If you are searching for accommodation in France which is brimming with county charm and equisite French beauty, then look no further than Bordeaux. Bordeaux is the second largest city in the country, and it is world renowned for its superb wine. It’s the perfect place to book a short-term holiday rental, immerse yourself in French culture and savor plenty of traditional French food and local wine.
Book a holiday rental in Bordeaux to explore the city of wine
What you might not realise, is that Bordeaux is surrounded by idyllic countryside, serene woods, and nearby beaches. Bordeaux is the ultimate indulgent city break and a fantastic place to book a holiday home for the whole family, or a hotel room for a couples getaway! Just browse through our extensive list of holiday rentals from websites such as Tripadvisor, Airbnb and Owners Direct.
Best time to visit
When planning your trip, we do advise you take the French weather into consideration. High season last from March - September and there is an average of 8 hours of sunshine a day with not much rain. However during the winter season, expect similar temperatures and rainfall as the UK. As long as you don't mind the rain and packing your warmest clothes, then you're sure to find bargain accommodation during low season.
How to get to Bordeaux
Getting to Bordeaux from the UK is simple as there are flights daily from all the main airports in London. You can also find regular flights from a few of the regional airports including Bristol, Edinburgh, Southamption and Birmingham. Additionally the flight time is only an hour and 30 minutes, making it easily accessible from the UK. Once you're on the other side, we recommend pre booking a private transfer which will set you back about 40€ each way, however, if you're looking to save the pennies then the Line 1 bus service is reliable and a good money saver. For €1.50, it will take you into the city centre and from here you can get a tram which will take your straight to your final destination. It is also possible to travel to Bordeaux via ferry, board the ferry at Dover and after crossing the English Channel you will arrive at Calais. From Calais it is approximately an eight hour drive to Bordeaux. If you are already holidaying in a beautiful holiday apartment in Paris and would like to head to this charming southern city, then you can travel from Paris Gare de I'Est to Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean in only 2 and a half hours. Similarly, Bordeaux is a two hour hop from your holiday rental in Toulouse, meaning you could even visit the coast in only one day, if you get up early!
How to get around?
The best way to get around the city is definitely by bike, it is the best way to discover Bordeaux, especially as it is known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. With more than 200 kilometres of cycle paths, the urban area of Bordeaux has become a paradise for cyclists. If you like to freestyle, you can hire a bike from rental outlets downtown from as little as 10€ or you can take a tour where you'll be lead off the beaten tracks, along quiet streets, discovering quaint neighbourhoods and urban vineyards.
Accommodation in Bordeaux
The Old Town
One of the best Bordeaux accommodation options is in the heart of the old town, close to all the main streets, shops and landmarks. This is the place to be if you want to stay in the most charming part of Bordeaux, surrounded by authentic French boulangerie's . Although you can often find cheaper self-catered accommodation and holidays rentals in the suburbs surrounding the centre.
The Golden Triangle
Bordeaux B&B accommodation is very popular especially in the most elegant neighbourhood, named the Golden Triangle. Here you will find a fine, up market selection of holiday apartments along with boutique B&B's and hotel rooms. Staying here will ensure you feel like royalty for the duration of your stay in this glamorous quarter. It is located in the centre of Bordeaux and so it is very close to the main tourist attractions in Bordeaux. This is a great place to situate yourself during your stay.
Lac is a stunning picturesque village just ten minutes from the centre, it has a mixture of beautiful lakes, woodlands and forests. Lac has an abundance of chateaus, so it's extremely easy to rent one all year around. Renting a Chateau will give you a five star experience whilst still allowing you to be surrounded by the charm and atmosphere of this French city. Many chateaus can be found in the vineyards that are run by local families, so why not indulge in pure luxury at a chateau retreat?
If you want a cheaper holiday rental and a neighbourhood where you can experience life as a local then stay in the multicultural centre of Saint-Michel. This is a fun and lively place to base yourself, there is delicious French cuisine to enjoy and an abundance of flea markets to visit on the weekend. It also has much to explore, from gothic cathedrals to history deriving from Latin and North African culture. What's more, the holiday lettings here are really reasonably priced for large groups and smaller parties.
Things to do in Bordeaux
Bordeaux is much less chaotic than Paris but equally as beautiful. Its richness in culture and history provides countless possibilities to explore. In addition, access to the world's most prestigious vineyards and the close proximity of beach, make it a fantastic holiday destination. You only need to search on Tripadvisor to find all the activities Bordeaux has to offer. We've narrowed it down to our three favourite must do's whilst renting accommodation in Bordeaux.
Visit A Vineyard
Bordeaux produces around 960 million bottles of wine a year, so it is essential to visit a vineyard and see where the magic happens. It's worth doing your research and planning ahead to get the best out of your vineyard experience. Visiting one that produces your favourite wine is a good place to start, your passion for the product will enhance your experience. Most wineries provide private one on one tours, so be sure to make your appointment on time as they are often very busy. During your tour, you'll visit vineyards, cellars, barrel rooms, vat rooms and many more. Following all of that thirsty work, you'll be ready for your tasting, a 90 minute tasting is the recommended time to get the best out of the experience.
UNESCO World Heritage walking tour
Central Bordeaux & the Port of the Moon have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historic significance as a place of cultural exchange, architecture and history. Free city walking tours depart regularly from the centre, they provide a great insight into local knowledge. However beware that free tours operate on a tipping service, at the end of the tour the guide will ask you to give a tip based on what you feel the tour was worth. If you prefer a more intimate experience, private walking tours can also be pre booked.
Eat & Drink in Bordeaux
When in Bordeaux do as the Romans do! If you have not eaten and drunk your way through the fine cuisines and vino that the city has to offer, you have not made the most of your trip. One thing Bordeaux is not in short supply of, is food options! From fresh food markets to fine dining, Bordeaux caters for every culinary need. The French are very particular about their coffee and croissants, meaning most cafe's will serve up a delicious continental breakfast for just a few euros. If your a fan of oysters, the ones in Bordeaux are among the freshest! The oyster cart located by Maison Eccotaine will serve you 6 delicious oysters for 10€.
On the other side of the scale there are three restaurants that have two Michelin-stars. Gordon Ramsay devised an appetising menu at the Grand Hotel's restaurant Le Pressoir d'Argent, Nicolas Masse displays his culinary cuissene talents at La Grand'Vigne and Pierre Gagnaire delights at La Grande Maison. A trip to either one of these will be a dining experience not to forget.