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.
The fourth edition of the Bordeaux independent film festival happens from 8-14 October. Films will be shown at cinemas in the city and surrounding area as well as outdoors at Cour Mably, which will transform into a dance floor from 10.30pm. For more information visit fifib.com.
Don't miss Tchaikovsky's masterpiece ballet, Swan Lake, as interpreted by Charles Jude with the action transported to the mists of Scotland. Until 5 July. opera-bordeaux.com
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).
Head to Bordeaux S.O Good from 20-22 November. Described as an urban food festival, where food meets wine over three days, it's a great way to see the city and sample good food at the same time. Temporary markets in the city centre offer the possibility to sample the best from South West France, including truffles, caviar and chocolate, with special dishes prepared by local Michelin starred chefs. For more information visit bordeauxsogood.fr.
Catch the Saint Emilion Jazz Festival where, over four nights, the ruins of the town and nearby châteaux will play host to artists such as French jazz sensation Ben L'Oncle Soul and China Moses, with over 14 concerts scheduled on 17-19 July. saint-emilion-jazz-festival.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