How to prepare your vacations’Summer in Bordeaux ?
To leave in the south-west for the summer vacations is a practice more and more common in France of the last years. Between the cultural richness, the coastline and the mountain ranges, there is something for everyone. Difficult during your excursion in this part of France to miss the city of Bordeaux. It is an ideal destination to come and enjoy the summer with your friends or family.
The city, young and dynamic, is a mix between a large metropolitan city and a human-sized agglomeration. Crossed by the Garonne River, you live at the rhythm of the quays, mixing great gastronomy, nightlife and trendy parties.
How to choose your accommodation ?
For your accommodation on site, several options are available to you. You can book accommodation with a private individual, using the airbnb bordeaux concierge service, which will allow you to consult all available offers. You can also propose an exchange of accommodation between individuals if you are an owner, or find an acquaintance on the spot likely to welcome you a few days.
You can also book a hotel room in a traditional establishment. However, availability and prices may vary depending on the period you wish to visit.
When to go to Bordeaux during the summer vacations’summer and how long ?
The Ideal time to go to Bordeaux is without a doubt the end of the summer season. In September, the activity of the city has resumed, the beaches of the coast are less crowded and the vineyards of the area are preparing for the harvest. It’s time to come and enjoy all the good things about the city. This is the time of the year when there is the most to do in Bordeaux.
The weather is still good, with an average temperature of 20 degrees and most days of the month are completely sunny.
For the duration of the trip, plan at least one week to have time to discover all the nice areas of the city. There are also the beaches at 40 minutes drive or the great vineyards at the exit of the agglomeration.
What to see on the spot ?
Once you have found your accommodation, all you have to do is plan the different activities you can do on site.
Visit the cité du Vin
This new wine and vine museum is a must-see in the city of Bordeaux. Built in the Bassins à flots district, close to the submarine base, this pitcher-shaped building was built for the cultural influence of the region in terms of wine. On site, you can discover the history of vineyards from around the world and taste wines, each more delicious than the last.
Cross the left bank of the Bordeaux quays
Starting from the basins à flots and the cité du Vin, you can now go back down the whole city left bank of the quays. It is here that you will observe the new Chaban-Delmas lift bridge, the large hangars, or the city’s skate park. In the center of the quays stands the Place des Quinconces dominated by the statue of the Girondins, a historical monument much appreciated by the locals.
On the other side comes the sumptuous Place de la Bourse, with the water mirror and the Bir-Hakeim square, where stands before you the Porte de Bourgogne. You will finish your journey on the quays of Paludate at the level of the Saint-Jean station.
Going to a professional sports match
For sports enthusiasts, you can also go to the Matmut Atlantique stadium in the lake district, to watch a game of the Girondins de Bordeaux Football Club, which has been playing in the first division for more than 30 years now.
You can also go to the historical stadium of the city, the Jacques Chaban Delmas stadium, to watch a match of the rugby club of the city, the Union Bordeaux Bègles.
Enjoy the Arcachon basin
Finally, Bordeaux means Arcachon Basin. Go to the beaches of Cap Ferret or Arcachon to enjoy the sun, the basin or the ocean. The beaches are accessible by car from the city in less than an hour.