Bordeaux tourism and travel guide

Photo of Bordeaux in Gironde

Visit Bordeaux: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Bordeaux is an unmissable town, one of the most lively and interesting in France and with lots to see and museums to visit...

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Bordeaux. For detailed visitor information see the Bordeaux travel guide.

Bordeaux is situated in the Gironde department and Aquitaine region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the south-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Gironde department (general information: Bordeaux is 499 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in Bordeaux

The waterfront in Bordeaux is among the highlights of a visit to this lovely city: Bordeaux Waterfront

Chartrons is an attractive quarter of Bordeaux: Bordeaux-Chartrons

The musée d'Aquitaine has an interesting collection relating to Bordeaux since prehistoric times.: Musée d'Aquitaine

The Musée des Beaux Arts of Bordeaux has an interesting collection of fine art including works by Renoir and Rubens: Musée des Beaux Arts

Tourist classifications for Bordeaux include "heritage site", "national monument", "secteur sauvegarde", "town of art and history" and "zoo or wildlife park". It is unusual for a town to have 5 awards, which indicates how important Bordeaux is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Musée des Beaux Arts at 0 km and Musée d'Aquitaine at 0 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Bordeaux, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Bordeaux in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Gironde

Map of places to visit near Bordeaux

Markets in and near Bordeaux

Market days in Bordeaux: weekly market: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday all day & Friday;

  • Bordeaux: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday all day & Friday (0km)
  • Begles: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Cenon: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Bruges: market Saturday (6km)
  • Gradignan: market Saturday (8km)
  • Eysines: market Sunday (8km)
  • Carbon-Blanc: market Thursday (9km)
  • Bassens: market Sunday (9km)
  • Blanquefort: market Saturday (10km)
  • Leognan: market Saturday (12km)

More information about Bordeaux, Aquitaine

Tourist attractions near Bordeaux, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Bordeaux.

Heritage sites

National Monuments

Churches and religious monuments

  • Collégiale et chapelle de la Trinité (Saint-Emilion) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps) (44km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de Mongenan (20km)
  • Parc du château de Grenade (20km)
  • Jardins du château de Vayres (22km)
  • Jardin du Fond de l’or (23km)
  • Parc du château Lanessan (33km)
  • Jardins du château de Malle (38km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Bec d'Ambès (23km)
  • Domaine de Certes (38km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Bordeaux

Canton: Bordeaux

Arrondissement: Bordeaux

Department: Gironde

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 33000

Distance to Bordeaux

from Bordeaux (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 499 km

from Calais: 703 km

from Nice: 637 km

from Bordeaux: 0 km

from Strasbourg: 759 km

Getting here

Bordeaux is in the south-west of France. Most visitors will fly into Bordeaux airport (or Bergerac) while drivers should allow 7-8 hours driving time from the ports at Le Havre or Cherbourg. For driving distances to Bordeaux from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 11 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Begles, Bouliac, Bruges, Cenon, Eysines, Floirac, Le Bouscat, Lormont, Merignac, Pessac and Talence.

This page in French: Visiter Bordeaux