Cheap flights to Bordeaux
The beautiful city of Bordeaux offers up a whole host of holiday goodies; the world’s best wine, a romantic city centre, culture by the bucket-load and even family-friendly beach resorts just a short train journey away. If you thought Paris was the only French city worthy of a romantic break, then think again.
Bordeaux, that city famous for its wine is vying for the title of France’s most amorous town. The reason? Well, it could have something to do with its newly revamped Neo-classical centre, its moonlit riverside walks, or its beautifully landscaped parks. One thing’s for sure, it won’t be long before you’re falling in love with Bordeaux and all its charms.
Recent renovations have seen the place transformed into a city full of warehouse-converted bars and restaurants, and pedestrianised squares brimming with cafes and buzzing with life.
Indulge in some dancing along the banks of the Garonne in the evenings from 16 July until 17 August. Enjoy free demonstrations by ballroom, salsa and rock and swing experts, plus outdoor workshops.
Bordeaux Fete le Fleuve takes place on 22-31 May. This biennial festival celebrates the Garonne River. In addition to parades and outdoor concerts along the quay, be sure not to miss the boat races and fireworks.
Don't miss the exhibition Victor Louis: from Rome to Bordeaux. Best known as the designer of the Grand Theatre opera house in Bordeaux, this exhibition outlines the other local buildings designed or inspired by this 18th-century architect, who was famously disqualified from winning the Prix de Rome in architecture in 1755 (Espace Patrimoine et Inventaire d'Aquitaine, 5 Place Jean Jaurès, inventaire.aquitaine.fr).
Catch the third edition of the Bordeaux Independent Film Festival on 7-12 October. Films will be shown at cinemas throughout the city and ticket holders are also welcome at the headquarters in Cours Mably for free happy hour and concerts. fifib.com
Escape to the Weekend des Grands Crus (29-31 May) for the opportunity to taste the acclaimed 2012 vintage of over 100 Bordeaux châteaux, many of which are presented by the winemakers themselves. There is also the possibility to attend dinners and vineyard tours. ugcb.net
From 24 January until 4 February, catch 30/30: Short Encounters, during which a number of 30-minute performances will be held throughout the city, showcasing dance, theatre and music and featuring puppeteers, circus performers and artists. marchesdelete.com
Don't miss the Christmas market on Allées de Tourny, where, from late November, you can taste your way through seasonal delights such as raclette cheese sandwiches and spiced wine and peruse the timber stalls with their leather goods, toys, food and trinkets, all illuminated by the city lights. uk.rendezvousenfrance.com
Visit the village of Castillion-La-Bataille in July and August to see the historical re-enactment of the famous battle of 1453. Performed on the outskirts of town, this two-hour performance begins at dusk and features 500 actors, including 50 horsemen. batailledecastillon.com