Areas in Bordeaux
When to go
The summer is pleasantly warm, but August can be humid and the city crowded with tourists. Book in advance if you want to visit the vineyards at this time of year. Many châteaux are closed to visitors during the grape harvest in October. Winter is mild.
PlanesBordeaux-Mérignac airport is six miles from the city centre. There is a shuttle bus service to the centre every 45 minutes, taking half an hour.
TrainsTGV links Bordeaux to the Eurostar terminals in Paris (3hrs) and Lille (5hrs). The main station is about ten minutes outside the centre.
AutomobilesThe warren of narrow one-way streets in the centre is largely pedestrianised, but it’s useful to have a car to visit the beach or follow the wine trails.
TaxisThere are taxi ranks throughout the city. If you need to order a taxi, try Allo Bordeaux Taxis 05 56 31 61 07.
Acquired as a wedding present for the wife of a 19th-century marquis, the Château la Thuiliere is rooted in romance. This house wears its history on its sleeve – the mock Tudor façade and stained glass windows that hint at the eccentric marquis; the patterned tiles, ornate tapis and the sweeping wooden staircase – but there are modern flourishes too. The XL Suites have original fireplaces and sweeping views of the garden, all viewable from the supremely comfortable modern king sized bed. (NB: dog not necessarily included).