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.
Enjoy bargain hunting at the Bordeaux Antiques Fair, from the 18 November until the 4 December. With over 200 stalls, this biannual event regularly attracts over 150,000 visitors. On the surface, bargains may seem hard to come by but take the time to rummage and hunt through old suitcases and drawers and who knows what treasures you'll find. Don't forget to haggle!
Bistrot! From Baudelaire to Picasso at the Cité du Vin, where over 100 literary and artistic works will be exhibited to highlight the role played by cafés and bistros in society from 18th to the mid 20th century. www.laciteduvin.com
...acts during Le Fous Rire comedy festival, the first of its kind in Bordeaux, featuring 80 well known and up and coming comedians. Held at locations throughout the city from the 18 to the 25 March. More information at http://lesfousriresdebordeaux.fr/.
See outdoor films for free on the quays of Pauillac as part of the second edition of the Vendanges du 7ème Art, happening from 13-17 July. For information and showings visit http://vendangesdu7emeart.fr/.
To the biannual Antiques Fair where over 200 dealers will set up shop on the Places des Quinconces, hoping to attract buyers and bargain hunters to their displays ranging from furniture to electric bikes, and crockery to quirky ornaments. 28 April to 8 May.
to Le Marche des Capucins, the city's largest and most authentic food market, also known as the belly of Bordeaux.' Home to quality butchers, fishmongers and fruit and vegetable sellers, with many stalls manned by the farmers themselves, pick up the ingredients for a picnic or have some oysters and white wine whilst watching the bustle.
Bordeaux S.O Good runs from 18 to 20 November, and is described as an urban food festival. 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.
The newly opened Cité du Vin in Bordeaux is billed as Disneyland for adults, and it's not hard to see why: expect a sensory adventure through cultures and civilisations, all related to the production of wine. Tickets include a wine tasting on the 7th floor, overlooking the city. For more information visit www.laciteduvin.com.