The Best Things to Do in Bordeaux

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Bordeaux

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Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Historic Walking Areas

Popular things to do in Bordeaux

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World heritage site
Place de la Bourse
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Landmark
The Water Mirror
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Architectural Building
La Cite du Vin
3.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
St. Andre Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world. Touring the vineyards and sampling the world-class wines are among the most popular things to do in the world's second largest wine-producing region.

While fine wine may be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Bordeaux, this historic city offers so much more for you to explore. The "City of Art and History" is home to tolerant and laid-back residents who welcome globetrotters like you to their vibrant cultural, musical, and artistic community. Sophisticated shopping in the heart of the city starts with a leisurely stroll along the Rue Sainte-Catherine, a 1.2 km (0.75 mi) pedestrian-only street. Lined with boutiques, restaurants, and cafés, these businesses become increasing more upscale as you go north.

Your trek in any direction of this geographically flat metropolitan area offers diverse historical, cultural, and ecological attractions that are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. The North's Médoc region produces many famous Bordeaux wines, the South is the Graves region with many of the world's oldest vineyards, and the East has the well-known Saint-Émilion appellation (AOC). To the west lies the Atlantic Ocean with over 250 km (155 mi) of golden sandy beaches, unspoiled pine forests, the largest sand dune in Europe, and the biggest freshwater lake in France called Hourtins' Lake.

Affectionately termed "Little Paris," if you cross paths with a native Bordelaise and a Parisian, you may be lucky enough to witness the vintage rivalry between these two cities. While you will see plenty of traditional stone mansions on your vacation in the area, you won't see any skyscrapers in the city center--the weak subsoil is simply not stable enough for tall structures.

Touring caves and vineyards, attending wine tastings, and exploring the city's 362 historical monuments will keep you busy by day. But the fun doesn't stop at dusk. For a lively nightlife, visit La Place de la Victoire filled with friendly pubs and bars, and paint the town red in the popular Les Quais district filled with live music, dancing, and nightclubs. Add Bordeaux and other destinations to your itinerary using our France trip planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.

Side trips from Bordeaux

Geologic Formation
La Grande Dune du Pilat Pyla-sur-Mer
4.8
Duration: 6 hours
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Aquarium
Aquarium La Rochelle La Rochelle
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Water Body
Vieux Port La Rochelle
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Zoo
Zoo de La Palmyre La Palmyre-Les Mathes
3.9
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Bordeaux

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Architectural Building
Tour Pey-Berland
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Landmark
Place Parlement
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fountain
Monument aux Girondins
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Bordeaux

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Art Museum
CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain
2.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Musee d'Aquitaine
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
La Vieille Eglise Saint-Vincent Merignac Merignac
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Bordeaux

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Marche Biologique de Pessac Pessac
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Bordeaux Beer Shop
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Antique Store
La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Gift & Specialty Shop
LivroZenfan Bruges
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Bordeaux

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Religious Site
Synagogue
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise St-Pierre de Gradignan Gradignan
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Chateau Pape Clement Pessac
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Prieure de Cayac Gradignan
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Cooking Class
Chef le Grande
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Bridge
Pont de Pierre
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.4
Duration: 5h 30 min
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Lookout
Rocher de la Vierge Biarritz
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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