Smack dab in the middle of wine country Aquitaine is Bordeaux, possibly one of the most chilled out big cities in France. It’s been an important port right since Roman times, so when you’re strolling through town, expect to history shouting out at you from all the different architectures of buildings and monuments. Funnily, you won’t find too many ugly skyscrapers here; the ground is too soft to sustain them. Back in the day, the British has set up camp here for a while so there’s a lot of Saxony flavour to the city too.
Temperamentally, Bordeaux is the polar opposite of Paris; everybody is just NICE. Every bad thing you ever heard about a Frenchmen can probably be blamed on Parisians. And yes, they aren’t all snooty about preferring French over English. They’re chill. The country around the city, being wine country, is perfect for some serious cycling. The parks are pretty. The food is scrumptious (the desserts are mouth-watering). Getting around is easy. Seriously, why aren’t you there already?
Essential travel information and Bordeaux tips for your visit
- Don’t use road vehicles (bus/car) at peak hours from 8am to 10am and from 4pm to 7pm.
- Buy public transport tickets in bulk.
- Beware of pickpockets.
- Prefer bikes and trams over cars and buses.
- The Passport Gourmand will let you get nice discounts in local restaurants so consider purchasing it.
- Avoid Place de la Victoire at night.
- Smoking is generally not permitted in public places. They are strict about this.
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bordeaux
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