Bordeaux A to Z
Bordeaux and the area are very popular with tourists due to the proximity with the atlantic coast, so finding a hotel with good value for money can be a real challenge in July ! We advice you to book your accomodation as soon as possible, and to choose a place closed to a tram station to facilitate your journeys inside Bordeaux.
We usually enjoy a nice weather and summer temperatures in July, even if we can also have rainy days!! Before coming, don’t forget to check the weather !
Master Cards or Visa are accepted almost eveywhere in Bordeaux. However, a lot of small shops (Cafés, bars etc.) doesn’t accept payment with credit for small amounts (usually less than 10 or 15 euros).
There are plenty of restaurants in the city centre of Bordeaux, where you can have dinner from 19.00 to 23.00 according to restaurants.
European standard plugs are used (220 V).
Foreign currency exchange
There are several ICEF (International Currency Exchange France), at Mérignac International Airport and Bordeaux city centre (40 rue du DR Ch. Nancel Pénard, next to Place Gambetta) to buy or sell foreign currencies or traveller’s cheques.
La Garonne is the large river which crosses Bordeaux and on which cruises are possible.
Les Hangars (numbered from 14 to 19) are known for nightlife, bars and cafés, and for factory shops on the banks of the Garonne. One of the "places to be" of Bordeaux...
The Office de Tourisme will give you some itinaries to follow to visit Bordeaux according your wishes (walking tours, guided tours on foot, by bike...). There are a lot of places and monuments that you can’t miss in Bordeaux: Place de la Bourse, Miroir d’eau, Opéra de Bordeaux, Place des Quinconces, the Pont de Pierre, etc.
July in Bordeaux
July is public holidays in France. This is a nice and quiet period to visit the town, as most of locals and students are gone or are often enjoying a sunny day on the coast.
English is understood in most of bars, restaurants and shops in Bordeaux, but having some french notions is also appreciated.
A lot of Museums are opened for visits: Musée d’Aquitaine, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts), CAPC Musée d’art contemporain (Modern Art), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts), Musée d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History), Le jardin Botanique (Botanical Gardens), Centre National Jean Moulins (Collection of Second World War items), Musée National des Douanes (History of customs), Cap Sciences (Science and technology exhibition center), Musée du vin et du Négoce (about wine trade in Bordeaux)... More information about museums in Bordeaux
Most of bars in Bordeaux close at 02.00 am and are especially busy from Thursday until the end of the week-end.
Office du Tourisme
The main Office de Tourisme is located next to Place des Quinconces (Tramway line B or C, Quinconces station) and is opened every day, on Sundays included.
Link : http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/index_uk.html
Tramways and buses serve the whole city. Tramways are available from 05.00 am to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, and until 01.00 am from Thursday to Saturday. (Buses from 05.00 am to 23.00 pm according lines). Those information can be subject to changes with upcoming summer hours from 2013 July, 1st on.
Les Quais are a key part of Bordeaux, recently renovated, where people like having a drink or a simple walk at any time of the day, and at night after dinner. This is also a place where groups of friends bring their own food and beverage to eat together on the banks of the Garonne during summer.
Bordeaux is also known for its nice shopping places, like the long and famous rue Sainte-Catherine, from Place de la Victoire to Place de la Comédie, Les Grands Hommes and Cours de l’Intendance for luxurius brands, Le Quais des Marques for factory outlets, the Mériadeck Shopping Center, etc. Most of the shops are opened from 10.00 to 19.00, and are closed on Sundays.
Bordeaux has been inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 2007. All around the city, Bordeaux has more than 350 classified buildings and buildings listed as Historic Monuments.
Bordeaux is the wine worldwide capital, red and white wine are an entire part of the culture and identity of the city surrounded by grape vines of Médoc, Côte de Bourg, Blaye, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves and Sauternes, and, more than 4000 wine producing chateaux to discover.