Despite an extensive regeneration plan that has been ongoing since the millennium, the French city of Bordeaux has lost none of the antiquity or charm that has been captivating visitors for years. Instead it’s become a polished and more upmarket version of its past-self. With a thriving cultural, art and gastronomic scene that shows no sign of slowing down, as well as a universal reputation for some of the finest wine in the world. It truly is a city that’ll steal more than just your heart. Sound like your kind of destination? Well take advantage of Flybe’s regular, cheap flights to Bordeaux and make this the year you tick the city off your bucket list.
Flight frequency: Several / Week
Currency: EUR (€)
Since the Millennium, Bordeaux has undergone a tireless regeneration programme that has seen its neo-classical architecture restored, its boulevards pedestrianized and its tourism levels soar. It’s now regarded as the world’s largest UNESCO urban heritage site, not to mention an international heavyweight when it comes to wine production. As a largely flat city with a welcome shortage of ugly skyscrapers, Bordeaux is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bicycle, a fact acknowledged by some 580km of bike tracks. So whether it’s a leisurely cycle through the old town peppered with a spot of sight-seeing, or a trip to any one of the region’s amazing vineyards - rest assured this is a holiday destination that transcends the seasons to be enjoyable all year round. In short, this city often referred to as ‘Little Paris’ is a place you can’t fail to fall hook, line and sinker for.
As a city famed for its wine, its little wonder that a booming dining scene has grown throughout Bordeaux - offering everyone from discerning diners to those on a budget unforgettable food. If you’re keen to keep things traditional make a booking at Garopapilles for mouth-watering French fare that’s lovingly paired with only the best regional wines. Other places worthy of a visit include Oiseau Bleu for fine dining in a former police station and Le Petit Commerce for a laidback dinner that doesn’t compromise on flavour. If a few too many regional wines have got you in the mood for dancing then make sure you visit toe-tapping haunts like the quirky Le Herald’s or Caf’ka, which serves coffee by day and then transforms into a pulsating dance bar by night. Whatever you’re in the mood for, the eclectic city of Bordeaux is certain to throw it at you and then some!
Fast becoming a serious rival for Paris’s fashion crown, Bordeaux is a fantastic shopping destination, whatever your budget. High end fashion and designer boutiques are clustered around the Triangle-d’Or, whilst more reasonably priced fashion, beauty and homeware buys can be found around the Rue Ste Cathérine - a lengthy pedestrianized street packed with high-street stores and smaller boutiques. Come to Bordeaux for something a little different? Then make sure you pay a visit to the Chartrons district, which is renowned for its art, vintage and antique pieces. Bordeaux also delivers when it comes to the traditional French market – the best foodie one has to be Marché des Capucins or Marché des Quais for food shopping with riverside views on a Sunday.
Most people’s first port of call in Bordeaux is a wine tour – and for very good reason! An afternoon spent cycling through the vineyards, drinking in the sights and then drinking in the world-class local wine is truly an unforgettable experience. For those with more of a cultural thirst, Bordeaux’s extensive selection of museums and galleries won’t fail to impress. Kick off proceedings with a trip to Musée d’Aquitaine for a fascinating depiction of the region’s history or CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art for all things modern art - from the sublime to the ridiculous. Whether you’re on a budget or not, few would argue with the Jardin Public as a fantastic way to spend a day out. Walk, jog, sprint or bike around the lakes, ancient buildings and windy paths before treating yourself to a well-deserved picnic. Plus, the park even boasts a smaller botanical garden, restaurant and Natural History Museum.
Situated just 12km west of the city, the international airport is serviced by a good transport network making a journey to or from it very easy indeed.
IATA code: BOD
Name: Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport
Address: 33700 Mérignac, France
Telephone: +33 5 56 34 50 50
With a range of parking options including stop-off, long stay and comfort – you can rest assured your car is in good hands at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport.
A direct shuttle runs between the airport and train station, whilst there is also an efficient bus service that’ll take you to your terminal.
With numerous taxi services at the airport offering competitive fares to your destination, a taxi is a quick and efficient way to get to your next stop.
The airport has several car hire operators that will be able to help you out with a vehicle for your stay. They also run an innovative ‘car-pooling’ scheme which can help you keep your travel costs down.