Discover Bordeaux
The center of wine making and the "reserve capital" of France

The homeland of the best French wines and the fifth-largest city in the country

Districts of Bordeaux

The peculiarity of the city is that the districts have a clear division and purpose. For example, the central part, the so-called Old Town, has all the main attractions of Bordeaux, along with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. The western part of Bordeaux is considered prestigious. There are many parks, a stadium, a velodrome, and the most expensive housing in the city. The southern part concentrates universities and residential neighborhoods with affordable housing.

The area near Central Station is considered unfavorable, and guides do not advise tourists to settle here.

Speaking of Bordeaux, we can not mention the wine regions. The most famous is Médoc. The noble grapes Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grow here. The most famous is Médoc, where the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauternes grapes are grown.


Although it is a port city, the majority of people living here until the 2010s were French. After France opened its borders to migrants and refugees, an influx of people from Africa and the Middle East, and Asia poured in. Today Bordeaux is considered the fifth city in France in terms of the number of inhabitants. Up to half a million people live in the city itself and one million in the agglomeration.

Brief history

Celts and Bituriges took up this fertile land on the banks of the Garonne in ancient times. These tribes were the first inhabitants of the Aquitaine region. In the I century BC, the place was in the dominion of Julius Caesar and is often described in ancient manuscripts as the ancient capital of Aquitaine Gaul. With the arrival of the new rulers, the Dukes of Aquitaine, the region began to prosper: new buildings, gardens, cathedrals, and the first medieval wineries appeared. At the end of the Hundred Years' War, Bordeaux became part of France and lost its independence.

The fortunate location of the port city encouraged the active development of trade relations with the Americas. As a result, the commune began to profit and became the most luxurious place in France. The position strengthened with the emergence of new colonies because the main trade was concentrated here.

During the world wars, Bordeaux became a haven for the French Parliament. This is why the city also received the unofficial name of the reserve capital. It is known that the French commander in chief hid here from the armies of the enemy.

Nowadays, the city has become a tourist center for gourmets and wine lovers. There are five wine-producing regions here, the most famous being Medoc, where dry red wine is produced.

The city also has many museums, exhibition centers, ancient buildings, churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. Many sites are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The best time to visit Bordeaux

The best time to visit Bordeaux is from April to October. The wettest months are July and August, but it's easy to endure the heat because of the proximity to the sea. The maximum temperature in summer is +29 degrees, ideal for hiking and biking. Winter is fairly mild and warm. Temperatures can reach +13 degrees during the day. Bordeaux annually hosts music festivals and public events; the largest, by right, is considered a wine festival Wine Road. You can get to it once every two years (even year), in June.

Useful notes

Things to do in Bordeaux

  • Take a trip on the wine road. The road to Bordeaux passes through the wine regions of Graves and Sauternes.
  • Taste the local dishes: Medoc-style pork knuckle, Arcachon oysters, wild pigeon salmis, vintage wines, Bordeaux muffins, canelles.
  • Soak in the SPA in a white or red wine bath. Given that the region is famous for its wines, SPA treatments here are closely related to the region's main pride.
  • Take profiteroles, Medoc truffles, chocolates, and local wines as a souvenir.
  • Walk across the longest bridge in France. The Aquitaine bridge is ornamented with elegant decorations and sculptures, and retro lanterns will be faithful companions when crossing from the right to the left bank of the Garonne.
  • Come to the Place de la Bourse and take mirrored photos. The square is decorated with marble, and once an hour, it is filled with a thin layer of water in which the buildings of the square are reflected. The photos are stunning. In addition, you can create the illusion of reflections in the water.
  • See the oldest church in Aquitaine. The Basilica of Saint Severinus was built in the XIII century. Inside, the oldest Merovingian sarcophagi are preserved.
  • Enjoy strolling through the city. Every building and every temple breathes history. Go for a walk without a guidebook, and you are sure to encounter interesting places with a rich past.

Map Bordeaux

Hotels in Bordeaux

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