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With striking historic architecture, splendid countryside and one of France's best selection of wineries, Bordeaux car rental is a fantastic way to enjoy the area. Spend time strolling around the port and visiting the magnificent châteaux, and see more when you head out and explore the surrounding destinations. With the wonderful towns of Cognac, Libourne and Bergerac close by, renting a car in Bordeaux will set you up for an unforgettable holiday in France. Enjoy Bordeaux with the family or as a romantic getaway among inspiring surroundings.

It's your choice: What to do in Bordeaux

There's plenty to suit every taste in Bordeaux; with sightseeing, wine tasting and drives or walks through the countryside, all in a beautiful location.

  • Within the city itself are the imposing Place de la Bourse, which is a gorgeous 18th-century square, as well as the Porte de Cailhau. This dates from the 15th century, and has long been the historic gateway into the city, welcoming visitors with its magnificent castle-like appearance.
  • Wine has been produced here since Roman times, and when you rent a car in Bordeaux you can make the most of touring the vineyards. Just appoint a designated driver and visit iconic wine destinations such as Château Latour and Château Lafite-Rothschild.
  • The Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park is a sprawling wilderness of over 300,000 hectares to explore. There are plenty of activity centres and museums to keep kids and adults alike happy here, such as at Garein and Moustey.

Where to go in Bordeaux to eat and what you should try

One of the main appealing factors of renting a car in Bordeaux is the ability to get out and enjoy the region’s gastronomic excellence. However, Bordeaux itself has an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from. Visit Le Pavillon des Boulevards for modern European food, or Le Chapon Fin for the best of France.
Entrecôte bordelais is the region's most famous dish, consisting of tender beef steak served with shallots and a rich red wine sauce. La Brasserie Bordelaise if a must-visit for wine aficionados, offering 700 different varieties alongside delicious cuts of meat with fresh, local trimmings. The famous Fête des Boeufs Gras de Bazas takes place annually and is a celebration dedicated to the region’s delicious beef. Locals take great pride in the boneless marbled steak, and festival goers compete to determine whose cow is the biggest and best.
For pudding, indulge in canelés, a delicious rum-infused cake. The locals sometimes enjoy these as a sweet breakfast treat. Of course, it will be easy to find a superb wine to accompany that special meal out, too.
What could be better for a romantic getaway, or an introduction to the wonders of French cuisine with the kids? Also, drive out to the surrounding towns, such as Marmande, with its top choice of traditional and intimate eateries.

Important Info about Bordeaux

The region is excellent for making the most of the urban and rural character of France, in a delightfully mild-to-warm climate that's perfect for drives when you rent a car in Bordeaux. Temperatures are usually hotter than the UK throughout the year, reaching the high-20°C or even higher in the middle of summer. Spring and autumn can be an ideal time to visit, when it's less busy and you can appreciate the changing colours of the magnificent surrounding forests. As well as the enormous Landes de Gascogne, you can easily drive to the Périgord Limousin Natural Regional Park. Head here for the day and visit Brie, home of the much-loved cheese, or perhaps even stop for a day or two and enjoy some camping in the inspiring surroundings. You'll see many of the most beautiful landscapes of the Aquitaine and Haute-Vienne regions here.

Weather in Bordeaux
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Country France
Language French
Currency Euro
Time-Zones GMT -1
Capital Paris

Good to know

Driving around France is a very pleasant experience thanks to its well-planned and well-maintained road network. Just remember that you'll drive on the right-hand side of the road, and call 112 if you need the emergency services. You can also call this number if you break down, or preferably from one of the orange telephones posted about 2 km apart on the motorways. Bring along your passport, driving licence, and evidence of insurance and vehicle registration. Also, remember to pack reflective jackets, headlamp beam deflectors, a warning triangle, a GB sticker, a spare bulb kit and a breathalyser test. With these items, you'll be totally prepared for any eventuality when driving around Bordeaux and the rest of France. This is one of the very best destinations for road trips in France.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Bordeaux

Bordeaux to Biarritz is one of the most popular road trips to take when you rent a car in Bordeaux. You'll have the gorgeous Pyrenées mountains as a backdrop, and can stop at the vineyards and villages, with their own speciality goods such as preserved foods and cheeses. Arriving at Biarritz, you'll be able to explore one of the best coastlines in France. This area is great for surfing or just enjoying a day at the beach with the family before heading back.
A day trip to Saint-Émilion keeps you within the Bordeaux region, and you'll be able to visit one of France's most beloved medieval towns. The perfectly preserved houses and 12th century church will make you feel like you've travelled back in time. If you want to go even further back through history, head to Périgord Noir, with its astounding prehistoric cave art at Lascaux.
Finally, Le Bassin d’Arcachon is one of the most beautiful nearby destinations you can enjoy by car from Bordeaux. The Atlantic-facing basin features breath-taking sand dunes, calm water to enjoy on hot days and is one of the best places in western France to enjoy freshly caught oysters.

What to bring to your friends from Bordeaux

An obvious yet delightful choice of gift for friends and loved ones back home is a bottle of Bordeaux wine. The prices on even the best ones are far better than back home, and you'll be able to taste a few to see which are your favourites. Beyond that, the local foods make for excellent gifts or even just treats to enjoy as you drive from destination to destination.
You may well fall in love with canelé cakes, and these are other delightful gifts to bring back as presents.
With Cognac nearby, a bottle of the beloved brandy will also be well received by any connoisseurs in the family. The town itself is well worth visiting for the Royal Castle and Musée des Arts du Cognac, although you'll easily be able to find a bottle in Bordeaux.