Welcome to Bordeaux! Awarded the title of Best European Destination in 2015 and mentioned by both the New York Times and The Telegraph as a top destination in 2016. Bordeaux has become a must-see city, especially for wine tourism. But that’s not the only reason to journey to this decadent city of history, food and wine! 

As you make your way through Bordeaux’s various districts, you’ll travel back in time discovering the ruins of a 4th century colosseum, the Palais Gallien. There’s also the 13th century Saint Catherine’s cathedral towering over the bustling cobblestoned streets of local shops and restaurants. Fast forward to a new era and visit the Miroir d’Eau (water mirror), one of the largest in the world! Watch the wistful beauty of a soft mist rising from the ground, as the glistening pavement mirrors the reflection of people, the age-old buildings of Place de la bourse and the sky. An amazing photo opportunity!


Get lost in the very heart of Bordeaux, exploring the narrow and charming side streets. Keep an eye out for mascaron ornaments, historic symbols that decorate the facades of houses and fountains.  And walk through several of the city’s ancient gateways, including the 15th century Grosse Cloche city gate, a former belfry from the middle ages.

You might have a story or two to tell after visiting the Saint-Pierre district, the cradle of Bordeaux with plenty of places to eat, drink, relax and just enjoy yourself. Why not partake in a bit of terrace watching, sitting with a nice glass of Bordeaux wine, watching locals and tourists alike as they stroll through the quaint paths and boutiques. 

Another place you shouldn’t miss is the quayside district known as ‘les quais’, with illustrious urban historical monuments from the 18th century, it’s Bordeaux’s heart and soul where lovers, tourists and even the locals meander on foot or by bike.

Follow your heart and cross the Pont de Pierre (stone bridge) and the new lift bridge for a panoramic view of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is a dynamic, ever-changing and innovative city where culture, wine and great food are closely linked. The restoration of its quayside facades in 2007, its listing with UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the opening of the Cité du Vin, for total immersion in the history of French wine, plus the arrival of top Michelin-star chefs all contribute to Bordeaux’s reputation as one of the world’s top destinations for wine tourism.

To make the most of Bordeaux, take a look at our ‘Best of Bordeaux’ getaway or try one of our theme-based activities in the city such as the ‘Bordeaux Food & Wine Tour‘.