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Welcome to Bordeaux !


Capital of Aquitaine, Bordeaux is mostly known for its various wines, which are considered among the best in the world. However, it is also a very nice place to visit... For other reasons.

The city itself is one of the 5 biggest cities in France, gathering about 660,000 people, counting the surroundings. It is a very lively place, with a lot of students (Bordeaux Campus is the biggest in France) and big foreigners communities.

People and culture

It is considered as a very tolerant place, no one there will bother you about your political beliefs, religion, or sexual orientation.

The cultural, artistic, and musical local scenes are very active.

People from Bordeaux sometimes feel, for some reason, jealous of people from Paris - Bordeaux has this nickname of "Little Paris", so if you go around and meet locals, you will find sometimes heated arguments (who said "flame wars" ?) on that topic.


Football (soccer) is a very popular sport in Bordeaux, as the F.C. Girondins, the football club, is one of the best in France (and I don't recommend you talking football in the city, it's another sensitive subject).

If you are a sport-lover, Bordeaux is a very nice city for practicing roller-skating (or roller-blading) and other "skating sports".


A bit about geography now. Bordeaux is a huge and flat city, surrounding the end of a river, the Garonne, which merges a dozen kilometers below the city with another river to form the Gironde, the biggest estuary of the country.

The ocean is around 60 kilometers west.

The city center is located west and south of the river. To the east are the few and only hills of Bordeaux, delimitating the beginning of an industrial zone and suburbs. A good, although not extensively used, means of transportation is the bicycle: with a total 17 km of bike tracks, Bordeaux is among the best performers in France.

There are no skyscrapers in Bordeaux, just a few tall buildings, which explains it is very extended in space. The center of the town is mostly made of nice-looking stone mansions, which are probably the reason of the city nickname "Little Paris".

Modern buildings can be found west (administrative center) and south (university) of the city.

Get In

As a big city, Bordeaux is reachable by several means.

By Plane

Merignac's airport is located west of the city, and local as well as international flights are available. Several flights a day do Paris-Bordeaux.

A bus will take travellers to the town center, and makes several stops in the city. There's a bus every 40 minutes.

By Train

The train station is located in the town center. Several trains per day (around one every two hours) go north (to Paris, Angoulème, Poitiers), south (to Toulouse, Marseille, up to Nice), and east (to Périgueux and Clermont-Ferrand).

You can take a bus or a taxi in front of the station.

Check the references at the bottom of this article for more information.

By Car

You can reach Bordeaux by car from north (taking A10 highway or N10), south (taking A63 highway), and east. A beltway goes around the city.

If possible, try to avoid hours as 08-10 AM and 04-07 PM, as the beltway is usually overcrowded.

By Bus

I don't have much info on that... The bus station is located just in front of the train station, in the center of the town. Euroline buses provide service to the city.

Check the references at the bottom of this article for more information.

To be continued

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