Many wine-lovers get flights to Bordeaux just for its most famous export, but there is plenty to see and do here besides. The city’s 18th-century architecture is exquisite, and one can imagine how shipping merchants who approached along the Garonne river would have been struck by the cityscape.
A lot of Bordeaux’s town centre is pedestrianised which is ideal for those who like to explore. Walking along Sainte-Catherine Street you’ll see monuments and statues among the cobbled streets, and grand buildings like the Saint-André Cathedral. Followers of fashion should head to Cours de L’Intendence, home to all the top designer boutiques, and the converted ancient market of Grand Hommes at nearby Triangle d’Or.
The Water Mirror is a beguiling attraction that you’ll want to see on a hot day. Set between the river and the grand old civic buildings of the Plac de la Bourse, this large flat space is filled with about 1/2 inch of water and mist to create a magical atmosphere.
One thing’s for certain, you’ll have wine on your agenda when you get cheap flights to Bordeaux. You can go around the surrounding areas and pop in randomly to wineries, but it’s worth heading to the Maison du Vin by Place des Quinconces first. It’s a central hub for organising winery tours and they also offer courses on how to tune your palate to make the most of wine tasting. Of course, they also serve wine there too so you won’t have to go far if you feel like staying put.