Beggaring belief: budget breaks in Bordeaux

A weekend of wonders and wine – all of this is on tap in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. What has surprised me most is that a weekend there needn’t break the bank.

Perhaps like me, when you think of Bordeaux, it is the local wines that spring to mind. There’s no denying that the region boasts some of the best – and most expensive – wines in the world. These include Graves, Médoc, Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.

The city is stunning too. Unesco named it a world heritage site. With its generous boulevards, large squares and mediaeval passageways, there is something for everyone.

The city’s waterfront has been smartened up in recent years too – and the modern fountains that were installed as part of the gentrification are a stunning attraction for families and couples alike to enjoy.

Importantly, the city offers by far the best place for shopping in the whole of the Aquitaine region.

It also has its fair share of cafés and restaurants, so there’s one to suit every pocket. (I’ll talk more about some of my favourite haunts another time.)

I’ve been to Bordeaux many times. Like its wines, it always delights.

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10 thoughts on “Beggaring belief: budget breaks in Bordeaux

  1. Karen Stephen on said:

    Ah, Bordeaux. My association is to a scene in my novel, based on fact, where my protagonist gets hoodwinked into participating in the 1996 bombing of the Bordeaux Hotel de Ville by the FLNC. Imagine the gilded salons and grisailles are all back up to snuff.

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  2. Although it’s only 3 hours’ or so drive away, I’ve never been to Bordeaux in all my 17 years in France. I hope to rectify that this year. I understand the makeover has made a big difference.

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  3. We are planning a trip in April. Tips on where to stay, svp?!

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  4. Having explored all other regions of France except Gironde and Bretagne, we were thinking to fly via Heathrow to Bordeaux, drive up to Rennes and then circle around to Nantes. Any special thoughts? We’re thinking two weeks total. Appreciate anything you’ve found especially attractive in this area.

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    • I’d recommend an afternoon in Saint-Émilion – it’s a bit touristy but thoroughly charming all the same. On your drive up, how about stops in La Rochelle and Île de Ré? The salt marshes in Guérande are interesting too. When you’re actually in Brittany itself, how about Vannes and the Gulf of Morbihan? Dinan is also very pretty. Hope that helps!

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