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Planning on Traveling to Bordeaux? What You Need to Know

Updated: Aug 18


The Porte Cailhau or Porte du Palais is a former town gate of the city of Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, with its picturesque vineyards, stunning architecture, and rich history, is a French gem waiting to be discovered. If you are planning on traveling to Bordeaux, there's plenty to know and prepare for to ensure you make the most of your journey. From the world-renowned wine to its unique culture and beautiful landscapes, here's what you need to know before embarking on your Bordeaux adventure.

The Wine Capital of the World


Colorful picture of Saint Emilion

Perhaps one of the most enticing reasons for traveling to Bordeaux is its world-renowned wines. Known as the 'wine capital of the world', Bordeaux is a heaven for wine enthusiasts. The city is home to some of the world's most esteemed vineyards, including those in the Medoc, Saint-Emilion, and Pomerol.


Wine tasting tours are incredibly popular and an absolute must-do in the region. They allow you to sample some of the world's most coveted wines while learning about the region's wine-making history and process. In the city center, you can visit the 'Cité du Vin', an innovative museum dedicated to the world of wine.

Exquisite Gastronomy


Cannelés Bordelais

Bordeaux is not just about wine. The city's gastronomic scene is equally exciting. Traditional French cuisine, local delicacies, fresh seafood, and innovative culinary experiences are aplenty. When in Bordeaux, don't forget to try canelés - a local dessert, and entrecôte à la Bordelaise, a succulent steak cooked in a rich wine sauce.


Bordeaux also boasts numerous farmers markets where you can buy fresh, locally grown produce. Marché des Capucins is the city's largest market and a must-visit for food lovers.

A City of Art and History

Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Rich in culture and history, Bordeaux offers a range of historical sites and architectural gems. With over 350 buildings listed as historical monuments, Bordeaux's city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The iconic Place de la Bourse, with its stunning Mirror d'Eau, the largest reflecting pool in the world, is a must-visit. You also shouldn't miss the majestic Gothic cathedral, Cathédrale Saint-André, and the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture.

Easy Accessibility and Convenient Transport

One of the advantages of traveling to Bordeaux is its easy accessibility. Bordeaux's international airport connects with numerous European cities, and high-speed trains from Paris reach Bordeaux in just two hours.


Once you're in the city, getting around is simple. The city boasts a comprehensive public transport system consisting of trams, buses, and bicycles. The city is also highly walkable, making it easy to explore on foot. Renting a bike can be an enjoyable way to discover the city and its surroundings, as Bordeaux has over 200 kilometers of bike lanes.

The Gateway to the French Countryside

Roussillon Village, France

Bordeaux is not just a destination in itself, but also a gateway to the charming French countryside. Nearby are the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast, the beautiful Dune of Pilat - Europe's tallest sand dune, and the picturesque villages of the Dordogne region.

In conclusion, traveling to Bordeaux offers an enchanting mix of fine wines, gastronomic delights, rich history, and beautiful landscapes. Whether you're a wine lover, a food enthusiast, or a history buff, Bordeaux is a city that's sure to captivate you.

To top off your preparation for traveling to Bordeaux, we're thrilled to announce a meticulously planned tour this fall. Our Bordeaux tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience all the incredible facets of this French gem. From vineyard visits and wine tasting to exploring the city's historic heart and savoring the local gastronomy, we've got everything covered to ensure an unforgettable travel experience.

Book your place today and join us for an amazing Bordeaux journey this fall. For more details and to secure your spot, visit our website at Redwood Cafe Tours - Bordeaux, France. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the best of Bordeaux! We look forward to sharing this memorable journey with you.

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