Welcome to the enchanting world of Bordeaux, France. This southwestern city is not just a destination, but a experience that blends historical grandeur, cultural vibrancy, and gastronomic excellence. As you meander through its charming streets you’ll marvel at its architectural wonders. It won’t take long to discover why Bordeaux stands as a jewel in France’s crown. Embark on this journey of exploration and immerse yourself in the allure of Bordeaux.
Discover Europe’s largest sand dune, the breathtaking Dune du Pilat. Just an hour away from Bordeaux City, this natural wonder boasts stunning views of both a majestic pine forest and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the bay of Arcachon. Whether you choose to conquer the 250-step staircase or tackle the 330-foot climb up the sandy slope, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Luckily, a fabulous restaurant awaits at a charming boutique hotel nearby, offering mouthwatering seafood with a spectacular view. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience
When it comes to seafood, the Arcachon Bay is a must-visit destination. This beautiful area, located along the way to the dune, is famous for its Marennes-Oleron oysters. These exquisite delicacies are cultivated in the region and offer a delicately refined taste. Considered one of the top oyster destinations in both France and Europe, the charming coastal town of Arcachon boasts a picturesque waterside promenade and charming shops. And when you indulge in some oysters here, be sure to savor them like the locals do – with a squeeze of lemon, some crusty bread, and a dollop of butter. It’s a truly delightful experience that’s not to be missed!
In the last ten years, Bordeaux has undergone a remarkable transformation. No longer just a quiet train stop on the way to vineyards, it has become a must-visit destination. The scenic Garonne river promenade connects different parts of the city, with a breathtaking Water Mirror at its heart. Grab a bike, enjoy a leisurely ride along the river, and don’t forget to capture some stunning photos along the way.
Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of culture, filled with museums, churches, and theaters. A visit to the Bassin de Lumieres, a former German submarine base turned art space, is a must. Prepare yourself for a mesmerizing experience as art installations are projected onto gigantic concrete walls and mirrored in the water beneath.
When strolling down Rue St. Catherine, the longest pedestrian street in France, or exploring the culinary delights of Bordeaux, you will discover an abundance of palate-pleasing treats. Among them, the Canele stands out as an iconic local delicacy. This petite pastry packs a flavorful punch with its rich batter made from egg yolks (a byproduct of winemaking), rum, vanilla, and butter. Dating back hundreds of years, this dense and custardy cake is a must-try when visiting the region. Its name derives from the charming fluted mold in which it is baked, making it a perfect souvenir for yourself or any food-loving friends.
If you’re not a huge wine enthusiast, don’t worry! The Cite du Vin is an interactive museum offers captivating exhibits that cover all aspects of the wine industry. From the famous Bordeaux region to the rest of the world, there’s something to intrigue anyone’s curiosity. Discover scent profiles, dive into history, understand geographical boundaries, and explore the socio-economic impact of wine, all presented in a user-friendly format. Plus, all exhibits are available in both English and French, making it easy for you to impress your friends with viniculture knowledge at your next gathering.
Whatever brings you to the Bordeaux region, be it a tour, business, or a river cruise, take the time to enjoy the multitude of cultural and gastronomic offerings. So much more than just a train station hop to Paris, Bordeaux provides everything you love about the big city in a much more manageable space. If you want to find out more about this corner of France shoot me an email. Jennifer@gourmetadventurestravel.com.
At Gourmet Adventures Travel Co., I craft culinary getaways for travelers who love to eat well and yearn to truly savor the authentic side of their destination. From a river cruise through Provencal wine country to a journey through the heady spice markets and medinas of Morocco, you'll taste your way through the world's most enchanting landscapes.