Fly To Bordeaux, France
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Controlled by the British for 300 years, Bordeaux was once a sleepy city (literally nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty" in French). Nowadays it’s a blossoming tourist hub and a meeting place for wine connoisseurs from all corners of the world. The city has a unique energy that’s enhanced by the lively university students that inhabit the town in the south of France.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans travelling to France do require a Schengen Visa. You’ll need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for six months from date of return and that there are at least 2 blank pages free for stamps and Visa’s.
- The South African Embassy in France is located in Paris at 59, Quai d’Orsay. Phone: +33 1 5359 2323.
See and do
Gambetta Square comprises the wealthy district of Bordeaux and is nicknamed “Little Paris” while Les Quais provides the perfect opportunity for lovely long walks on the shores of the Garonne. You can catch a ferry here or dance the night away in one of the nightclubs.
The Pedestrian Centre is good for shopping and cultural activities and Quinconces Square is home to the fountain monument to the Girondins – a group of National Assembly deputies during the French Revolution. Musee D’Art Contemporain is worth a visit if you enjoy Modern Art. Exhibits change regularly.
Climb 243 steps of the Saint-Michel tower for panoramic views of the city and be sure to make time to see the water mirror (miroir d’eau) on the river’s border.
Wine tasting is an absolute must in this region. Tour the vineyards and sample local wines such as Chateau Latour and Chateau Petrus. If you need ideas for gifts to take home with you, tour the storage rooms of Millesima in Old Bordeaux for the best wines in the world! You can pick up a case of wine at bargain prices or opt for a lavish bottle for a special occasion. Or try this: once you’ve made your purchase Millesima is happy to store the wine for you for as many years as you like. When you’re ready for it just let them know and they’ll ship it over.
Bordeaux is a relatively big city and the most appealing attractions can be found in and around the town centre. Walking is the best way to explore the city and the majority of the town centre is pedestrian-friendly. Another fun way to get around is on roller skates or by hiring a bicycle. You can also get into town via the various bus lines. Additionally there are three tramway lines. The bus network has been organised around some of the main attractions and a ferry links the western and eastern parts of the city.
Bordeaux Airport – BOD
The airport is located in the town of Merignac, 12 kilometres west of Bordeaux. It is the sixth busiest airport in France and during the Cold War was a front-line NATO facility for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe.
Food and beverage: Destination Café (Next to Terminal B Arrivals) offers sandwiches and a seasonal fixed-price menu. Illy makes great Italian coffees along with pastas, salads, pastries and sweet treats.
Currency Exchange: Lookout for ICE at Bordeaux Airport where you can do international money transfers, currency exchanges and buy traveller’s cheques.
Car Hire: InterRent provides car rental services at competitive prices. You can book a vehicle online before you arrive at the airport.
Airport Hub: Bordeaux Airport (code BOD) is a hub for Volotea.