Need help planning what to do in Bordeaux in 3 days? Just say oui! I recently made a solo trip to the region and found the best way to spend 3 days in Bordeaux, France!
This itinerary is perfect for anyone traveling to Bordeaux for a short time. I made a solo trip from Paris to Bordeaux, but you don’t have to be a solo traveler to find this itinerary helpful.
Bordeaux is one of my all-time favorite destinations in France.
And although 3 days is not necessarily a lot of time, if you follow this itinerary you will see all the best sites this city has to offer!
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Where is Bordeaux Located?
Bordeaux is located in Southwestern France. A port city that sits on the Garonne River in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The nearest neighboring country to the south is Spain. Bordeaux is located 310 miles from Paris.
Traveling to Bordeaux from Paris will take around 2 hours. Until recently you could fly from Paris to Bordeaux.
A new rule imposed within France forbids flights within the country where a train is available with a transit time of 2 hours or less.
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Getting to Bordeaux
Transit From The Airport
When arriving in Bordeaux by plane, you have a couple of options to get to the city center. If you don’t arrange an airport pick-up, the obvious first choice is a taxi. It could cost you about 43 euros or more depending on when you arrive.
Alternatively, you can take the bus to the train.
Taking public transit will double the time to arrive in the city center of Bordeaux, but it’s a fraction of the cost of a taxi.
The transit time on public transit from the Bordeaux airport is about an hour, vs. the taxi transit time of 30 minutes. The shuttle bus is the Navette Shuttle 30 Direct, which will take you to Gare de Bordeaux St. Jean.
The cost for a one-way adult ticket is 8 euros. The schedule is here: Schedule.
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Best Time To Visit Bordeaux
If you love wine tasting, the best time of year to visit Bordeaux is between May and November. From late August through early October, you can attend a grape harvest.
Visiting from spring through fall is also the best time to explore the vineyards! Although I don’t love winter, I would visit Bordeaux during Christmas. The pictures of the darling Christmas Markets have me thinking I might a quick trip here next year!
Since this city is so incredibly charming, any time of the year is really a good time to visit Bordeaux!
Passes are available for 24H, 48H, or 72H to the best attractions with the Bordeaux! This pass covers your public transit of trams, subways, and buses. Enjoy free entry to various venues around town and other local discounts. *Including entrance to La Cité du Vin (before 12 pm only).
Is It Safe To Travel To Bordeaux?
I found that traveling solo as a female in Bordeaux felt very safe. The region has an excellent public transportation system with buses and trams covering the whole city, so it’s easy to get around.
You can also easily walk between many of the attractions in the city center, with safe and well-lit paths. The locals are friendly and welcoming to visitors, so it’s easy to make friends during your trip.
And of course, the city is full of amazing sights that will make your stay memorable!
With all of these factors combined, you can have a stress-free and enjoyable experience as a solo female traveler in Bordeaux.
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Best Way to Get Around Solo in Bordeaux
For solo female travelers, one of the best ways to get around Bordeaux is by taking public transportation. The city has an extensive metro system that covers most of the city and makes it easy to reach any destination.
Additionally, there’s also a reliable bus network with buses running frequently and a comprehensive tram system that allows visitors to explore the city conveniently. Taxi services are also available and can be booked online or by phone. Uber does operate in Bordeaux.
For those looking for a more active way to explore the city, bike-share programs are offered at several locations around Bordeaux.
Finally, car rentals are also an option if you prefer to explore on your own terms. Whichever way you choose, there is plenty of options available to get you around the city safely and conveniently.
How Many Days Do You Need in Bordeaux?
The number of days you need in Bordeaux really depends on the type of traveler you are. Bordeaux is a place I could spend weeks exploring and experiencing. But in general, 3 nights would suffice in most cases.
If you are active, 3 days will be plenty to see the main attractions in Bordeaux. This is primarily possible because Bordeaux is a smaller city.
Having experienced both the vivid big top destination life and the enchanting small cities around Europe, I prefer the latter.
When saying ‘small’ cities in France, do not envision isolated villages that may depress an energetic female solo traveler. Think medium-sized, great transport links, and not too touristy.
Seeing all of Bordeaux in just 3 days is a bit ambitious, but you can get a good overview in that amount of time.
Bordeaux: 3-Day Itinerary Overview
Here is a quick preview of what to do in Bordeaux on day 1!
Here is a brief overview of what you can expect on your first day in Bordeaux!
- Visiting the Primatial Cathedral of St Andrew of Bordeaux (Bordeaux Cathedral)
- Climb the free-standing Bell Tower next to Bordeaux Cathedral
- Visit the Monument aux Girondins
- Lunch at L’Entrecôte
- Tea at La Diplomate
- Shopping on Rue Sainte Catherine
- Dinner at Nama
Your second day in Bordeaux includes the option of joining a guided tour. If you prefer to do a self-guided tour, you are welcome to copy the itinerary listed from the guided tour.
- Breakfast at Café Piha – Torréfacteur
- Self-guided or 2-hour Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux city highlights
- Lunch at Symbiose
- Explore Jardin Public
- River Cruise on Garonne River
- Dinner at Restaurant Berthus
Your last day in Bordeaux starts off with leaving for the day and heading to the most picturesque village in France that I have ever been to!
- Day trip to Saint Emilion Region
- Wine Tasting at Grand Cru Winery
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site town of Saint Emilion
- Dinner at Restaurant Influences
Itinerary: Best Way To Spend 3 Days in Bordeaux
Day 1 In Bordeaux
Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux
Start your day at the impressive Bordeaux Cathedrale Saint Andre. I enjoy visiting a church more than visiting a museum. This is not because I am a religious person, I find a building more interesting than a bunch of old artifacts.
Exploring the cathedral is a lovely way to spend a morning in Bordeaux. Visiting the Bordeaux Cathedral, also known as Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux, is a captivating experience that offers a glimpse into the city’s rich history and architectural splendor.
As you approach the cathedral, you’ll be awe-struck by its grandeur and intricate Gothic design.
Stepping inside, you’ll be greeted by an atmosphere of tranquility and reverence. The soaring ceilings, graceful arches, and beautifully stained glass windows create a sense of sacred beauty.
Take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into the construction of this magnificent structure.
Climb The Cathedral’s Bell Tower
Next, get ready to ascend the Cathedral’s bell tower! I promise it will be worth the breathtaking panoramic view of this beautiful city that awaits you. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to admire the city’s picturesque rooftops, the Garonne River winding through the landscape, and the surrounding historic buildings.
This 66-meter bell tower was constructed back in the 15th century. You must climb 233 steps in a narrow spiral staircase to reach the terrace at the top of the tower.
Whether you’re an architecture enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, a visit to Bordeaux Cathedral promises to be a memorable experience.
It’s timeless beauty and spiritual ambiance make it a must-see attraction for anyone exploring the charming city of Bordeaux.
An extra tip from A Solo Woman Traveling: The wait for tickets can be a bit long, so go early. It’s a tight stairwell, so you should reconsider if you have issues being in small spaces.
Visit the Monument aux Girondins
After climbing the bell tower walk 13 minutes to the most beautiful monument in Bordeaux! The Monument aux Girondins is an incredibly beautiful fountain with a towering column erected to honor the Girondin revolutionaries.
The monument is located in the center of Bordeaux, close to the Garonne River. It is the perfect spot to visit at sunset.
The Girondins Monument is a significant tourist attraction, so to avoid crowds, you may need to visit in the early morning.
If I were to visit only one monument when visiting Bordeaux, this would be the one. It was a wonderful experience for me.
Lunch at L’Entrecôte
Dining at L’Entrecôte in Bordeaux is a must on your 3 days in Bordeaux! Famous since 1962, L’Entrecôte promises a memorable experience for steak enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Located in the heart of the city, this renowned restaurant is known for its signature dish, the entrecôte steak.
The menu at L’Entrecôte is focused and straightforward, centered around their specialty: the entrecôte steak.
Cooked to perfection, the steak is tender, flavorful, and expertly prepared to your desired level of doneness. It is served with their secret and delectable house sauce, which perfectly complements the succulent meat.
As you savor each bite of the main course, you’ll also be treated to a side of golden and crispy French fries, served in generous portions.
After the main course, you can either have a delightful dessert here or save yourself for the next stop. L’Entrecôte offers a selection of classic French desserts like crème brûlée to decadent chocolate creations.
Tea at La Diplomate
After indulging at lunch you will walk 6 minutes to relax at my favorite tea house in Bordeaux. This tea salon exudes sophistication and offers a haven of relaxation.
As you enter La Diplomate, you’ll be greeted by an ambiance that exudes refinement. The tasteful décor, featuring plush seating, soft lighting, and tasteful accents, creates an atmosphere of comfort and sophistication. The attentive and knowledgeable staff ensures that your tea experience is nothing short of exceptional.
The tea selection at La Diplomate is extensive, with an array of flavors and blends from around the world. From fragrant black teas to delicate green teas and herbal infusions, there is something to suit every taste and preference. Even if you are more of a coffee person I urge you to give this a try!
Shopping on Rue Sainte Catherine
Spend the remainder of your day before dinner hitting the shops on the world-famous Rue Sainte Catherine.
Shopping on Rue Sainte Catherine in Bordeaux is one of the best places for shopping in Bordeaux! It is a vibrant and bustling experience that caters to both fashion enthusiasts and those seeking a diverse range of retail options.
As one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, Rue Sainte Catherine offers an array of shops, boutiques, department stores, and charming cafés.
Walking along Rue Sainte Catherine, you’ll be immersed in a lively atmosphere as locals and visitors alike explore the vibrant retail scene. The street is lined with a mix of international brands, well-known retailers, and local boutiques, ensuring that there’s something for everyone’s taste and budget.
❤︎ Be advised that shops are closed on Sundays and holidays in France!
Dinner at Nama
Finish your first day of 3 in Bordeaux by eating at Nama in Bordeaux. It might not be what you expect to eat at a Japanese / French-style bistro, but I encourage you to try it! I went all out and order the “mystery menu”.
Each dish was a total surprise and the most exciting way to have a meal in Bordeaux! Whether you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine or a curious food adventurer, dining at Nama in Bordeaux promises an exceptional gastronomic journey.
Immerse yourself in the flavors, textures, and aromas of Japan as you savor each bite and appreciate the artistry that goes into every dish. Nama is a destination for food lovers seeking an authentic taste of Japan in the heart of Bordeaux.
Day 2 In Bordeaux
Wake up on your second day in Bordeaux ready to see some major landmarks and eat croissants!
If you are looking for the best breakfast in Bordeaux, head on over to Café Piha – Torréfacteur. They have more than just delicious coffee and pastry.
Café Piha – Torréfacteur has a full breakfast with eggs if you are in the mood for something more savory.
Self-Guided or Guided Walking Tour of Top Attractions
After a filling breakfast, it is time to walk it off seeing some of the rest of the top sites in Bordeaux. My favorite part of visiting Bordeaux was just strolling around admiring the incredible architecture.
From Cafe Piha, it is a 5-minute walk to your first stop!
The Grosse Cloche
When I first saw the Grosse Cloche I felt as if I was in a fairytale! It is a must-see for anyone visiting Bordeaux! This iconic bell tower, dating back to the Middle Ages, stands as a testament to the city’s rich heritage and serves as a symbol of civic pride.
The Grosse Cloche is located in a trendy neighborhood of the best wine bars and coffee shops and gets a bit crowded during the summer months.
The origins of the Grosse Cloche can be traced back to the 13th century when it was constructed as part of the city’s defensive fortifications. Its primary function was to serve as a gateway to the city, controlling access through a large arched passage beneath the tower.
Over the centuries, the Grosse Cloche witnessed numerous historical events and underwent several transformations. In the 15th century, the tower was heightened to accommodate the growing population and provide a better vantage point for surveillance.
The bell housed within the Grosse Cloche played a crucial role in the city’s history. It was rung to announce curfews, signal emergencies, and mark significant events. The resonant sound of the bell became ingrained in the fabric of Bordeaux, acting as a voice that echoed through the city’s streets and squares.
If you want to visit the interior of the Grosse Cloche you can do so with a guide. Visitors can explore its interior, climb the winding staircase, and marvel at the stunning views from the top.
The tower’s chambers also house exhibitions that delve into Bordeaux’s history and the tower’s role in shaping the city.
Quais de Bordeaux Walk
After a visit to the Grosse Cloche, it is time to take a walk to Quais de Bordeaux Walk.
I had a great time when I visited the Quais de Bordeaux Walk. It’s a glorious stretch of road along the Garonne River.
the picturesque promenade offers a perfect blend of historical architecture, scenic views, and a lively atmosphere.
Strolling along the promenade, you’ll get a real feel for just how grand and elegant this city is. I loved admiring the 18th-century buildings, with their distinctive façades and wrought-iron balconies.
The Quais de Bordeaux Walk is also home to several iconic landmarks. The Place de la Bourse, with its magnificent Water Mirror, reflecting the grandeur of the surrounding buildings, is a sight to behold.
The majestic Pont de Pierre, a stone bridge with its impressive arches, connects both sides of the river and provides a perfect vantage point to admire the city’s skyline.
As you continue your stroll, you’ll come across lively squares and public spaces where locals and tourists gather, and your next stop.
The Quai des Chartrons
Your walk along the promenade will take you to the Quai des Chartrons, an area known for its antique shops and art galleries. Take a glimpse into Bordeaux’s artistic side here and explore unique treasures, from vintage furniture to contemporary artwork.
Use your Google Maps to know when to turn off the promenade into the posh neighborhood. Quai des Chartrons has all the one-of-a-kind boutiques filled with hidden treasures. Exploring this area will take you to your lunch spot.
Lunch at Symbiose
One of the best dining experiences I had in Bordeaux was at Symbiose! It is highly recommended you make a reservation here.
Symbiose has a daily offering prix fixe menu. Enjoy two starters, two main courses, and three desserts. Closed Sundays. Open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
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Explore Jardin Public
After a fulfilling lunch at Symbiose, take a relaxing stroll in Jardin Public! I found the Jardin Public a serene oasis nestled within the bustling city. Here I spent time on my solo trip exploring this enchanting public park.
The Jardin Public dates back to the 18th century and offers a harmonious blend of lush greenery, picturesque landscapes, and a variety of activities.
As you enter Jardin Public, you are greeted by a grand entrance adorned with ornate ironwork gates, hinting at the park’s rich history. Stepping inside, you’ll find yourself immersed in a tranquil sanctuary that invites you to unwind and appreciate nature’s beauty.
Jardin Public is also home to a magnificent lake, where graceful swans glide across the shimmering waters. It’s a serene experience that adds a touch of romance and serenity to your visit.
Musée d’Histoire Naturelle
Art and culture enthusiasts will find delight in the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, located within Jardin Public. This natural history museum showcases an extensive collection of specimens, fossils, and exhibits, offering an educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Exploring the museum’s halls provides insight into the wonders of the natural world and its diverse ecosystems.
You can buy a ticket to the exhibition from 10 to 13 euros.
River Cruise on Garonne River
At 5 pm be ready to take an hour and a half river cruise! The cruise is approximately a 20-minute walk from Jardin Public, so plan accordingly.
On this cruise, you will embark on a memorable journey and discover Bordeaux from the enchanting waters of the River Garonne. From the moment I stepped onboard, I was captivated by the allure of this historic city seen from a unique perspective.
As we set sail, the expert guide provided insightful commentary, revealing fascinating stories and facts about the landmarks that unfolded before our eyes.
One of the highlights was catching a glimpse of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral, from the boat.
Cruising along, I almost had to pinch myself as we sailed along the riverbanks. These grand buildings exuded a sense of history and charm, showcasing Bordeaux’s past as a thriving trading port.
This cruise includes a piece of a small traditional cake known as a canelé. Its soft, caramelized exterior and tender center offered a taste of the region’s culinary delights. Paired with a glass of local wine, it was a moment of pure indulgence that perfectly complemented the ambiance of the cruise.
🎟️ Garrone River Cruise Tickets: Be sure to get your ticket in advance here!
Dinner at Restaurant Berthus
After your boat cruise, I highly recommend making a reservation and eating dinner at Restaurant Berthus!
For me, eating here was one of my most memorable experiences, and keep in mind, I visited Bordeaux solo.
Even alone, it was an incredible experience. Simply put, Restaurant Berthus is a culinary delight that immerses you in the vibrant flavors of the region.
From the moment you step inside, the warm and inviting ambiance sets the stage for an exceptional dining experience. The menu showcases a fusion of traditional Bordeaux cuisine and modern culinary techniques.
Whether indulging in a tender steak paired with rich red wine, savoring delicate seafood creations, or exploring the delectable desserts, each bite is a celebration of the region’s gastronomic heritage.
With attentive service and a charming atmosphere, Restaurant Berthus is a must-visit destination for food lovers seeking an unforgettable culinary journey in Bordeaux.
Top Rated Organized Walking Tours of Bordeaux
Rather see Bordeaux with a professional guide? Here are all the best and highest-rated tours to consider for your Bordeaux itinerary.
- Visit the La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting
- Bordeaux: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour
- Private Half Day Walking Tour
Day 3 in Bordeaux
Day Trips From Bordeaux to Saint Émilion
On the third day, a great place to visit in the Bordeaux wine region is Saint Emilion! I can’t think of any other activity more fun in France than a half-day tour of a world-famous wine region!
Even if you have just 3 days in Bordeaux, there is time for wine tasting!
Visiting Bordeaux without tasting a glass of wine is like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. If this interests you, this is a perfect day trip from Bordeaux.
Not interested in wine? If you a rather do something else, I have you covered, check out this food tour!
Luckily, Bordeaux, France, is one of the top locations in Europe for wine tasting. Bordeaux wine has a great aging potential and excellent taste, which makes it a delight for wine lovers. The history of wine in the Bordeaux region dates back to around 43 AD when the Romans cultivated wine for soldiers by establishing vineyards in the city.
St. Emilion Day Trip
A day tour is a great way to see more of the surrounding areas without having to do any of the planning. I chose this tour company for my day tour to Saint Émilion, and I couldn’t be happier!
This tour lasts 5.5 hours and hits all the highlights of St. Émilion. Your meeting place for this tour is in Bordeaux at the tourist office.
From there you will get in an air-conditioned van and ride for about 40 minutes to the winery, The drill is as follows – first comes wine theory, such as harvesting and production, and then comes the practical bit, which is… drum roll please… wine tasting.
Following the tasting of both red and white wine, you are taken to the small village of St Emilion. I can highly recommend visiting this charming village even if you are not a wine lover!
After about a 45-minute walk around the town, you meet with the group and head back to Bordeaux.
🎟️ St. Emillion Day Trip Tickets: Get your wine tasting and tour of St. Emilion Tickets here!
Dinner at Restaurant Influences
After a day in St. Emillion, come back to Bordeaux and have the best dinner of your trip at Restaurant Influences!
Be prepared to be amazed by the surprise menu or just order al a carte!
Luckily you can just make your reservation online, here!
Alternative Day 3 in Bordeaux
If you prefer to stick around Bordeaux I have an alternative day plan for you. Starting with coffee and some breakfast in the Place du Parlement Square at Contrast.
La Cité du Vin
🎟️ Skip the line tickets for La Cité du Vin
After your breakfast make your way to La Cité du Vin! From Place du Parlement Square the museum is an hour’s walk so it is best to take tram B. If you have the City Pass the Tram fare is included. If not, you can pay the fare on the tram.
The La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural center dedicated to the history, culture, and art of wine. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply have a curiosity about the subject, La Cité du Vin offers a captivating and educational experience for visitors of all backgrounds.
What stood out to me was the shimmering, golden structure that resembles a wine decanter. The building’s design alone is enough to inspire awe and anticipation for what lies inside.
As you step through the doors, you enter a world entirely devoted to the celebration and appreciation of wine.
La Cité du Vin offers a variety of engaging exhibits and interactive installations that guide you through the rich tapestry of wine culture.
The journey begins with the permanent exhibition, where you can delve into the history of winemaking, from ancient times to the modern era. Engrossing displays, multimedia presentations, and state-of-the-art technology bring the story to life, providing a comprehensive understanding of the wine’s significance in different cultures and throughout history.
Once you have immersed yourself in the world of wine, a visit to the Belvedere on the eighth floor is a must. This panoramic space provides breathtaking views of Bordeaux and its surrounding vineyards, allowing you to appreciate the beauty and magnitude of the wine-growing region.
Your visit here will take you right up to lunchtime.
Marché des Capucins
After you are done visiting La Cité du Vin it is time to head back to the center and visit Marché des Capucins!
Marché des Capucins is essentially a large food hall with some of the most delightful array of local specialties and regional delicacies.
This was my favorite place to explore and try various foods at each stand. Make of it what you want and spend as much time here eating and drinking!
Les Bassins des Lumières Museum
After lunch head over to the Bassin Des Lumières museum for the rest of the afternoon.
Visiting Les Bassins de Lumières offers an unparalleled experience as gigantic works of art are projected onto the walls, ceiling, and even the water surface of the basins.
The exhibitions frequently change, displaying works from famous artists and using light, sound, and sometimes even scent to create an immersive experience.
Walking through the vast space of the former submarine base, visitors are enveloped in the art, allowing for a unique, sensory, and emotional connection to the works on display. The combination of history, art, and technology at Les Bassins de Lumières creates a cultural outing unlike any other in Bordeaux.
Is Bordeaux Worth Visiting?
100% YES, Bordeaux is worth visiting! Spending 3 days in Bordeaux, France, is a superb idea if you’re searching for a lovely city with pleasant people and world heritage sites. And if you are visiting Paris, taking the train down to Bordeaux is easy!
There is a certain charm found in Bordeaux that makes it such a visit-worthy city. You will escape so much of the congestion you find in bigger cities like Paris. Walking the streets, I felt a sense of ease, and peace, unlike other places I have visited.
Bordeaux is also more affordable than Paris, with a friendlier atmosphere. The city is very clean and less crowded than I was expecting.
Pro Tip: Even though I found solo travel to be super safe, I ALWAYS recommend getting travel insurance to avoid any mishaps. Lost luggage or getting sick can happen at any time.
Is Bordeaux a Walkable City?
Bordeaux is very walkable since it is a small city you can easily get around without ever needing public transit. I would rank it among one of the most walkable cities I have visited.
There are a lot of pedestrian-only squares in Bordeaux, which I love. The city has a well-connected public transportation system, subways, buses, and trams. Renting a car wasn’t even a thought in my mind when visiting Bordeaux for 3 days.
Bring your comfortable shoes, as the cobblestones can be hard on your feet! One of the best things to get is the Bordeaux City Pass! It will come in handy, I promise!
The Bordeaux City Pass is an excellent option for 3 days in Bordeaux. This pass includes transit within Bordeaux city for buses and trams. Also, enjoy free entry to museums, and discount tickets to excursions around Bordeaux.
I always recommend utilizing a city pass or bus tour on the first day of any trip. Getting a broad overview of the city highlights is the best way to see everything you want to see.
City Pass for 48 -72 hours costs 39 euros. It includes :
- Unlimited access to tram, bus, river shuttle
- 20 museums and monuments
- 1 guided tour
- Many discounts on cruises, wine tours, and more
- Great for day trips from Bordeaux
Solo Travel Bordeaux Top Tips
If you are traveling alone in Bordeaux here are some helpful tips!
- If you are arriving via the Bordeaux International Airport research how you will get to the hotel. For newbies solo travelers, arrange an Airport Pickup! It’s nice to be greeted when you land.
- Make sure to call your phone carrier and understand your options for using your mobile phone abroad! I recommend getting a European SIM card.
- Download all apps for travel, especially Google Offline Maps! Just in case you need to access them when service is low.
- Book a hotel in the center of town. I spend a little more to stay central when I am traveling alone. It always pays off!
Where to Stay for 3 Days in Bordeaux
The perfect hotel for 3 days in Bordeaux is Hotel de Tourney. This boutique hotel is located in the city center of Bordeaux. It is within walking distance of Monument aux Girondins. My room was modern, sparkling clean, and offered free wifi.
When returning to Bordeaux, I will make sure to stay at this hotel.
For other top hotels in the area, check out these:
Where to Visit After Bordeaux
Visiting the Dordogne region and its highlights, including Sarlat-la-Canéda and Rocamadour, promises an enchanting journey through history, breathtaking landscapes, and remarkable cultural treasures.
Here’s a detailed guide to help you make the most of your visit:
The Dordogne region, also known as Périgord, is renowned for its scenic beauty, picturesque villages, and rich history.
Each area boasts its own unique charm and attractions. Prepare to immerse yourself in a blend of medieval castles, prehistoric caves, rolling vineyards, and idyllic countryside.
Start your Dordogne adventure in the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, often hailed as one of the most beautiful towns in France. Wander through its meticulously preserved streets, lined with splendid examples of Renaissance architecture.
The old town is a treasure trove of narrow alleyways, charming squares, and historic buildings.
Explore the Place de la Liberté, visit the Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos, and admire the Hôtel de Ville. Be sure to visit the bustling Sarlat Market, where you can indulge in regional specialties such as foie gras, truffles, and walnut products.
From Sarlat, venture further into the Dordogne region to discover Rocamadour, a stunning village perched dramatically on a cliffside. As one of France’s most visited sites, Rocamadour is famous for its spiritual significance and architectural marvels.
Ascend the Grand Escalier, a grand staircase leading to the sanctuary while enjoying breathtaking views of the Alzou Valley. Visit the Chapelle Notre-Dame, home to the revered Black Madonna, and the Chapelle Saint-Michel, adorned with stunning frescoes.
Explore the winding streets, browse the souvenir shops, and sample delicious Rocamadour cheese—a local specialty.
- Visit the nearby city of Toulouse
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- How To Go From Marseille to Cannes Guide + Map
- 3 Best Saint Emilion Wine Tours
Final Thoughts on Visiting Bordeaux in 3 Days
In conclusion, my three-day visit to Bordeaux was a truly memorable experience. From the moment I arrived, I was captivated by the city’s charm, architectural beauty, and, of course, its world-class wines and gastronomy.
Exploring the historic center of Bordeaux felt like stepping back in time. The elegant buildings, grand squares, and riverside quays provided a picturesque backdrop for my adventures. Whether it was strolling along the Cours de l’Intendance, admiring the Place de la Bourse, or simply relaxing by the Garonne River, every corner of Bordeaux exuded a sense of timeless elegance.
Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a lover of history and culture, or simply seeking a memorable travel experience, I highly recommend visiting Bordeaux. It’s a destination that effortlessly combines the best of French elegance, gastronomy, and wine, creating a truly unforgettable journey.
FAQs For Bordeaux
If you want to see the top sites in Bordeaux, I suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Bordeaux. If you have more time, 5 nights in Bordeaux is ideal.
If you have to choose between the two cities, choose Bordeaux. Bordeaux is friendly, smaller, cleaner, and has a more authentic feel than Paris.
I felt very safe visiting Bordeaux alone as a solo woman. Even at night, I felt safe walking around by myself. I advise staying in the city center and researching the area’s safety on your own.
Yes. I have taken Uber when I was traveling solo in Bordeaux, France. The service was safe and reliable.
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