Bordeaux (summer only)
Salut to Bordeaux! We think it’s more apt to say cheers in France’s stately southwest city. Rising from the banks of the Garonne, spend time exploring wide boulevards, ancient chateaux and relax into the sound of gently popping corks.
Breeze through the terminal and fly from Southampton to Bordeaux’ temperate climes in just two hours. With it’s mild winters and hot summers, there’s never a bad time to visit.
Think honey hued architecture, sparkling stretches of water and that wine heritage and that’s only half the story of Bordeaux. This is a city – and a region – of plenty. From endless stretches of sand on the nearby Cap Ferret to the Statue of Liberty (yes, really), explore stately squares, the Grand Théâtre and fortified gates, there are hidden treasures everywhere you turn.
Grab a weekend and head to the shops on the Rue Sainte-Catherine, or head to the chateaux - Bordeaux has a little something pour grignoter for everyone.
With a flight time from Southampton airport of around 2 hours, there’s never a better time to breeze through the airport to Bordeaux. Fly into Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, 12km west of the city and there’s a whole host of transport options to suit every type of holiday.
The Jet’Bus service is the airport shuttle with stops through to Gare St. Jean, as well as normal bus services, taxis and car hire at Bordeaux airport you’ll also find the new mototaxis, for travel en plein air.
Top things to see and do
From Pomerol to Graves, the office of tourism has created this nifty tool to help you create your own wine trail.
Back to school
City sponsored, relaxed and informal take your wine knowledge up a notch at the Ecole du Vin.
Head to Le Marche des Capucins, Bordeaux’ main covered market. Great for people watching, even better for food – it’s where all the chef’s shop.
Off the beaten track
For drinkers who run (or runners who drink) September hosts the brilliant Médoc Marathon. It’s a proper marathon, with fancy dress abounds but with a French twist - wine is served as a refreshment. We love.
Les Sources de Caudalie is just outside Bordeaux and niftily owned by Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Stay, eat and best of all spa amidst the vineyards. Put it on your list and indulge.
Lactose lovers need Baud et Millet, the Bordeaux restaurant dedicated to cheese. With a cheese cellar offering 100 types, how many can fit on one plate (or in one tummy?)