Flights to Bordeaux
Best known for its wines, Bordeaux is a port city in France and is capital of the Aquitaine region, in south west France. The combination of great wines, food, culture and history available in Bordeaux make this one of France’s most desirable city destinations.
The Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (airport code: BOD) is 10 kilometres outside Bordeaux, in the small town of Merignac. Most flights to Bordeaux from Johannesburg have one connection, except for Swiss Air with a 2-stop route through Zurich and Paris. A one stop flight to Bordeaux can be taken with Iberia via Madrid, or via London with British Airways. KLM also has a route with 1 transfer in Amsterdam. A flight to Bordeaux from South Africa is around 13 hours with Iberia, and closer to 20 with other airlines.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bordeaux:
Bordeaux has a great deal of history to discover, much of which can be found within its historic centre, added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list for its wonderful variety of architecture. And this is where many tourists begin their visit to Bordeaux.
Landmarks of Bordeaux
With such a fine selection of beautiful architecture it’s doubtless you’ll run out of things to see in Bordeaux. There are many wonderful buildings to admire, including: the neo-classical Grand Theatre, where you might catch a performance by the Opera National de Bordeaux. There is Bordeaux Cathedral, dating back to 1096, though only the original nave remains – most of what you see here now dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. And make sure you see Place de la Bourse is stunning by day, but at night when it’s lit up and reflects off the water, it’s quite spectacular.
Museums in Bordeaux
Bordeaux has a good selection of museums too. For art lovers there are several options, from the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux with its fine arts. This is one of the largest art galleries outside of Paris and many famous names are displayed here including Renoir and Picasso. For modern art lovers, Bordeaux offers the Musee d’Art Contemporain.
For history the Musee d’Aquitaine is highly recommended. It features objects dating back as far as 25,000 years and charts the history of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region as a whole.
Shopping in Bordeaux
Bordeaux has a high class feel when it comes to shopping and there are some lovely areas in the city that are perfect for some window shopping. (Rue) Sainte-Catherine Street is one of the most popular, and being fully pedestrianised you don’t have to worry about vehicular traffic. Lined with attractive buildings, the street runs for 1.2 kilometres and at one end is an enclosed shopping mall, called Galerie Bordelaise, opened in 1834.
When Should You Visit?:
Mild temperatures across the year mean Bordeaux could be visited at any time of the year, but whenever you come prepare for rainfall as it’s fairly constant every month, though least so in June to August. These are also the warmest months with average highs of around the mid 20’s C. Winter remains mild though being damp it may feel colder than the average high in January, of 10C.