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Reverently referred to as The Pearl of Aquitaine, the port city of Bordeaux straddles the banks of the mighty Garonne river, its captivating streets packed with elegant landmarks from majestic, honey-coloured landmarks to inspiring contemporary architecture. No trip to Bordeaux – the capital of France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region – is complete without a visit to some of the many monuments that showcase its rich and complex history. There are certainly plenty to choose from: you might like to start with the riverside Quais de Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its grand, neo-Classical palaces and sweeping promenade. And of course, the Bordeaux chateaux and their associated vineyards are the stuff of legend – extending for miles into the surrounding countryside and producing some of the finest wines in the world.
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Whether you plan to visit the city on a cultural getaway, epicurean adventure or for a business meeting, we offer the best hotels in Bordeaux for all individual requirements. From family-friendly hotels in Bordeaux city centre to spa hotels in the wider Bordeaux region, there is an accommodation option for every kind of traveller in our portfolio.

Visit Historic Bordeaux

Bordeaux's fortunes have always been influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The city first came to prominence as a trade centre under Roman rule 2,000 years ago – a status that it has maintained ever since, despite invasions by Vandals, Visigoths, Vikings and Normans down the centuries. Bordeaux experienced a golden age between the 12th and 15th centuries, when its merchants were granted the right to trade tax-free with England – a period when the city's already-significant wine industry flourished. Fortunes rose again in the 18th century, when exports included coffee, cocoa and cotton, and for a time it was the second-busiest port in the world. The latter half of the 19th-century saw the renaissance of Bordeaux with grandiose building projects, and it has remained an influential city ever since. With all of this history, it's no surprise that Bordeaux has earned a reputation as a living museum. Our Bordeaux travel guide includes some of the best ways to uncover the city's fascinating past.

Things to Do in Bordeaux

Whether you hire a guide or join a free walking tour of Bordeaux, it's well worth starting your adventure at one of the oldest surviving monuments in the city: Bordeaux Cathedral. Known in French as the Cathédrale Saint-André, this magnificent Gothic edifice served as the wedding venue for Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Louis VII in 1137. After admiring its breathtakingly ornate façade, climb 229 steps to the top of Pey-Berland bell tower, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views over Bordeaux and the Garonne river. Bordeaux has two spectacular plazas. Laying claim to being the largest city square in Europe, the Esplanade des Quinconces occupies an expanse of prime riverfront and is littered with statues, columns and fountains. Chief among these is a memorial to the Girondins – members of a political faction who were executed en masse during the French Revolution. The second square is the 18th-century Place de la Bourse; fringed by the classic architecture of the Hôtel des Fermes and the Palais de la Bourse, it is one of the most recognisable sights in Bordeaux. Photographers will be enthralled by the square's Water Mirror, handiwork of landscape artist Michel Corajoud and doubling as the largest reflecting pool in the world. A short stroll from the Place de la Bourse takes you to the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux, with its wedding-cake exterior defined by a neo-Classical portico of elegant columns topped with statues of Ancient Roman deities. Inside, the auditorium features the largest orchestra pit in Europe and a stage playing host to world-class opera, ballet and classical-music performances. If you prefer culture of a less musical kind, head to the Musée d'Aquitaine for an immersion into the history of Bordeaux and Aquitaine from prehistoric times to present day.

Exploring Bordeaux's Winemaking Heritage

Of course, some of the best places in Bordeaux are related to its reputation as the global winemaking capital. The Bordelais mastered the art of viticulture some 2,000 years ago, when vines were first introduced to the area by the Romans. Today, statistics for the region are staggering, with 60 regional appellations and 7,000 winemakers producing around 650 million bottles annually at countless vineyards and wine estates – among these are some of the most sought-after and expensive wines in the world. Taking a Bordeaux wine tour is a fantastic way to get to grips with the city's grape-based culture, whether you join a private or small-group excursion with a local expert or decide to explore independently. The Bordeaux chateaux are about more than wine tastings and vineyard tours, however. With each one different in its own special way, they also provide a unique glimpse into local history. From converted 13th-century Franciscan convents to magnificent post-Revolution country palaces, these are some of the most beautiful and memorable addresses in France. Unsurprisingly there are also a couple of specialist wine museums in Bordeaux. Musée du Vin et du Négoce explores the origins of the Bordeaux wine trade and offers tastings in the wine store and cellars of an 18th-century mansion. La Cité du Vin Bordeaux – a standout masterpiece of contemporary architecture – is devoted to wine-making traditions around the world, with themed areas and interactive exhibits. Finally, the Bordeaux Wine Festival is held every other summer and celebrates the region's winemakers and vineyards with four full days of events, tastings and festivities.

Dining at the Best Restaurants in Bordeaux

Although wine undoubtedly takes centre stage in Bordeaux, gastronomy plays its part too. The city has many Michelin-starred restaurants serving exquisite haute-cuisine, and yet dining out doesn't have to break the bank. We recommend that you head for cobbled Vieux Bordeaux streets, where you'll find a choice of well-priced bistros and brasseries serving up time-honoured dishes like cheese-topped onion soup or premium steaks sourced from farms around the region. Local specialities are also inspired by the abundance of top-quality seafood plucked from the Dordogne or Garonne rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, including lamprey à la Bordelaise, Aquitaine caviar and succulent oysters from Arcachon Bay. For dessert, the best canelés in Bordeaux are a thing of wonder: soft, bite-sized caramelised pastries filled with custard and flavoured with rum and vanilla.

Bordeaux Hotels for Every Itinerary

Looking for a luxury hotel in Bordeaux? We have a range of 4-star options with every conceivable amenity from spas to swimming pools. Need a business hotel with coworking facilities or want to explore Bordeaux tourist attractions in-between meetings? We have city-centre Bordeaux hotel deals for you. One of our favourite options is Novotel Bordeaux Centre Hotel, an affordable, family-oriented choice with a fitness centre and restaurant serving Bordeaux Grand Cru wines, located a 7-minute walk from the Cathédrale Saint-André. Not the right fit for you? Check out all our Bordeaux hotel choices.

Getting to Bordeaux

As a regional capital, Bordeaux is an important hub for road, air and train travel. Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean offers local TER services as well as high-speed TGV connections to major northern European cities including Paris, London, Amsterdam and Brussels. Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport offers a range of flights to European and international destinations. It's located 8 kilometres from the city centre, so if you arrive late or depart early, consider overnighting in one of our Bordeaux airport hotels.