sights here - to match the typical aquitaine. Walking through the streets, you can find the remains of a medieval dungeon dating from the XIV century, the city hall of the XVI century or the chapel of Notre Dame de Corne, built in the distant XII century. By the way, in front of the chapel is a fountain, the water in which has miraculous properties. So you should definitely plunge into it. To get to the town, rent a car.
27 Rue des Ayres www.facebook.com/TheBreakfastClubBordeaux
For the most delicious breakfast in Bordeaux, head to The Breakfast Club. Friendly staff kindly welcomes guests and helps to conveniently settle down. The waiters speak several languages, so there will be no problems with understanding. Among the dishes that you should definitely try are a traditional English breakfast and cheesecake. Everything is served in large portions, so everyone will be fully satisfied with the order. The menu is extensive, for both vegetarians and vegans there are dishes to taste.
36 Rue Saint-Sernin www.restaurant-influences.com
If you want something completely special, then Restaurant Influences will find something to surprise you with. French cuisine is presented on the menu; classic and innovative techniques are miraculously combined in the preparation of dishes. A wine list is also presented, consisting of a large assortment of local wines. Every dish is cooked here in an original way: order a lamb or a light salad or a traditional dessert, everything will taste great.
3 Rue de la Cour des Aides www.capperi.fr
If among a wide variety of French cuisine, you would like something from the Italian menu, go to Capperi-Pizzaioli Italiani for a rental car. The establishment is small, but cozy and there is always a place for every visitor. The menu offers a huge variety of dishes, among the unique ones - sweet pizza. For dessert, you should try tiramisu. If you want to spend a few hours here in the evening, it is better to book a table in advance.
120 Rue de la Croix-de-Seguey www.lepavillondesboulevards.fr
If you are looking for a romantic place with a cozy atmosphere where you can spend time with your soulmate, opt for Le Pavillon des Boulevards. This is an elite restaurant in Bordeaux, where everything seems perfect, starting with the interior, ending with the service. Here you can leisurely eat or celebrate an important event. Waiting for an order, it is especially pleasant to enjoy the views from the windows to the patio. The staff is extremely helpful, they will help you deal with the dishes and ingredients presented on the menu, as well as find the right wine.
10 Rue des Bahutiers o-ptit-bahut.lafourchette.rest
If you want to spend time in a homely cozy place, go to O p'tit bahut. The highlight of the restaurant is that all the products here are farmers, so the dishes are very special in taste. The menu offers a wide selection of cheeses and sausages, the aromas of which will make even the most inveterate skeptics worry. And if you order local wine with a bite, you will be able to feel all the delights of Bordeaux as well as possible.
Looking for a comfortable hotel away from city noise? Check out Chateau Grattequina. It features spacious rooms with high ceilings, beautiful grounds and complete silence. All the necessary household amenities are provided. If you don’t want to get out, after breakfast you can while away the time by the pool. In case of important events, a banquet hall is equipped. If you plan to travel with a rented car, free parking is at your service at the hotel.
Mama Shelter Bordeaux is located in the heart of Bordeaux. Among the main advantages - a kitchenette in the apartment and excellent soundproofing. The interior of the rooms is made in the original style, which even true critics will surely appreciate. Breakfast is organized in buffet style. You can dine at the hotel’s French restaurant, and spend your evening time in the rooftop bar, which is often played by local DJs.
If you want to spend your vacation in a hotel in the center of Bordeaux, with an original interior and wonderful views, the Best Western Grand Hotel Francais is perfect for this occasion. The main advantage is that nearby are all popular places: attractions, shops, restaurants. In the morning, a hearty breakfast is served with a wide range of dishes, freshly squeezed juices and coffee. With any question and for any help you can contact the competent hotel staff.
1 Avenue de la Boétie
+33 5 56 99 11 11 www.accorhotels.com/hotel-7208-ibis-styles-bordeaux-saint-medard double room - from € 59
Great value-for-money accommodation in Bordeaux - Ibis Styles Bordeaux Saint Medard. Among the main advantages - free parking for tourists who plan to rent a car and the availability of a conference room in case of a business trip. The hotel has various rooms, so for couples with children, and for lovers of absolute comfort, there are suitable rooms. You can skip the evening with a glass of wine in the hotel bar.
Want to stay in a hotel with a modern design and convenient location? Prefer Hotel La Cour Carree. Nearby is the promenade, which is especially nice to go for a walk in the evenings. The rooms in the apartments are spacious and not overloaded with unnecessary details. It is also convenient that there is a desktop where, if necessary, you can settle down with documents or a laptop. The staff is extremely attentive to each guest, in addition, speaks several languages, so no problems.
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