There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Bordeaux each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)
Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues across Bordeaux.June: Bordeaux Fête le Vin (local event)
Stretching for over a mile in central Bordeaux, this incredible event brings together 80 designations of origin from the region in a series of pavilions. Also enjoying a programme of concerts and sound and light shows along the banks of the Garonne.Summer season: Scènes d'Été (local event along the Gironde estuary)
With music, dance, theatre and street arts, this programme of more than 500 events (more than half of which are free), jointly organized by over 200 of the region's towns and cities, is perfect for outings with family members or friends.July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Bordeaux, this anniversary is commemorated each year with a fireworks display over the Garonne River between the Pont de Pierre and the Place de la Bourse. Wonderful!August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)
This celebration, still very popular in Bordeaux, is marked by the faithful with religious ceremonies. Expect fireworks over the Garonne River. The best spot to enjoy them is assuredly on the riverbanks.Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)
The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)
On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.December 25: Christmas (national holiday) December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)
On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Bordeaux, with families and friends celebrating the new year.
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||3/37||10/50||87/3.4||Not the best period to go|
|February||3/37||12/54||71/2.8||Not the best period to go|
|March||5/41||15/59||65/2.6||Not the best period to go|
|April||7/45||17/63||78/3.1||Good period to go|
|May||11/52||21/70||80/3.1||Good period to go|
|June||14/57||25/77||62/2.4||Good period to go|
|July||16/61||27/81||50/2.0||Good period to go|
|August||16/61||27/81||56/2.2||Good period to go|
|September||13/55||24/75||84/3.3||Good period to go|
|October||10/50||20/68||93/3.7||Good period to go|
|November||6/43||14/57||110/4.3||Not the best period to go|
|December||4/39||11/52||106/4.2||Not the best period to go|
The Bordeaux Mérignac Airport is located in the town of Mérignac, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) west of Bordeaux.
As is the case for most large French cities, public transport is the best way to get around, although using a bicycle is perhaps the most enjoyable!
Bordeaux's bus and tram network is unique in France:
In partnership with Bordeaux's tourist office, the public transport authority offers this pass, which combines unlimited access for one person to all mass transit options in the city, with free admission to more than 20 museums over the period covered by the pass.
Bordeaux is an excellent city to explore by bicycle. Many bike parking stations are available. More than 1,700 bikes provided by the VCub bike-sharing network are distributed across 167 stations in Bordeaux. Monthly or annual subscribers can use the network's bikes for free for 20 consecutive hours!
Rental cars are a good option if you wish to leave the city to explore the region's vineyards.
Upon your arrival in Bordeaux, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Bordeaux Tourism & Conventions
Offers practical information (sightseeing, tours, heritage sites and cultural institutions, nights out on the town, etc.), maps and brochures on the city of Bordeaux and its surrounding area.
French currency is in Euro (EUR).
ZAR 1 = EUR 0.06
EUR 1 = ZAR 16.67
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Bordeaux counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
call the centre at +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00Food safety
There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Bordeaux.
As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure. For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/
Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-des-ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Bordeaux, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Bordeaux a little easier:
In Bordeaux like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.