From its proximity to the coast in the summer to its fruitful bounty in the fall, Bordeaux has much to offer the visitor during peak travel months. But Bordeaux in winter is a special treat, and one that savvy travelers should consider instead of yet another trip to Paris.
Spreading 1500 feet back from the sea and stretching to about two miles along the Atlantic coastline and 300 feet high, Pyla Dune (French: Dune du Pilat) should be at the top of your list of day trips from Bordeaux. It’s almost surreal to see something more suited to a desert sea than a spot [...]
For the average traveler, thinking about Bordeaux outdoor activities probably brings up dreams of sitting by the river and trying your favorite Grands Crus. But one of the secrets of this surprisingly unknown region is that it is in fact a huge draw for people who love the outdoors. Here are out top picks for outdoor activities in and around Bordeaux.
So, you’re visiting Bordeaux. You’ve spent the day tasting wines in the countryside, or eating oysters on the coast in Arcachon, or seeing the sights in this sprawling southwestern city. But now that evening is upon us, what is there to do that’s fun? Here’s your mini-guide to nightlife in Bordeaux.
When people imagine visiting Bordeaux, they think of visiting vineyards – and rightly so. The Bordeaux wine region has roughly 9,000 vineyards! But what a lot of people don’t realize is that Bordeaux is just in from the Atlantic coast of southwestern France, which means you can add a beach trip to your vineyard vacation with very little hassle. In fact, it’s just a two-hour drive (or train ride) from Bordeaux to Biarritz, the surfing capital of Europe!
Tantalizingly close to the city of Bordeaux is Pessac Léognan. In fact, it is so close that Pessac is actually a residential suburb of Bordeaux; the vineyards start just south of the homes and schools of the suburban Bordelais. But this makes the Pessac Léognan wine region the perfect day trip from Boredeaux.
Bayonne is a delightful river town in the southwest corner of the country, just north of Biarritz, the surfing capital of Europe. And if you’re looking for a day trip from Bordeaux, you could do worse than visiting Bayonne and strolling along the quais of the Nive and Adour rivers that meet here. Discover the quirky half-timbered Basque architecture of Petit Bayonne on the other side of the Nive; stop into the 13th-century Gothic Cathédrale Sainte-Marie; and make sure to try the local mayonnaise – it’s said to have been invented here!