Bordeaux is famous for being the centre of the well-known wine region. However, with its elegant buildings, public gardens and cacophony of galleries and museums it's also a city of culture and creativity. Once home to the wealthy and refined, contemporary Bordeaux has adopted a more casual vibe. Visit the St Pierre district to admire the cities medieval heritage that contrasts vibrantly with the modern clubs and bars, or wander through the bustling Capucins market for some tasty food. A long stroll along the river offers the perfect excuse to duck into a bar for a drink, or try wine-tasting at one of the rural vineyards.
If you’re travelling to Bordeaux by air, Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac is situated 8km from the centre and can be reached via a non-stop shuttle bus. Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean is 10 minutes from the centre and trains from Paris take 3 hours. There is also a tram and bus system running between 5am and 1am that connects all areas of the city to the centre.
The city centre is pedestrian friendly so exploring by foot is easy if you have the time. Bordeaux's tram system is efficient and inexpensive and there are various buses and a ferry service that link the different sides of the city. Driving in the centre is not recommended but exploring the outer districts and countryside is best done by car or coach. Bordeaux is ideal for cycling as it is flat and has a great bike rental system.