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Travel to Bordeaux - the city of wine

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

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Known for its wine growing areas like Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac, Bordeaux, or 'Bordèu' in Gascon, is considered the world's wine capital. Some of the most expensive wines in the world can be found here. Boasting significant oenological activity, the city that has been nicknamed 'Belle Endormie' (sleeping beauty) has made the omnipresent vineyards here its main attraction. Some tourists come to Bordeaux purely to enjoy some red wine accompanied with a good meal consisting of lamb or beef, while others to come and enjoy a sweet wine at the end of a meal. Wine is so important in this city that wine bars are sprouting up like mushrooms.
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Bordeaux is home to many bars, one of which, located on Rue Sainte-Catherine, is situated at the heart of student life in Bordeaux: the Place de la Victoire. Moreover, blessed with a rich cultural and historical heritage and classed a City of Art and History, Bordeaux attracts more than two million visitors every year. Quinconces Square, Rohan Palace, Porte Cailhau (Cailhau Gate)... At every street corner stands a building which will leave you enchanted by its magnificent historical value, prompting tourists to spend lots of money on postcards and souvenirs. Come and wander around the neighbourhoods of old Bordeaux, visit its internationally renowned buildings, and top it all off with a taste of one of the fantastic wines for which the rest of the world envies this place.

To see

Museums
Boasting an extremely rich cultural heritage, the city of Bordeaux is brimming with museums that are just as interesting as they are varied. Among them is the Centre d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains (Museum of Contemporary Plastic Arts), built where an old grain warehouse once stood. This museum boasts a collection that ranges from the end of the 1960s up to today and is composed of more than a thousand works of art. The museum is therefore rich in works belonging to conceptual art movements, Land Art and even Arte Povera.
The botanical gardens
A stroll in the heart of this green haven is the perfect opportunity to discover more about the natural environment in Bordeaux and its surrounding areas. The botanical gardens of Bordeaux provide a learning experience with themed gardens teaching you all you need to know about the plant world. The water garden, the gallery of environments, and the arboretum are some of the attractions you will find here.
Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale de Saint André de Bordeaux)
A church, a basilica and an abbey, this charming building constitutes one of those buildings in the city that should definitely not be missed. The biggest place of worship in the city, its Gothic Angevin style is enthralling right from the entrance.

To do

The Croiseur Colbert (Colbert Cruiser)
Whether you are a fan of the sea or it simply takes your fancy, why not go for a boat tour around the Quai des Chartrons. Still afloat, the Croiseur Colbert hasn't aged one bit, despite the fact it has been at sea for over thirty years. Today, visitors can discover this unique place while learning about the life of the crews who lived and worked on board these ships. The visit to the depths of the "beast" and through its corridors involves reconstructed scenes, videos and numerous objects bearing witness to the daily life of the crew.
The landscape around Bordeaux is dominated by vineyards, which cover valleys, meadows and hills, and can even be seen from the hearts of villages. After tasting the wines here, you'll soon realise that each and every harvest produces a unique result due to the climate specific to the area. Don't miss the Route du Médoc, a stretch of land between the Atlantic and the estuary that is home to the Grand Cru wines.

pros

  • +  The pleasant climate in the summer.
  • +  The manageable size of the town.
  • +  The lively cultural events.

cons

To think about

It's also a good idea to take the tram or the bus rather than the car, as given that this is the biggest city in the department, traffic is a real nuisance.

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To avoid

If it's peace and quiet you're looking for, do be aware that Bordreaux is a very lively city, with sporting events and festivals taking place all year round.

To try

Canelé
This is the undisputed star of Bordeaux cuisine. Made with vanilla from Tahiti, old dark rhum agricole, and brown sugar, among other things, the recipe may seem unusual but the finished product is fantastic: a slightly burnt-looking delicious little cake that is tough on the outside and soft on the inside. Cuisine in the department of Gironde is simple and authentic, with each dish enhanced by a wine chosen especially to suit it. Make sure you taste a canelé with a desert wine.
Pauillac Lamb
The uniqueness of this meat resides in the lamb's eating habits: fed exclusively on their mother's milk for two or three months, the lamb is then fed with a mixture of molasses, cane sugar, and grains. Meat lovers say that this is where this juicy and pink oven-roasted lamb gets its tenderness, subtle taste, and incomparable finesse.

To bring back

A bottle of Bordeaux
The department of Gironde is home to the world's biggest AOC vineyard (controlled designation of origin). No one can deny that, between the reds, the sweet wines, and the dry whites, the vineyards of Bordeaux produce some of the best wines in the world. Try to have a taste of the Clairet, a rosé with delicious fruity aromas served as an aperitif.

Weather Bordeaux

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Bordeaux . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Bordeaux so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Bordeaux , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 44/100
  • Temperature indicators 34% Cold

    Maximum temperature between 16°C and 18°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 60% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 50% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 42% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 68% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 66% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.