Are you becoming overwhelmed with trying to decide on ways to fill your itinerary on your next trip to Bordeaux? For your convenience, Auto Europe has put together a comprehensive list of the very best things to do in Bordeaux to complete your once-in-a-lifetime vacation in France.
There are few things in this world that wine lovers appreciate more than driving along the D2 highway in France. Just north of the city of Bordeaux and nestled on the Medoc peninsula, these roads are lined on both sides by seemingly endless rows of vineyards. Travelers who are touring Bordeaux by car will have the opportunity to explore the wine route of Medoc, which is one of the most famous wine routes in the entire world. Drive past iconic wine château such as Château Margaux and Château Lafite-Rothschild.
Brimming with exceptional wine routes to follow like the Graves, Medoc and Saint Emilion, the smaller vineyards of the Bordeaux region often get missed. One of the best things to do in Bordeaux is to plan your vacation around the wineries that produce your favorite wine, instead of getting caught up in the hype of touring each and every chateaux. You will already have an appreciation for the wine you love, and you will get to discover the ins and outs of how your favorite wine is made. Although somewhat lesser-known, routes that run through the enchanting Sauternes region and the Côte de Blave offer wine tours at a fraction of price of the major château. Tour these smaller vineyards in order to create life-long memories of your time in Bordeaux.
If you haven't noticed by now, the majority of things to do in Bordeaux revolve around wine, and rightly so! Local vintages have been revered as some of the best in the world, so travelers are well advised to experience Bordeaux wine culture to the fullest extent. The CIVB Wine School encompasses all aspects of wine cultivation in the Bordeaux area. Whether you choose to take a basic two-hour lesson or a more in depth course, all lessons prove to be extremely informative.
It's hard to believe that less than two decades ago, the banks of the Garonne River were home to empty warehouse and littered quays. Thankfully over the years, the riverfront has undergone a massive renewal and is now brimming with green spaces. Those old derelict warehouses have been transformed into trendy shops, bustling bars and charming cafes.
Chances are likely that your idea of purchasing the perfect Bordeaux souvenir go hand in hand with finding the perfect bottle of wine! Local samplings happen in outdoor markets throughout the city, so you'll be able to taste potential wares before committing to purchasing an entire bottle. The tips you acquired from your courses at wine school will serve you well as you search for the perfect take home!