It might be the centre of the famed winemaking region, but Bordeaux has so much more to offer those looking for a journey packed with cultural wonder. From Gothic cathedrals and contemporary art museums, to beautiful boulevards and pristine public gardens, the port city boasts many unforgettable sights – within and beyond its borders. Discover Bordeaux and its lush surrounds for yourself with a hire car from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport.
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Pick up your Avis hire car from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport and make the short 12km journey to the port city’s centre in a cool 15 minutes.
Many cities across the world boast UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but few are granted World Heritage status in their entirety like Bordeaux.
As a 15th century monument built to commemorate the victory of King Charles VIII at the Battle of Fornovo, Porte Cailhau might be the most famous of all the city’s historic sites. From here, admire stunning views of Pont de Pierre, the oldest bridge in the city.
Of course no trip to Bordeaux is complete without touring the wine country. Use your hire car to take in the various vineyards and learn about the local winemaking process that has cemented Bordeaux’s reputation as one of the greatest producers of wine in the world.
Foodies can’t miss Le Gabriel – the city’s iconic restaurant that bagged a Michelin star just eight months after opening. The fillet of venison with steamed celeriac is recommended.
From Bordeaux-Merignac Airport, it’s possible to discover fascinating destinations in the region surrounding Bordeaux too. The following locations can be reached in less than two hours on the road.
Drive 90 minutes east of Bordeaux and you’ll arrive in the town of Bergerac. Another hotspot for wine connoisseurs, you’ll find many family-run vineyards in the rolling hills that hug the town. For light entertainment, take the time to visit Le Music Hall – an old-fashioned theatre venue home to regular cabaret shows.
After a leisurely two-hour drive, arrive in Sorges – the truffle capital of France. Highly recommended is the Sentier des Truffières – a truffle trail that takes you through farms and walnut plantations in the spectacular surrounding countryside. At the Musée de la Truffe you can learn all about the cultivation of this luxurious type of food and also buy truffle jams, chutneys, mustards, and – of course – fresh truffles.
Jump into your car hired from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport and start exploring the port city and beyond at your leisure.
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