Bordeaux is a port city in the Aquitaine province of France . Located in the southwest of the country, Bordeaux sits on the Garonne River which empties into the Atlantic.
Bordeaux is known for being one of the largest producers of wine in the world, for its gothic architecture and for its historic areas.
Each year, Bordeaux vineyards and chateaus produce approximately 850 million bottles of wine, from inexpensive bottles to first growth, very expensive wines. As expected, people travel from all around the world to visit these vineyards and chateaus.
Visitors who are not engulfed in the wine culture like to visit the Old Quarter, a UNESCO world heritage site. Other popular attractions include the Eglise Notre Dame, the Grand Theatre, and the Place de la Bourse. The city is home to a multitude of museums and galleries as well as a vibrant night life with a variety of bars and clubs.
Getting to Bordeaux by car or bus isn’t that easy, so train or plane is the easiest option to reach wine country. High speed trains travel between Paris, and Bordeaux every few hours and are relatively cheap. Flying into Bordeaux only makes since if you are coming from outside of France.
Bordeaux International Airport (airport code BOD) is just over five miles outside of the city and serves 23 airlines, including major carriers such as Air France, British Airways and KLM as well as low cost carriers such as Flybe, EasyJet, Bmibaby and Ryanair. Around 3,300,000 passengers travelled through Bordeaux airport in 2009. The airport opened a third, brand new, terminal in May of 2010.