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Why Visit Bordeaux?

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne river, in the South-west of France. Not only is it one of the country's largest cities, but it is also steeped in history. In fact, Bordeaux has the second highest number of preserved buildings in France (behind Paris), and the historic centre of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site.

As Bordeaux is one of the historic centres of France, there is so much to do and see in the city. The most famous monument is Bordeaux’s royal palace square. This square was built in the 18th century and is now also home to a stunning oasis water pool. A visit to St. Andre Cathedral is a must, a stunning Gothic 15th century building which is a French national monument.

Bordeaux is a city which has something for everyone. There is so much history, landmarks, and children’s activities throughout the city which makes it a suitable holiday destination for families and couples of all ages.

Flights depart from Dublin and Cork Airport to Bordeaux year round. However, flights are more frequent during the summer season as this is when Bordeaux Holidays are most popular. The duration of the journey is roughly two hours. 

Things to do in Bordeaux

Attractions

There are so many recommended attractions in this French city!

  • See a show at Bordeaux’s 18th century grand theatre.
  • Visit the beautiful Saint Michel Basilica.
  • Visit the Cite du Vin museum, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

Nightlife

Bordeaux has a vibrant nightlife, and you are sure to find many bars or clubs that suit your taste no matter your age or preference. Place du Parlement is one of the best areas to enjoy some drinks.

Dining Out

There is a fantastic selection of restaurants in Bordeaux serving fantastic International cuisine, including Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian. You will also find the finest authentic French cuisine when in Bordeaux. 

For Families

Bordeaux is a family friendly city. Kids will love a visit to the Cap sciences building, home to many tremendous exhibits which will stir children’s interest for science!

Shopping

The city is a shopping haven for visitors. In fact, Bordeaux is home to the longest shopping street in Europe (Rue de St. Catherines). When on this street you will find plenty of both international and French chains selling the finest clothing and products!

Bordeaux wine festival

The Bordeaux wine festival takes place annually in mid-June. As Bordeaux is one of the biggest wine hubs in France, this festival is one of the most important events of the year. During this festival there are many events taking place, and visitors can taste some of the best wine in both Bordeaux, and the entire world.

Best Time to Go

Bordeaux experiences hot summers, with temperatures averaging in the mid-twenties. These hot summers give the city a fantastic lively atmosphere, and there are many events which take place around the city during these months, making it the perfect time to visit Bordeaux.

Local Info

Currency 

Euro is used in France.

Time Zone

France is an hour ahead of Ireland (GMT+1).

Getting around

Renting bikes is a great way to see the city. However, if bikes don’t take your fancy, the city is easily travelled by foot. There is also a fantastic tram service that runs throughout Bordeaux.