Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport is a busy airport serving mainly city break and leisure needs. Air France links it to Paris airports while British Airways flies from London Gatwick to Bordeaux. Easyjet flights include routes from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice and Brussels, as well as other French cities and London airports. Iberia flies from Madrid, TAP from Portugal and Ryanair from Cork, Edinburgh, Seville, Rome and London Stanstead. The airport is located 12 km West of Bordeaux and linked to the city by Jet Bus Shuttles, as well as by taxi or car rental.
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Bordeaux is considered to be one of the best wine capitals in the world, making its gastronomy and wine-tasting a big draw for visitors. Recent years have seen the city's neglected dock areas revived into cultural and entertainment hot spots of museums, gardens, cafes and restaurants. Along with a huge student population, this gives Bordeaux a lively cosmopolitan feel and vibrant nightlife. From the shores of the Garonne River visitors can take boat trips towards the estuary or admire the unique architecture of the Aquitaine Bridge. The historical centre contains the Musée d'Aquitaine and the quirky Musée National des Douanes which highlights French traditions and customs. Wine buffs can discover the history of the wine trade in the Musée du Vin et du Négoce. A short drive into the surrounding countryside of the Medoc and Graves regions takes visitors through some of the country's oldest vineyards, with opportunities for wine-tasting stops en-route.