Bordeaux earned itself the epithet “Port of the Moon” due to the crescent shape formed by the Garonne River as it flows in from the Bay of Biscay. The city in southwestern France is famed for its full-bodied merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc wines. Besides getting your paws on the finest vin de Bordeaux, there are scores of heritage spots and botanical gems to uncover in the city. These magnifique Airbnbs in Bordeaux are the perfect base for sightseeing and wine tours.
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If you’re traveling to France for a special occasion, run, don’t walk to snap up a castle stay in the heart of the world’s premium wine region. All bedrooms come with a private bathroom and a vineyard view while a paneled salon and banquet hall adorned with chandeliers and oil paintings contribute to gleefully over-the-top decor. Optional add-ons include a professional chef and bespoke wine tastings.
Twelve guests, six bedrooms Price: $3,363 per night
This playful Bordeaux Airbnb near the train station culminates with a secret roof terrace overlooking the Basilica of St. Michael. As the primary residence of the host, the loft has a homely vibe and a fabulously stocked kitchen. Both bedrooms have avant-garde showers and skylights while the lounge is kitted out with ample seating and dining space to accommodate a pair of couples.
Swap the cosmopolitan Center Ville for a romantic stay at this off-the-grid Airbnb in rural Nouvelle-Aquitaine only 25 minutes from Bordeaux. The gîte sits on 16 hectares of land with castles and wineries within cycling distance. It’s beautifully appointed with a full kitchen and log burner although it’s the prospect of stargazing from the wood-fired hot tub that’ll have you scrambling for your credit card.
This splendid apartment marries pastoral France with the glamorous Triangle d’Or. Installed within an art nouveau building, it opens onto a photogenic courtyard plus a balustrade suspended over the pedestrianized boulevard lined with boutiques and bistros. Elegantly appointed with sugary-pink bergère chairs and a clawfoot tub, it’s everything you’d want from an Airbnb in Downtown Bordeaux although light sleepers should pack their earplugs.
Sample the crème de la crème of bucolic France at this luxurious estate on the edge of the Dordogne River. Seven spacious bedrooms are styled with designer touches while the kitchen would impress a Michelin-starred chef. Entertainment revolves around a swimming pool, hot tub, pétanque court, and games room. Downtown is half an hour away but the award-winning merlot crops are on the doorstep.
Sixteen guests, seven bedrooms Price: $663 per night
Zut alors, it’s listed as a chalet but Château Baron seems far more apropos for this astonishing vacation rental in the riverside suburb of Lormont. The decor fuses old and new while the basement features a gym and games room. Round off a swim in the infinity pool with a sauna or steam room session. If you’re traveling sans voiture, you can take the river bus or use the host’s transfer service.
Sixteen guests, eight bedrooms Price: $1,784 per night
Cool off during summer at this three-story mansion with a saltwater pool in the south-facing backyard and a terrace on the second floor. Two of the five bedrooms are purpose-designed for children while another is ideal for a teen. Guests of all ages will appreciate the foosball table and movie den. The Saint Seurin neighborhood is quiet and residential yet within walking distance of Downtown Bordeaux
Step onto the terrace of this Bordeaux penthouse and voilà, you’ll have the best views of the Garonne. The interiors are illuminated by blond stone and swathes of sunlight from outside. Pop your head out of the bedroom windows for an eyeful of church spires and heritage rooftops. The Chartons quarter is a pleasant stroll along the embankment to downtown or a pain-free ride on the tram.
This villa has a Balinese vibe courtesy of the tropical backyard with its seasonal pool and zen interiors. Its setting on the periphery of Downtown Bordeaux provides a calm, quiet place to hole up although the tram stop is minutes from the property. This is a minimalist-style studio with attention paid to comfort and practicality. Let’s face it – you’ll spend the whole stay poolside.
Tricked out like a fine arts museum, this sublime apartment is located in a listed building in walkable Saint-Pierre. A reception room with hardwood flooring, stained glass doors, and high ceilings sets the scene and guides you toward three individually decorated bedrooms. Crack open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and settle into the salon with an uninterrupted view of the river and Stone Bridge.
Plonked right in the heart of Center Ville, this Golden Triangle penthouse and private terrace are bathed in French sunshine. The master bed is angled beneath the skylights for lazy stargazing or natural dawn wake-ups. You’ll also enjoy showers and coffee-making with scenic views over the rooftops of Bordeaux. Paid, secure parking is available although this location deems a rental unnecessary.
As the capital of wine, tours and tastings drive the tourism charge in Bordeaux with wine trails concentrated on the Left Bank and Right Bank regions. The Left Bank refers to the vineyards to the west of the Garonne River dominated by cabernet sauvignon grapes. The Right Bank covers those to the east of the Dordogne River and is associated with merlot grapes. White wines and lighter reds hail from the Entre-deux-Mers wine region in between the two rivers.
There’s more to do in Bordeaux beyond wine. The city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site with 347 listed buildings to ogle in Downtown Bordeaux. Principal sites that’ll have you reaching for your camera include the Gothic St. Andre Cathedral, the medieval Porte Cailhau, and Place de la Bourse with its Miroir d’Eau reflecting pools. Rue Sainte-Catherine is the number one destination for dining and shopping in Bordeaux.
With its bassins à flot (wet docks) and radoubs (dry docks) Bacalan quarter centers around Bordelaise maritime history. La Cité du Vin, a curvaceous modern landmark, is a sensory museum dedicated to wine while a former submarine base is dedicated to contemporary visual arts. A second bunker houses the Moon Harbour Distillery where you can trade wine for whiskey.
Beyond the city’s parks and botanical gardens, you can take a day trip to the seaside resort of Arcachon. Head to the neighboring village Gujan Mestras for oyster tastings or check out, Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune system. Sainte Foy la Grande and Saint Macaire are just two of the medieval villages accessible from Gare Saint Jean in Bordeaux.
How far is Bordeaux from Paris?
Bordeaux is located 310 miles (499 km) southwest of Paris in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France. The best way to travel between the two cities is via the high-speed Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV). Regular connections take just over two hours.