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.
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.
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.
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.