The Bordeaux Airport (BOD) is also locally known as the Mérignac Airport, and functions as the primary gateway to the city of Bordeaux and its famous wine region. Transiting passengers will have access to free WiFi, ATMs, full-service banks, foreign exchange counters, information desks, a good variety of shops (including duty-free), and a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes.
The airport is located a short 12km from the centre of town, and is linked via buses, shuttles and taxis. If you choose to hail a taxi outside the terminal building, be prepared to pay about 30EUR ($43) for the journey.
Fly to Bordeaux with carriers like Air France, KLM, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways.
Why visit Bordeaux?
The earthy spirit of Bordeaux has travelled across the world in the flavours captured and bottled in its celebrated wines, but to really understand Bordeaux’s enchanting personality, you must fly there. When you come to this city you must stroll down its wide, leafy avenues, sip strong coffee in its lovely squares, tour its wonderful museums, and relax in its manicured gardens to get to know its particular personality. However, it is in the rolling, sunlit vineyards that surround this city where you will find Bordeaux’s soul, and once you do, you may find yourself cancelling that return journey.
Things to do in Bordeaux
Like any European city, the centre is built around a Cathedral, and Bordeaux’s Cathédrale Saint Andréis one of the most beautiful in Europe. Standing since the 12th century and listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, this is one of the city’s most impressive sites, and worth scheduling into your itinerary.
Then there are several highlights in the older part of town, from the elegant neoclassical Place de la Bourse, the Hotel de Ville (City Hall), to the opulent Grand Theatre where you can catch a show. Nearby, you’ll find the Esplanade des Quinconces, a huge square with a stunning fountain in its centre.
Just outside the city is where you will find the rolling, dappled vineyards of France. Touring the countryside is a must, you will be able to see the gorgeous sunlit fields, the impressive chateaux, and go on wine tastings in the many wineries that populate the hills and valleys of Bordeaux.
Best time to visit Bordeaux
· It is hard to beat Bordeaux in the summertime (June-August), but truly anytime from April to October is lovely. The sunshine bathes the city, and in the countryside the grapes are ripe on the vine. Expect the days to fall between 18-26°C during this time of year.
Arriving in Bordeaux by plane
· Flights to Bordeaux from the far reaches of Australia will require two stops. Typically these take place in Dubai (DXB), Singapore (SIN), and then Paris (PARI), or Amsterdam (AMS).
· Euro (EUR).
· Australians travelling to France can enter the country without a visa for up to three months. The Foreign Affairs Department in Australia has an advice page on France on their Smart Traveller portal that lists all the current safety tips, restrictions of travel, and entry requirements.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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