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Bordeaux is the capital city of the Gironde Department that includes 180 kilometers of beaches, thousands of hectares of woodland to roam, hundreds of kilometers of paths to walk along and the Regional Natural Park of Landes de Gascogne.

From north to south, beautiful spots are to be discovered: the Gironde estuary and the Cordouan lighthouse and the Medoc area (www.pauillac-medoc.com), the colorful seaside resorts along the ocean (Lacanau, Soulac, Montalivet) (www.medococean.com), the Basin d’Arcachon and Cape Ferret, centers for oyster farming and natural home for birds (www.arcachon.com ), Blaye, on the right bank of the Gironde estuary (www.tourisme-blaye.com), on the Unesco World heritage list since 2008, Saint Emilion, an enchanting mediaeval town perched on a hillside, overlooking its reputed vineyards, is also listed in the Unesco World Heritage (www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com )

Bordeaux is a family destination that offers unforgettable and varied activities for everyone with a wide range of sports, leisure and discovery activities (zoos, educational and discovery farms, up and about exhibitions, cooking lessons for kids, and treasure hunts).

Bordeaux can be chosen to organize business events with many prestigious venues and several Convention Centers; the Bordeaux Convention Bureau (www.bgcb.com), a nonprofit organization is the privileged partner for meetings, incentive trips, conferences and exhibitions.

Thanks to its great wines and exquisite cuisine, the Bordeaux area has an excellent gastronomic tradition. The city of Bordeaux is France’s capital of good taste! Rich gourmet food and traditional specialties are served in fine restaurants. Savor exquisite regional dishes accompanied by one of the thousands of Bordeaux wines.

Bordeaux and its surroundings offer a whole world of well being where only serenity, tranquillity and relaxation exist… a world in which the visitor is the center of attention, offering Thalassotherapy, spa, health therapy, post-natal treatment, slimming courses, anti-stress balneotherapy, and beauty weekends.

Activities

Many activities, city visits, museums, river cruises are available at the Bordeaux Tourism office: www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

Accommodation

A large range of hotels are located either in the city center, close to the airport, or on the bank of a lake, next to the Exhibition Fair Grounds and Conference centers.

www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

Transportation

By Road

A well-developed road network leads to Bordeaux.

Motorways connections:

  • Paris – Bordeaux – Madrid
  • Hambourg – Bordeaux – Bilbao
  • Bordeaux – Toulouse – Barcelone
  • Bordeaux – Toulouse – Marseille – Nice
  • Bordeaux – Périgueux - Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon

Railway Transportation

The Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station welcomes from 220 up to 260 trains including high-speed trains connections (TGV) between Paris and Bor-deaux.

Travel time:

  • 3 hours from Paris to Bordeaux
  • 5 hours from Lille to Bordeaux
  • 6 hours from Brussels to Bordeaux

Some TGV trains stop at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. Several “Atlantic TGV” call at Bordeaux but also at Libourne, Arcachon, Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye and Pau.

Information, rates, and booking: www.sncf.com

Train station distance from the city center:

4 km from the city centre / 10 minutes by car / 8 minutes by tram

Air Travel

Paris is less than an hour away from the French big cities, and less than 3 hours away from the big European cities.

Bordeaux-Paris: 20 flights a day.

There are several daily connections between Bordeaux and the major French cities and connections with major cities in Europe: London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Brussels, Lisbon, Geneva, and Frankfurt.

Information, rates, and booking Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport : www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr 

Airport distance from the city center:

  • 12 km (around 30 minutes by car)
  • Shuttle transportation: From the airport to the city center, every 30 minutes
  • City Bus (Line # 1)

Car Rental – with drivers

Car Rental 

  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • National Citer
  • Ada 

Taxis

  • Espace taxi

City Transportation

A brand new tram with over 40 km of track and numerous bus lines will take you all around the city. TBC connect: www.infotbc.com

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October 15, 2014
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