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On the banks of the Garonne River is one of the most infamous wine areas in all of France, the magnificent city of Bordeaux. The city itself is the 6th largest city in all of France and has a population of over 700,000 people. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a lovely history dating back to 300 BC when it was just Celtic Tribes who ruled over the last. Now, it has transformed into the modern city it is today, otherwise known as “Little Paris.”
Although the city itself is rather flat, it has been able to create some pretty amazing scenery. With the help of the Dordogne River, it has formed the biggest estuary in France, the Gironde Estuary.
If you are a lover of outdoor activities like bicycling, you’ll certainly love Bordeaux when you’re not busy trying some of its world-famous wine.
Bordeaux Attractions by Motorhome Hire
Although drinking and driving do not mix, you certainly cannot miss the ability to drive and visit all the wineries in Bordeaux. Although it may seem difficult with the abundance of different wineries, a simple map or guided tour may be just what you are looking for. Nobody is in a rush in this wonderful city, so why should you? Most people choose to stay for a day or two at each winery region – to truly taste and experience all the different flavors. Generally, most people will begin their journey in Bordeaux and head to Ludon-Medoc. While they make that drive, they’ll stop at one of the most famous estates: Château la Lagune, before heading to Château Maucamps and Château Prieuré Lichine. One may also love to make their way to Château Mouton-Rothschild’s visitor center and museum, one of the most famous wineries in the region. One can also make the drive to St Émilion, to see its 13th-century cobblestone streets.
The drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Émilion is quite easy but well worth the adventure and should certainly not be skipped .Just off the N89, you’ll discover one of the areas most prized gems.
If you get a chance, you should also take a ferry to places like Royan which are only an hour and half drive, then a ferry. You’ll get to explore the Poitou-Charentes region of western France, a place that many people overlook but certainly shouldn’t.
Bordeaux & Nearby Attractions
Bordeaux, being a historic city offers more than just wine tasting for tourist attractions. Les Quais is a great place to stretch your legs and take a walk around the shores of Garonne. You also have the Aquitaine Bridge here as well.
If you are a lover of bridges, in the same area is the famous Jacques-Chaban-Delmas lift bridge, known for raising up 53 meters for sail boats and cruise ships to pass through.
If you want to learn about some random history and how the area, in fact, has a Roman history, be sure to check out the Victory Arch in La Victoire. Be sure to also check out Quinconces Square, while touring around, to see even more wonderful architecture like the fountain monument.
For those that love museums, Bordeaux certainly has 2 very popular ones. Musee D’Art Contemporain is for those interested in modern art and Musee D’Aquitaine is for those interested in the past: with some statues over 25,000 years old.
However, no trip to the city great is complete without adventuring to the great Saint-Michel tower. While here, you’ll get the best panoramic available of the city.
Campervan Driving Tips
Although it may seem tempting after visiting the wineries, do not drink and drive. This cannot be stressed enough. Penalties are harsh and will definitely ruin your holiday. You should also obey the speed limits. With a lot of farmland in the area, machinery can be found in random places and could certainly cause an accident. Bordeaux is generally a very safe place and you shouldn’t worry about driving around the area at any time of day or night. Just be sensible and you’ll certainly enjoy your holiday.