The Fête le Fleuve, known to English speakers as the Bordeaux River Festival, is a rite of spring that takes place on the majestic Garonne River that splits the city in two and is the hub of daily life for the Bordelais, as Bordeaux’s citizens are called.
The Château de la Brède, also known as Montesquieu’s Château, is in the center of a vineyard in Bordeaux and a fantastic way to place this beautiful area of France into its historical context.
Mérignac, a 10-minute train ride from Bordeaux, is considered a suburb of the city but is in fact the second-largest city in the region and home to the Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac. Should you consider it for a base the next time you visit Bordeaux?
Bordeaux is one of those places that people usually visit once they’ve been to France already, and don’t feel the need to spend all their time in Paris. But while Bordeaux isn’t as big as the City of Light, nor is it like the other famous towns in France, most of which are surprisingly walkable. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how to get around Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is of course well known for its wine, but what goes better with a good wine than delicious food? The next time you’re in France, check out Bordeaux’s food scene and try some of these famous foods. (Note: Bordelais/e is the descriptive meaning “of or from Bordeaux.”)
Saint-Émilion, about 20 miles north of Bordeaux, is where people actually go when they say they’re going wine tasting in Bordeaux. And it’s where you should go, too, the next time you go to France. Here’s why:
Mention Bordeaux to anyone, and their first thought is wine. Even if you say you’re going to Bordeaux, people will automatically think your days will be filled with vineyard tours and wine tastings. And they may be right! Bordeaux, the city itself, is not merely somewhere to rest your weary head after a day in the fertile countryside. Its cultural legacy is something the French are rightly proud of, and visitors should set aside time to visit museums in Bordeaux to come away with the full experience. Let’s take a look at a few of them now.