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So what’s happening in June in Bordeaux this year? We have plenty of music festivals, wine events, a medieval festival, and Bordeaux’s famous wine festival. It’s hard for me to recommend which one of these events to attend as all of them are great, but I invite you to follow me on Instagram where I always share stories from the events I go to.

If it’s your first time here don’t forget to check my article about the 50 best things to do in Bordeaux as well as my Bordeaux district guide (especially helpful for those looking for accommodation in Bordeaux). 

Let’s start the list of the best events taking place in Bordeaux in June 2024!

The best events in Bordeaux (and Gironde) in June 2023

Fête de la Morue

For more than two centuries, Bègles has been an important center of Morue (codfish) in France. Since 1996, this suburb of Bordeaux has celebrated the Morue every year with la Fête de la Morue, a famous culinary and culture festival that gives a stage to young artists. This year the festival will take place from May 31 to June 2nd, and as always it comes with a rich program of concerts, cooking workshops, exhibitions, tastings, conferences, and more. For more details follow the Facebook page of the event or check out the program.

The pride parade

The pride parade of Bordeaux will take place on June 1st. The parade will start at 13:00 at Place des Quinconces. See more details and updates here.

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les Filles association, is a series of concerts taking place at Square Dom Bedos in Bordeaux over the summer. This year concerts are going to take place in June with the first weekend (June 1-2) being the opening weekend of the festival. For the lineup and more details click here.

Soulac 1900

The Soulac 1900 jazz festival is taking place this year from May 31 to June 2nd in the charming town of Soulac sur Mer located in the north part of the Medoc area. The idea of the festival is to get you into the vibe, art, and culture of the 1900s. All the events and concerts will take place in the city center and the access is free. For more details click here.

Read more about what to do in Soulac and other towns nearby in my article about Medoc

Soulac 1900 - a festival in the Medoc

Festiv’Asques

Festiv’Asques is a rock festival on June 1st in Asques, a small village in Gironde, located on the Dordogne River. For the full program and tickets click here.

Festival Echappée Belle in Blanquefort

The Echappée Belle festival is a great entertaining event for the whole family merging theater, dance, circus, and other art forms. The festival will take place from May 30 to June 2 at Parc de Fongravey.  See the entire program here.

Open doors at the châteaux of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

The open door of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux will take place on June 1-2. Cadillac is a small and less-known appellation in the Bordeaux wine region but is worth visiting if you’re here during that weekend. 

See the list of participating Chateaux.

When there, don’t miss the beautiful Château de Cadillac, one of the most important historic monuments in Gironde. Check out other beautiful towns you can visit in that part of Gironde in my article about the most beautiful villages around Bordeaux.

Rendez-vous aux Jardins

Nature lovers will love this weekend! From May 31 to June 2nd, more than 200 parks and gardens (some are private) in Nouvelle Aquitaine will be open to the public. The events include guided visits, exhibitions, gardening workshops for kids, and more. For the full list of parks and gardens click here.

Read my article to discover the most beautiful public parks in Bordeaux

Dance at la guinguette chez Alriq

La Guinguette chez Alriq is a tavern in the Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. Especially loved by the local public, chez Alriq is a fun place to enjoy a summer evening in Bordeaux while listening to live music. The Guinguette is open from Thursday to Sunday. See the full program for this month here.

Festival Jazz 360

This is the 11th edition of the Jazz 360 festival which was initiated to support the creation of Jazz music. During the six days of the festival, tens of professional and young artists will take the stage in several different towns and villages in Gironde. The festival will take place from May 31 to June 9 in six different locations: Langoiran, Saint-Caprais-de-Bx, Cénac, Camblanes-et-Meynac, Quinsac, and Latresne.  For more details visit the site of the festival.

Grand Crus Weekend 

One of the most anticipated events in the Bordeaux wine region is the Grand Crus Weekend which will take place on June 7-9. This event, organized by the Union des Grands Crus (the regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 110 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of pre-organized dinners in the châteaux. Read more about the event and the full program here.

Bordeaux Rhum Festival

The Rhum Festival of Bordeaux will take place on June 8-9 at the Palais de la Bourse de Bordeaux. Come and taste some of the best Rhum in the world in one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious buildings. Here are more details.

Festival Le Haillan Chanté

The 13th edition of the singing festival, Le Haillan Chanté, will take place on June 5-8 in Le Haillan. French song lovers will adore this event which is full of performances of both current and more nostalgic songs. To see the full program of the festival click here.

Brocante des allées de Tourny

 Allées de Tourny in the center of Bordeaux is hosting a big antique market on June 7-8. See all the details here.

Bambino Party

On June 8-9 l’Île aux Enfants in Hourtin (Medoc Atlantic) will hold a kids festival for children up to 12 years old. This annual kids’ celebration will host plenty of artistic workshops and sportive activities. For more details click here.

For more kids-related activities check out my article about 30 things to do with kids in the Bordeaux region.

The Medieval Festival of South Gironde

The Medieval Festival of Gironde will take place on June 8-9 in the Cabiros forest in Landiras (about 40 min. south of Bordeaux). This unique site, at the heart of the forest, creates a perfect medieval-times atmosphere for this unique festival. The medieval village, the costumes, and the sword fighting are only part of the activities that will help you discover the history and habits of those ancient times. For more info check out the website of the festival.

ODP Music Festival in Peixotto

ODP is an annual music festival taking place in Parc Peixotto in Talence. This year the festival will take place on June 13-16. That’s one of the best music festivals in Bordeaux metropole and always has a great lineup. For more details and tickets go to the festival’s website and their Facebook page.

Madame Loyal

A huge electronic festival will take place on June 14-15 at the Parc des Expositions in Bordeaux. More than 30 live sets are waiting for you in the rich program of the Madame Loyal festival. See all the details and tickets here.

Jazz and Blues Festival in Leognan

The 27th edition of the Jazz and Blues Festival of Leognan will take place on June 12-15. Four concert nights will be given at three different towns in the area: Saucats, Martillac et Léognan. Take a look at the full program here.

La Fête du Vélo

The 27th edition of La Fête du vélo will take place on June 15. In the morning a big cycling parade will take place at Parc de Bourran in Merignac and will continue to other parts of Marignac. See all the details here.

Fête de la musique

The Fête de la Musique is a French national day, dedicated to the celebration of music, with free concerts and street parties happening on this day (June 21) all over France. This is an extraordinary day where you get to walk around the city and enjoy an endless variety of small and big concerts from any genre of music. Like every other city in France, Bordeaux too will celebrate La Fête de la Musique with its own street concerts and activities. Follow Lost in Bordeaux for more information about specific concerts, which will be published in June.

Fête de la musique a Bordeaux

When:  June 21 / Where: All over the city of Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Festival

This month (June 27-30) the banks of the Garonne will be again filled with wine lovers celebrating the Bordeaux wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin. During the days of the festival, big sailing boats will be docking along the banks of the river, be sure to reserve your spot if you want to visit them. Discover the other activities proposed during the festival here.

Wine Festival on the quai in Bordeaux
Wine Festival on the Quai

La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin has renovated its permanent exhibition and added plenty of cool and immersive sections for you to learn about wine. You can buy tickets here

If you’re not sure if it’s worth the price, you can check out my article about the Cite du Vin to see what to expect during your visit there. Visiting wineries is always a good option in the Bordeaux wine region. Check out my new article about the best wine tours in Bordeaux.

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992.  From June 2 to July 21, plenty of events will take place in 12 towns in the Gironde department. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns, and more. Check out the full program here.

Les Escapades Musicales

Les Escapades Musicales is a big classical music festival that takes place in different natural and historic sites around the Bassin d’Arcachon. During five weeks (from June 20 – to July 20) plenty of international musicians will take part in this festival, aiming to concert the unique sites of Arcachon with the elegance of classical music. See the program here

If you need more ideas on things to do in Arcachon, check out my article about a day trip to Arcachon

Baroque Festival 

Festes Baroques is a Baroque music festival taking place at different wine chateaux in South Gironde. So if you want to enjoy wine, beautiful music, and some of the most interesting patrimony in this region, this event is for you. The event will take place from June 25 to July 4. See more details here.

Big events and things to do in other parts of the SW of France

Rio Loco – the biggest music festival in Toulouse

Rio Loco, created in 1995, is one of the best festivals Toulouse has to offer. The festival is focused on world music and culture and aims to promote cultural diversity. Each year, the program includes plenty of open-air concerts, shows for kids, visual arts, and more. This year Rio Loco will take place on June 12-16. See more details here.

The festival takes place at Prairie des Filtres in the Saint Cyprien neighborhood (read more about Saint Syprien in my district guide).

Free music festival 

A three-day music festival will take place on June 21-22 on the beach of Lac de Montendre in Charentes Maritimes (about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux). See info and tickets here.

Festival Garorock

We’re going to end our list with of the biggest music festivals in our region, the Garorock! The popular festival is about to take place on June 27-30 in Marmande (about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux). Garorock is an international festival with 5 big stages that usually hosts more than 50 French and international artists. Click here for more info.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via Lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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Arcachon, with its stunning coastline, boasts an abundance of beautiful beaches waiting to be explored. While the central beach in Ville d’Été (summer city) boasts vibrant energy and proximity to amenities, those seeking tranquility may prefer the southern beaches,  in Ville de Printemps (spring city) and the majestic Dune du Pilat.

By the way, if you have no idea, what are these seasonal cities I’m talking about. That’s what different parts of Arcachon City are called 🙂 You can read all about it in my Arcachon guide

In this article, I’ll be talking about my favorite beaches in the southern part of Arcachon  Bay.  If you’re planning to go to the Cap Ferret peninsula, you should check out my article about the most beautiful beaches in Cap Ferret

Let’s dive into the best and most beautiful beaches of Arcachon!

The most beautiful beaches in Arcachon 

Plage Pereire

Plage Pereire with its scenic views stands out as a favorite among Arcachon’s beachgoers. Accessible via public transport, it offers convenience and scenic views. This wide beach, beloved for its safety and family-friendly atmosphere, stretches along the coastline, inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the sun. Club Plage Pereire, a beachfront restaurant, adds to the allure, providing a delightful dining experience amidst the coastal beauty. 

Plage Pereire is accessible by a short bus trip from the center of Arcachon which makes it very accessible and convenient to get to. However, the best way to get there and most beaches on my list is by bike (you can find plenty of bike rentals everywhere in the center). 

Plage Pereire – by Lost in Bordeaux

Plage des Arbousiers

For those seeking a peaceful getaway, Plage des Arbousiers welcomes you with its tranquil atmosphere and vast coastline. My favorite part is the southern stretch of this beach provides a serene escape. The northern section,  called Plage des Abatilles, is a part I don’t particularly love but it offers excitement for adventure seekers with SUP rentals and kite schools. With its laid-back vibe and convenient amenities like the Bikini bar, Plage des Arbousiers ensures a delightful beach experience to remember.

Plage du Moulleau

Often dubbed the beach of the Parisian affluent, Plage du Moulleau charms visitors with its family-friendly vibe and scenic surroundings. Whether arriving by car, bus, or bike, it’s effortlessly accessible, making it a favorite spot for families and beach enthusiasts alike. While summer days may draw bustling crowds, the charm of nearby bars and ice cream shops adds to the allure of a leisurely seaside retreat.

Plage du Moulleau - one of the liveliest beaches in Arcachon
Bars near Plage du Moulleau – by Lost in Bordeaux

So far, we’ve explored the beaches within Arcachon city limits, but now let’s venture to some hidden gems nestled in neighboring Pyla sur Mer, a charming part of La Teste de Buch town. Close to the iconic Dune du Pyla, these coastal treasures await discovery.

Plage Daniel Meller

Located near Pyla-sur-Mer, Plage Daniel Meller offers a serene escape with stunning views of the iconic Dune du Pyla. Ideal for families, it features a playground and grassy areas, providing options for both beachside relaxation and recreational activities. With its picturesque setting and family-friendly amenities, Plage Daniel Meller is a hidden gem awaiting discovery.

Plage Daniel Meller - one of the most beautiful beaches in Arcachon
Plage Daniel Meller – by Lost in Bordeaux

Plage de la Corniche

Tucked away from the crowds, Plage de la Corniche is a true hidden gem of the Bassin d’Arcachon. Accessible via stairs in Pyla-sur-Mer, adjacent to La C(o)orniche hotel, this beach offers a secluded retreat for those seeking tranquility. Surrounded by natural beauty and offering a serene ambiance, Plage de la Corniche is perfect for a peaceful day by the sea.

Le Petit Nice 

Le Petit Nice stands out as a top choice for families seeking a relaxed beach experience. With easy accessibility and free parking, it’s a convenient option for a day of seaside fun. Surrounded by lush forest, it offers picnic areas and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for a family outing.

A few minutes walk from the beach (next to the parking) you can find a restaurant and a snack bar called Restaurant Le Petit Nice. 

Le Petit Nice  - the most kids friendly beach in Arcachon
Le Petit Nice  – by Lost in Bordeaux

Plage de Salie Sud 

Venturing beyond Arcachon, Plage de Salie Sud awaits on the Atlantic coast, offering an entirely different beach experience. With its crashing waves and surfer-friendly conditions, it’s a haven for water sports enthusiasts. While less suitable for young children, this beach promises an exhilarating adventure for surfers and beachgoers alike.

Le  Salie Sud Beach also has a great surfing school and you can use it as an opportunity to take surfing lessons. You can book a group lesson here.

Whether you seek vibrant energy or secluded serenity, Arcachon’s beaches offer a diverse array of experiences, inviting visitors to explore the beauty of the coastline and create cherished memories by the sea.

If you’re lucky enough to have a few days in Arcachon, here are a few other articles you might find useful

A detailed guide to Arcachon
Best day trips to le Bassin d’Arcachon
15 best things to do with kids in Arcachon
Where to stay in Arcachon
What to do in Cap Ferret
The Best beaches in Cap Ferret
The best camping sites in Cap Ferret and Arcachon

If you’re also visiting Bordeaux be sure to check out my post about the best things to do in the city and the best hotels in Bordeaux. Arcachon is not the only day trip you can do from Bordeaux. The area is full of historic villages and beautiful nature. If you want to discover some of them, I invite you to read my article about the best day trips you can do by train from Bordeaux.

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via Lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in! 

I’m writing this article in May because I’m just too excited about all the events taking place in Bordeaux in July to keep this info to myself! So what’s happening in the Bordeaux region in July 2024, you ask? Events like Bordeaux Open Air, Dansons sur les Quais, and La Bataille de Castillon are only part of the long list you’ll find in this article. 

As usual, most of this list includes specific events, so if you want to see fun places to visit during the summer, check out the article about the best things to do during summer in Bordeaux. Also, every Friday I give updates about other events taking place in Bordeaux in my newsletter, so don’t forget to subscribe to my email list if you’re not on it yet. 

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux and you want to get more tips about traveling in Bordeaux and the Southwest of France feel free to join my Travel in the Southwest of France group on Facebook or follow me on my Facebook/ Instagram accounts. This time the list is long so I divided the list into things to do in Bordeaux and things to do in Gironde and other parts of SW in July 2024. Let’s start!

The best events in Bordeaux (and Gironde) in July 2024

Go for a drink in one of Bordeaux’s summer bars

Plenty of rooftops, terrace cafes, and open bars are surging all over the city starting at the end of May/beginning of June. Some are more posh and chic, others simple and chill but they are all super fun to hang out in during the summer in Bordeaux. Check out the list of the best summer bars in Bordeaux.

The most popular rooftop in Bordeaux - Mama shelter
Mama Shelter- by Lost in Bordeaux

Summer of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. The festival is taking place on July 1-11. See the full program here.

Before going check out my guide to the Medoc region to discover other places that are worth a visit on the way to your concert 🙂 

Les Escapades Musicales

Les Escapades Musicales is a big classical music festival that takes place in different natural and historic sites around the Bassin d’Arcachon. During five weeks (from June 20 – to July 20) plenty of international musicians will take part in this festival, aiming to concert the unique sites of Arcachon with the elegance of classical music. See the program here

If you need more ideas on things to do in Arcachon, check out my article about a day trip to Arcachon.

La Co(o)rniche - luxury hotel in Arcacachon
The infinity swimming pool at La Co(o)rniche

Don’t miss all the other amazing places to visit in Arcachon – it is the perfect summer destination.

Baroque Festival 

Festes Baroques is a Baroque music festival taking place at different wine chateaux in South Gironde. So if you want to enjoy wine, beautiful music, and some of the most interesting patrimony in this region, this event is for you. The event will take place from June 25 to July 4. See more details here.

Festival Rues et Vous

This is the 16th edition of Festival Rue et Vous, a performance art festival taking place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival will take place on July 5-6 and will include a rich program of theater, dance, circus, and music shows for both adults and kids. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.

Rions is one of the most beautiful villages around Bordeaux and is totally worth a visit.

Jalles House Rock

Le Jalles House Rock is one of the biggest rock festivals in Gironde that annually proposes a rich program of local and international acts. The goal of the festival is to share the love for rock music with as many people as possible and that’s why the entrance is free. They do however encourage you to donate to the Estran association that organizes the event. This year the festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles takes place on July 5-6. For more details check out the website of the festival.

Les 24h du Swing

This is the 34th edition of ‘les 24h du Swing’, a swing festival taking place on July 5-6 in Monségur. More than 40 concerts will take place at different locations like Bastide Monséguraise, des Tilleuls à la Halle, and different bars and restaurants in Monségur. For more info and tickets click here

Les Nouvelles Saisons – music festival

Les Nouvelles Saisons is a classic music festival taking place in Bordeaux on July 6-12 at Cour Mably, la Cathédrale de Bordeaux, and the main library of Bordeaux. The festival was created by the violoncellist Jeremy Genet and the composer Christian Lauba offering a great variety of musical styles (baroque, romantic, modern, and more). For more details and tickets click here.

Bordeaux in the summer
Bordeaux in the summer

Summer sales

Summer sales are a great opportunity to enjoy good deals on clothes, shoes, electronics, toys, and more. This summer Les Soldes d’été will take place from June 26 to July 23.

Celebrate the French National Day

July 14th is the French national day which is celebrated in every city in France. Like every year, Bordeaux will hold a series of popular events and parties. Apart from the traditional national day events, plenty of other parties will take place on July 13-14 in many parts of Gironde to celebrate this day. I will publish a list of the best events taking place that day in this article closer to July.

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, and more. 

All the dance classes will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux. The classes are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The event will take place on the quai almost daily on July 11-28. Many of the lessons and events this year require prior reservation, for more details and the full program see here.

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. Between July 15 and August 29, more than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus, and gastronomy will take place around the Metropole. Check out the full program of events here.

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place during the course of several weeks in the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving around the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions, workshops of medieval art, and more. For more info and tickets click here.

Andernos Jazz Festival 

One of the best Jazz festivals in the Gironde region is taking place this weekend (July 26-28) in Andernos les Bains. For more details about the Andernos Jazz Festival click here

Andernos les Bains Jazz Festival
Andernos les Bains Jazz Festival

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992.  From June 2 to July 21, plenty of events will take place in 12 towns in the Gironde department. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns, and more. Check out the full program here.

Big events in other parts of the SW of France – July 2024

Blues Passions in Cognac

Every July, Cognac hosts one of the biggest music festivals in the region called the Cognac Blues Passion. The festival, which will take place on July 2-6, includes some of the biggest names in the Blues world in its program. See the full program here

Le Festival de Saintes

This big music festival is taking place in the famous Abbaye-aux-Dames ( la cité musicale) in Saintes, a pretty town in Charentes Maritime. Le Festival de Saintes is an established classical music festival, bringing all the biggest names in the genres to one magical weekend every year. This year the festival will be taking place on July 13-20, See the program here

Jazz in Marciac

Marciac is a nice little village in the Gers department (about 2 hours’ drive from Bordeaux) that hosts one of the biggest Jazz festivals in the region. The festival takes place for three weeks (from July 18 to August 4) and has a very impressive lineup of international Jazz artists. Check out the full program here

Jazz in Sanguinet

Another amazing Jazz festival in our region takes place in Sanguinet, just next to Biscarrosse Lake. This is a fun and free event with plenty of concerts and exhibitions. This year the event will take place on July 12- 21, for more info click here

Fêtes de la Madeleine

Fêtes de la Madeleine is the big festival of Mont de Marsan, in the Landes department, celebrating the Gascogne culture. The five-day event transforms the city into a big carnival with plenty of concerts, traditional food, and activities for kids. The festival is taking place on July 17 – 21. Check out the long list of events here

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is a big music festival taking place in Luxey (about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux) on July 26-28.  See the lineup and ticket prices here. More info here.

Fête du Cognac

The Cognac festival celebrates the spirits of the region, the Cognac, Pineau des Charentes, and wines of the region. This is a fun and happy event with plenty of drinks and good music. And it’s an opportunity to discover one of the best destinations in the region, the town of Cognac

The event will take place on July 25-27 in the center of Cognac. See the full program here.

Vesere Festival 

The Vezere festival is a classical music festival taking place every summer in the Brive region. A long list of concerts will take place between July 8 and August 12 in the different theatres and chateaux in the region. See the program here

Brive is located on the border between the Corezze and the Dordogne departments and is a great destination for anyone traveling in the region in the summer. 

The Sarlat Theatre festival

The Sarlat Theatre Festival is one of the biggest theatre festivals in the region. From mid-July to the beginning of August the medieval town turns into a big theater stage with plenty of performances in different parts of the city center. This year the festival will be taking place from July 20 to August 5. See the program here

Is it your first time in Bordeaux?

Be sure to check up my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, which will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visit in Bordeaux. To help you to choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you choose your preferred location.

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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Delicious food, beautiful natural valleys, famous castles, exquisite gardens, some of France’s most beautiful small towns, outdoor activities in abundance, and prehistoric discoveries – those are just some of the reasons to visit Dordogne. If you’re planning a trip to France’s famous and historical Dordogne region this summer, I’ve got an incredible list for you. It’s one of my favorite vacation spots in all of France and I’ve compiled a list of no less than 40 of the best things to do while you’re there.

I also have a separate article on the best things to do with kids in Dordogne which you should check out if you’re traveling as a family! There are plenty of fun attractions and activities for young and not-so-young. Also, if you’re confused about where the best places to base yourself to discover Dordogne – my article will help you choose the right place

I divided the list into categories like gastronomy and heritage for you to easily find what you’re looking for. Let’s dive into the best things to do in Dordogne.

The best places to visit in Dordogne – Heritage and charm 

Visit Sarlat-la-Canéda – the most beautiful town in Dordogne

Sarlat-la-Canéda is one of France’s most stunning medieval towns with incredible sights, food, and history. It’s one of the liveliest destinations in the Dordogne region with plenty of attractions and important landmarks. The town is thought to have originated around the 11th century and many buildings still standing today are from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. It’s a history aficionado’s paradise! But also a foodie heaven with an incredible amount of restaurants and gastronomic shops.

Sarlat host one of th best markets in Sarlat
The market of Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Head to the Sarlat market, the biggest and best food market in all of Southwest France! On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the city center comes alive with bustling market vendors and smells of food fill the air. You can also take a market food tour, for the full gastronomic experience. 

If you want to learn more, check out my comprehensive guide on everything to do, eat, and see in Sarlat.

Explore the Lascaux caves and their prehistoric art

The Lascaux cave is an archaeological treasure unveiling captivating paintings and engravings dating back over 17,000 years. You should know that the original caves were closed to the public in 1963. This decision was made to protect the delicate and ancient cave paintings from harmful effects such as changes in temperature and humidity. However, the extraordinary replicas are very accurate and worth the visit.

Only a limited number of people can enter Lascaux so I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance. There’s usually only one tour in English a day so make sure you choose the right language when booking. Lascaux II is open from April to November. If you’re staying in Sarlat you can also take a guided tour that includes a visit to the Lascaux caves and the prehistoric town of Les Eyzies which is next on our list. 

Visit Les Eyzies and its prehistoric sites

Les Eyzies de Tayac is probably the best place to start to find out why Dordogne is so popular – it’s known as the prehistoric center of France! Set in the center of the Vézère valley in Dordogne, Les Eyzies is one of the most important towns in all of France. It’s known as the global prehistoric capital due to the many caves, underground dwellings, and drawings from that period. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, this town of less than 1,000 residents receives close to a million visitors every year. 

If you, like those one million tourists, are fond of history, then Les Eyzies – situated among 400,000 years of human history – is the place for you. It’s perfectly located for a day trip in Dordogne, just a 25-minute drive from Sarlat-la-Canéda and Beynac. If you’re staying in Sarlat, you can take a private day trip that will help you discover some of Les Eyzies’ highlights.

Discover some of the most beautiful villages in all of France 

10 of Dordogne’s villages are labeled as the official most beautiful villages in France by the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association. And even this impressive number doesn’t come close to the actual number of stunning villages and towns Dordogne has to offer. 

If you only have a few days in the region, think about taking a tour that will take you to some of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne. This half-day tour, for example, will offer you a visit to Beynac and Domme and a boat ride on traditional gabarre at La Roque Gageac.

Beynac et Cazenac on of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne
Beynac et Cazenac – by Lost in Bordeaux

I have a detailed guide to the most beautiful villages in Dorodge, but here are just a few highlights: Beynac-et-Cazenac is possibly the most famous village in the region offering breathtaking views, yellow-stoned houses, and cobblestoned streets soaked in history. La Roque-Gageac is a fairytale-like village built into the limestone cliffs cascading down into the river and goes back as far as the 12th century. Most of the kayaking trips on the Dordogne River pass through this La Roque-Gageac, which is another great way to explore it.

Domme is adored by locals and expats living in the region for its peaceful charm, beautiful architecture, and dreamy views. Dating back to the 13th century, Domme was once a strategic defense lookout during the Hundred Years War between France and England.

Visit some of the most impressive castles in the region

France is one of the best countries in the world for visiting castles, or châteaux in French. There are an estimated 45,000 castles, each holding a special place in the country’s history. Dordogne, famous for its medieval castles and fortified towns, is said to be home to 1001 châteaux.

Summers at the castles are wonderfully festive as many of them host events, child-friendly adventures and games, night markets, musical evenings, and even candlelit picnics. Whether you’re looking for romance or family fun, the châteaux of Dordogne have it all!

Château de Castelnaud - best castles to visit in Dordogne
Château de Castelnaud- Lost in Bordeaux

I have a detailed guide on the best castles in Dordogne where you can see photos and find ticket information, but here’s a summary of my favorite, not-to-miss châteaux in the region: Château de Beynac, Château de Castelnaud, Château de Milandes (more details on this fabulous castle down below), Château de Hautefort, Château de Commarque, Château et Jardins de Losse, Château de Marzac. The list goes on! See my full list here.

See the house Josephine Baker used to live in

Château de Milandes, a charming, dainty, Gothic château was built in 1489 by the Caumont family. In the 1940s, American-born dancer, entertainer, WWll resistance agent, and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker, bought the castle. She lived there with her husband and grew her family, adopting 12 children and working for the French resistance movement during the Second World War. 

Today, you can see incredible displays detailing Joséphine’s life at Milandes, including stage costumes and stories about her life. That’s what attracts most of the visitors to the impressive Château de Milandes. 

There is also a magnificent garden, a very pretty chapel, a parakeet aviary, and fantastic birds of prey shows. Children can do falconry workshops and feed exotic birds, play with swords in a musketeer workshop, and feed goats while adults can also participate in a range of fun, educational activities all summer long.

Visit Rocamadour

One of the most popular places to visit in the Dordogne valley is Rocamadour, an important pilgrimage destination. Located about an hour from Sarlat, Rocamadour is one of the most beautiful villages in France and is also famous for its delicious cheese.

Rocamadour - one of the best places to visit in tne Dordogne Valley
Rocamadour

Today, the village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is very busy! There’s one main street in the village and it’s extremely touristy with plenty of restaurants and shops of local gastronomy and souvenirs. But in my opinion, it’s so moving and mesmerizing that you can still enjoy it even when it’s very crowded. There’s a guided tour going from Sarlat to Rocamadour, which is recommended especially if you want to avoid renting a car.

Go underground at Gouffre de Padirac

The Padirac cave is a remarkable natural wonder located near Rocamadour in the neighboring department of Lot. It is an immense underground chasm that offers a unique and breathtaking experience for visitors.  Descending into its depths, you’ll navigate an underground river and marvel at the stunning rock formations. The highlight of the visit is the Grand Dome, a vast cavern surrounding a serene underground lake.

Before you leave, don’t miss the “Cœur de Gouffre”, a heart-shaped chamber, creating a stunning window to the outside world. Buy your tickets and see opening dates and times here.

Uncover the Capital of Purple Perigord – Bergerac 

Bergerac is the capital of the southern part of the Dordogne, Périgord Pourpre, named after the colors of its wines. The town is considered one of the best places to base yourself while exploring the Dordogne region. The town boasts a beautiful medieval old town with winding lanes, charming squares, and cute boutiques. Not only does it have a stunning and very lively city center but Bergerac is also surrounded by an impressive number of medieval villages, castles, and wineries. 

You can’t miss my comprehensive list of what to do and where to eat in Bergerac.

Visit a famous French philosopher’s castle and get a free wine-tasting 

Michel de Montaigne, better known as simply Montaigne, was a French Renaissance philosopher and writer. The château where he lived and died is located between Bordeaux and the heart of Dordogne and is a wonderful visit for the whole family. Your ticket to tour the castle and the vast gardens also includes a free wine tasting of the wines made on the property.

There is a play area for kids, a place to picnic outside when it’s warm, various activities and workshops for adults and kids alike, and a wine shop to keep you entertained. Book your tickets here.

Chateau Montaigne - a beautiful castle to visit near Bergerac
Chateau Montaigne – by Lost in Bordeaux

A day trip to Eymet and the 1000 Games caste

Located in the Bergerac region about 100 km from Bordeaux, Eymet is less famous than some of the villages in the Sarlat region, but this cute little village with its picturesque houses and abundance of restaurants is a great option for a day trip.

Eymet is a rather lively little town with plenty of restaurants and a small cultural scene. I have an entire article about the perfect day out in Eymet – you should head over to the article and see what I recommend to do in the village.

Restaurants in Eymet Dordogne
Eymet – by Lost in Bordeaux

While you’re there, you can’t miss Chateau de Bridoire – the castle of games. Château de Bridoire is located at the heart of the Monbazillac wine region about 15 minutes by car from Eymet. The beautiful château is a private historical monument dating back to the 15th century. 

Discover the white city of Périgueux

Périgueux, nestled in the white Perigord area of Dordogne, is the official capital of Dordogne. I find this city particularly pretty and unique in the region and it’s one of my favorite places to go back to. Every Saturday the town hosts one of the best markets in the region. 

Perigeux one of the most beautiful cities in Dordogne
The beautiful Perigeux – Lost in Bordeaux

The city is a bit far from the main landmarks that first-comers to Dordogne tend to visit like Sarlat and many of the prehistoric sites. It takes about an hour to get to Sarlat, Lascaux, and Les Eyzies. But it’s an amazing base for discovering the less-known parts of the Dordogne department, especially if it’s not your first time in the region.

Take a trip to Brantôme – the Venice of Dordogne

The charming town, nicknamed the Venice of Perigord, is located in Green Perigord, the northern and less discovered part of the Dordogne department. Brantôme is home to the Benedictine abbey, which together with its 11th-century Romanesque bell tower is considered one of the most important sites in Perigord’s heritage.

Brantome en Perigord - the highlight of green Perigord
Brantôme – a stunning place in Perigord Vert – Lost in Bordeaux

The town is situated in the Dronne Valley where you can enjoy various activities from kayaking to beautiful villages and stunning castles. A famously charming town loved by tourists, Brantôme is busiest in July and August. Brantome is a great place to stay in the summer season, with plenty of fun summer activities.

Best parks and outdoor adventures in Dordogne 

A kayaking adventure on the Dordogne River

This is one of the most fun activities to do in Dordogne, whether you’re visiting as a family, a couple, or a group of friends. With its gentle currents and breathtaking surroundings, the river offers a perfect setting for a family-friendly water escapade. 

Kayaking on the Dordogne river - one of the best day trips in Dordogne
Kayaking / Canoeing near Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Along the banks of the Dordogne River, you’ll find kayaking clubs dotted throughout the villages, offering an array of routes suitable for all ages. Explore the most enchanting villages near Sarlat, such as Castelnaud-la-Chapelle or Beynac, which also conveniently have kayaking clubs where you can pick one up. 

Here’s my article about the best kayaking clubs in Dordogne and if you’re staying around Sarlat/ Domme –  here’s a good one for canoe/ kayak rental

Discover exquisite French gardens

The French have a long history of exquisite gardens and have produced some of the most renowned landscape architects in the world. Dordogne is home to an astounding number of stunning gardens. In fact, there are so many to visit, I have an entire article on the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne.

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac on of the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Here are some of my personal favorites: Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Eyrignac et ses Jardins, Les Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil, Les Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson-Lavilledie, Château et jardins de Losse, and many more.

Cycle along the Vezere River

Starting from Les Eyzies, there’s a fantastic new biking route that follows the Vézère river called La Voie Verte. You can take an easy ride along the river to Le Bugue (another city worth visiting) or continue to Limeuil, one of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne. Here’s a bike rental place with a snack bar I recommend located in Les Eyzies near the river.

Take your kids to a history-themed amusement park

Take a voyage back in time to 1900 at Parc du Bournat, a theme park for the whole family built like a historical village. Through rides, activities, and games, you’ll discover the animal island with a petting zoo and a mini farm as well as how to bake in the old-fashioned way and craft a variety of handmade leather, metal, and pottery goods. There are also rides and a funfair as well as guided tours, or you can simply stroll through the ancient village and be transported back in time.

Buy your tickets and find out more information on the opening hours here. Read my article for more ideas for things to do with kids in Dordogne.

Le Bournat - one of the best attractions for kids in the Dordogne region
Discover how walnuts oil is produced- Le Bournat Park

Fly over valleys and rivers on a hot air balloon

A hot-air balloon trip in Dordogne is a once-in-a-lifetime magical experience for families and friends of all ages. The trip will take you up into the air and you’ll soar over the castles of Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes, and La Roque Gageac, and go low over the rooftops of some of France’s most beautiful villages. Prepare for one of the most breathtaking, romantic rides you’ll ever experience!

At this link you can check out the trip details and book your tickets.

Go to one of the river beaches in Dordogne

Just because you’re not at the seaside, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, sunny beach days! Along the riverbanks of the Dordogne, you’ll find plenty of cute beach spots where you can cool down on a hot day. 

Here are some of the best beaches on the Dordogne River that you can visit from Sarlat: Limeuil, La Plage du Port in Creysse, Vitrac, Magali Plage, Meyraguet, Lanzac, Plage du Pont de Vicq.

Go to a river beach in Dordogne
A beach on the Dordogne river – Lost in Bordeaux

Skydive over the Dordogne Valley

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not jump from an aircraft at 3,500 meters over the Dordogne Valley? This tandem skydiving experience is bound to get your blood pulsing. Anyone over the age of 15 is welcome and it’s okay for all fitness levels. From the Sarlat-Domme airfield, in the heart of the Dordogne valley classified as a World Biosphere Reserve, you’ll take off on your half-day adventure.

You’ll enjoy the incredible sensations of free falling while looking over all the rivers, valleys, villages, and castles of the beautiful Périgord. You can even get photos and videos taken of your exploit. Book your tickets here.

Sky Diving in Dordogne France
Sky Diving in Dordogne – Credit: Manawa

Take an old-fashioned ride on a steam train

What’s better than a fun trip in an old-fashioned steam train with sweeping views over the Dordogne valley? Check out this great activity, where you get to ride a historical steam locomotive from Martel. Grab the best seat and get ready for a 13 km round trip along the edge of cliffs over 200m above the Dordogne valley. This is a very fun activity to do with kids. 

Historical steam locomotive from Martel - one of the best attractions with kids in Dordogne
Historical steam locomotive from Martel – Lost in Bordeaux

Get your heart rate up with wakeboarding, water skiing or kneeboarding

If you’re feeling adventurous, I could have just the activity for you this summer! Located in Lanouaille in the northern part of Dordogne, this leisure center has great water sports options. There is a cable that pulls you along the water and you can choose from different kinds of sports. You can also choose whether you just want to do one hour or get a half- or full-day session.

The bonus? One of the operators in this activity is the official French wakeboarding team’s coach! So you’ll get great tips and advice to improve your form and have the best time ever.

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The best gastronomic experiences in Dordogne 

Feast your way through Dordogne’s most delicious markets

Dordogne is home to some of the best markets in France and luckily for you, there are several of them happening daily in different villages and towns in the department. As I previously mentioned, Sarlat is seen as the best market in the region ( taking place every Wed and Sat) but there are many other amazing ones like the Saturday market in Perigueux, Terrasson-Lavilledieu on a Thursday, or Le Bugue market on Tuesday.

A typical morning market in Dordogne, France
A typical morning market in Dordogne – by Lost in Bordeaux

In the summer the region also hosts great night markets with one of the best ones happening every Friday in  Les Eyzies. 

Have fun and learn something new at a cooking workshop

At Sara and Ian’s old stone farmhouse in the heart of rural Dordogne, you’ll find a charming holiday spot with great cooking classes. As a former chef, Ian enjoys giving cooking classes using some of the region’s most famed and delicious delicacies. Anyone aged 5 and over is welcome! 

The cooking experiences/ workshops are offered daily from May to October – you can see details and book directly online here

Indulge your taste buds at a Michelin-starred restaurant

 If you’re a foodie, Dordogne is the place for you. Not only can you enjoy the countless local markets and wineries, but you can experience French haute gastronomie in one of the region’s many Michelin-starred restaurants.

The French are known around the world for their culinary genius, and in this region, you can taste some of the most skilled chefs in the country whipping up local delicacies. Use this link to search for restaurants and their menus – you can see where they’re located on the map and filter by price or type of cuisine.

Visit a working farm in Dordogne 

Visiting a working farm is a wonderful way to discover a new region, meet locals, and experience regional food and drinks.

This website is dedicated to helping you find the perfect farm to visit. You can choose whether you want to taste local food and drinks, sleepover, or participate in activities. You’ll also find information on current markets, fairs, and other events that the farms host during the summer months.

A visit and a picnic at a farm in Dordogne
A visit and a picnic at a farm in Dordogne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Attend one of Dordogne’s famous gastronomic events

Dordogne hosts plenty of fun events and festivals all year long, and they usually include good food and drinks along with the fun! Apart from different food festivals, Dordogne also hosts many music, art, and theater events you don’t want to miss. I have an entire article detailing the best events, but here are some of my favorites:

The truffle festival in Sarlat, the Châteaux En Fête across the region where many castles have pop-up festivals, the strawberry festival in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the flower festival in Saint-Jean-de-Cole. That’s just to name a few! Check out the full list here – including some bonus festivals for day trips from Dordogne.

Go wine tasting in the Bergerac region

If you have a couple of days in Bergerac, you absolutely can’t miss the surrounding wineries. While Bergerac wine is not as famous as the Bordeaux wine region, locals and wine professionals know all about the Bergerac wines. They are excellent value for money and great for a change from the more upmarket Bordeaux wines. 

Bergerac wines are often softer and easier to drink for everyday pleasure than wines you would age for a long time. Whether you like red, white, or rosé, you can find it all around Bergerac! Domaine du Haut Pécharmant is a great winery if you want to try different types of wine in one place. 

Here’s my article with the best day trips from Bergerac, where I included some of the best wineries to visit in the region. 

Learn how Caviar is made

If you plan on spending any time in between Bergerac and Périgueux, the small town of Neuvic has a great day trip I’d highly recommend. Caviar is one of France’s tastiest delicacies – here you can go behind the scenes to see how it’s made at a sturgeon fish farm and enjoy a caviar tasting led by professionals!

You can book this great guided 2-hour tour during which you’ll learn the ins and outs of local caviar production, with professional fish-breeders on hand to share their expertise. You’ll end the visit with a caviar tasting, sampling the estate’s local products—including sturgeon rillettes and caviar butter—over a glass of sparkling wine.

A visit to a Caviar farm in Neuvic Dordogne
Cavian de Neuvic – Lost in Bordeaux

Join a walnut oil workshop

Walnuts are one of the Dordogne’s most famous delicacies and the quality and taste are unparalleled. Spend a morning discovering the trade of the miller during this 2-hour workshop, during which you get to make your own walnut oil. You’ll learn authentic know-how and the entire process of transforming walnut shells into oil.

You can choose between a workshop near Périgueux or the same one near Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Discover local duck delicacies

Dordogne, like the rest of France, is famous for its gastronomy. You’ll notice that many of the points in this article are centered on food or drinks! Whilst it was the ancient Egyptians who discovered it, Foie Gras is considered an institution in the south-west of France. The Dordogne region is renowned for being the capital of this gourmet product, which is often served on special occasions.

Duck is considered a specialty in itself too, with the breasts, legs, and wings all claiming their rightful place at the table. The breasts (magrets de canard) are grilled to perfection whilst the legs and wings are preserved in the fat and served confit-style; both are a staple in Dordogne. There are tons of epiceries or delis and restaurants in every village where you can taste duck and how the locals cook it. You won’t be disappointed.

Art, yoga, antiques, and summer fun in Dorodnge

Shop at an antique market

France is known for its antiques, and the markets where you can buy all those fantastic vintage items are called brocantes. Dordogne is home to plenty of great antique markets! You’ll have a fun day out perusing the clothes, paintings, glassware, crockery, and silverware that dates back sometimes decades.

Check out this website to filter your search for brocantes near where you’ll be staying on your vacation.

Amazing brocantes/ antique markets in Dordogne
Cute stuff I find in brocantes in the Dordogne department

La Route des Métiers d’Art

Throughout the Périgord artists, artisanal creators, and designers work all year long. There is a website dedicated to showing you where they all are located along your vacation route – called La Route des Métiers d’Art. You can choose which ones you want to visit and make day trips out of the discovery. There are sculptors, jewelry designers, painters, glass blowers, potters, and many more artisans, all of whom invite you to visit their studios or boutiques.

One of the most beautiful villages on that route is Limeuil. Limeuil is a medieval town, built at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers and used to be an important port town. You can spend a full day here, exploring the stone houses on the small side streets rising from the banks of the river to the top of the hill.

A pottery market in Limeuil , Dordogne
A pottery market in Limeuil , Dordogne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Get in touch with your inner yogi – and with nature

If you’re looking for a zen, peaceful trip to calm your mind and relax your body, this retreat is made for you. A 4-day yoga and meditation retreat with nature walks in the Dordogne, this trip is sure to make you feel like a new person!

With daily morning meditation, 2 daily classes, a creative art and mindful group project, and guided forest walks, you’re sure to have a relaxing 4 days. And the bonus is you’ll discover a beautiful part of Dordogne between the villages of Tocane-Saint-Apre and Douchapt.

I recommend you book early and it’s usually booked way in advance!

Indulge in a spa day

Nuxe, one of France’s most loved pharmaceutical beauty and skincare brands, has a wonderful spa in Dordogne that would be a shame to miss. At Domaine de Rochebois, situated just a short drive from Sarlat-la-Canéda, you’ll find a beautiful hotel, golf estate, restaurants and the Nuxe spa.

Treat yourself to a day of tranquility and relaxation with wonderful treatments, delicious-smelling products, and a lovely lunch with sweeping views over the Dordogne Valley.

A relaxing day at the Spa of Domaine de Rochebois
A relaxing day at the Spa of Domaine de Rochebois – by Lost in Bordeaux

Enjoy Dordogne’s vibey night markets

Dordogne comes alive in summer and the fun doesn’t stop, even carrying on into the evenings with food and family fun. Night markets are a perfect way to discover small villages in the Southwest of France and get a nice dose of French rural vibes on the way. Stalls of regional delicacies, live music, and happy tipsy locals in a beautiful setting: an experience you don’t want to miss.

I have a whole article on the best night markets in the Southwest of France which you should definitely check out to get more details. There are usually at least 3-4 different markets taking place daily in different villages all around the Dordogne department, you just have to choose the ones closest to where you’re staying. You can find all of them on the websites of the Bergerac tourist office and Perigord Noir tourist office.

Best day trips from Dordogne

Take a day trip to Bordeaux, the world’s wine capital

No trip to Dordogne is complete without at least a stopover in Bordeaux. I’m biased because Bordeaux is my home, but it’s one of the most busy, beautiful, buzzing, alluring cities in all of Europe.

I’ve got a ton of articles dedicated to Bordeaux and its surroundings, including where to eat, events coming up, the best wineries to visit, and which museums to see. You can find my very detailed guide to a weekend in Bordeaux here.

The beautiful town of Bordeaux
The center of Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

Some of my most highly recommended things to do and see while you’re there include: a walking, cycling, or boat tour in Bordeaux, Visiting a famous Bordeaux winery, Trying local, traditional dishes at various markets and restaurants, and more. Here’s my comprehensive list of the 50 best things to do and see in Bordeaux.

Visit the world-famous Saint-Émilion and its wineries 

Saint Emilion, one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world, is home to more than 800 wineries. Thousands of hectares of vines surround the medieval village making the landscape an unforgettable scenery. But beyond the wine, the village is worth a visit because of its charming beauty, ancient architecture, and fascinating history. Today, the stunning Saint-Émilion is listed as a heritage site by UNESCO. It’s no wonder it attracts more than a million tourists every year. 

I’ve compiled a detailed guide on what to do, where to eat, and what to see when in Saint-Émilion here. In the article, I also go into detail on how to visit wineries, plan tours, and experience wine tastings.

If you plan to spend a night in Saint Emilion, here’s my guide to the best hotels

what to do in Saint emilion
Saint Emilion – lost in Bordeaux

Check out distilleries in the beautiful Cognac

Renowned for its celebrated brandy, Cognac is definitely a highlight for alcohol enthusiasts. But Cognac is more than just its spirits – it’s a captivating region boasting picturesque landscapes, delectable cuisine, and a myriad of attractions waiting to be discovered.

If you’re there to taste cognac, once referred to as the ‘nectar of the gods’ by French writer Victor Hugo, you have to see this article about the best distilleries to visit. 

Discover the Lot department nearby 

The Lot department is located slightly southeast of Dordogne, but a very close drive from some of Dordogne’s most beautiful villages. If you’ve got some spare time during your Dordogne vacation, I recommend taking a day trip to discover Lot. I’ve already recommended the famous village of Rocamadour, but there are many more places to discover in Lot. 

The capital of the Lot department, Cahors is located within an hour’s drive from famous destinations in the region like Sarlat and Rocamadour. The town is known for its regional food delicacies, such as truffles and foie gras. Martel, the town with the steam train, is also a pleasant little town to visit.

If you prefer to take a guided tour, there’s this trip, which takes you on one of the best hikes in all of the Dordogne Valley. Starting with a guided tour of the picturesque village of Loubressac, you then move on to hike along the cliff of Autoire, passing along castles and waterfalls on your way. It’s a lovely day outdoors for the whole family.

Carennac - a stunning village in Lot, France
Carennac – a stunning village in Lot – Lost in Bordeaux

I hope you enjoyed my list of best things to do in Dordogne and no matter how much time you’re going to travel there just remember to pause and enjoy the charm and beauty this region has.

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The wild Atlantic coast of Southwest France is a paradise for surfers, especially beginners. The long coastline offers a mix of beach breaks and a vibrant surfing culture. The hot summers and consistent waves make this region an ideal destination for both experienced and aspiring surfers.

In this article, I’ve included the best surfing spots on the Atlantic coast. My list features beaches near Bordeaux, the Basque Country, and the Landes department, along with the top surfing schools in each location. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro surfer, this guide will help you decide where to surf in Southwest France.

Best surfing beaches on the Atlantic coast – Basque country and Les Landes

Cote de Basques in Biarrtiz

Located in the Basque Country, Biarritz is a city steeped in surfing history that offers a variety of surf spots catering to different skill levels, from the powerful waves at Grande Plage to Marbella Beach’s challenges. The ideal beach for beginners in Biarritz is Cote de Basques an iconic surf spot, bustling with surf schools in summer and offering a sheltered location and gentle waves.

Surfing lessonsLa Vague Basque School offers exceptional surfing lessons on the legendary Côte des Basques beach. Whether you’re starting or aiming to refine your skills, La this school offers a range of lesson options, including group lessons for a social experience and private lessons for personalized attention. Book your surf lessons here

Surfing in Biarritz
surfing schools in Biarritz- Lost in Bordeaux

Bidard in the French Basque county 

Located between Biarritz and Guéthary on the Basque coastal path, Bidard offers over 5 kilometers of coastline with world-famous surfing spots. Spring and autumn are ideal for beginners, with consistent waves and fewer crowds. 

Among the most popular surfing spots in Bidard is Plage de l’Uhabia. Known for its long, fun waves, accessibility, and summer lifeguard presence, this beach is a favorite spot for beginners and families. The beach’s spacious layout and gentle waves offer a welcoming environment for learning and enjoying the surf.

Plage d’Erretegia is another great spot for surfing in Bidard. Surrounded by cliffs and part of a Sensitive Natural Area, this beach provides a picturesque backdrop for surfing in tranquility and beauty. It is easily accessible by foot or bike and there’s summer supervision, which ensures a safe and enjoyable surfing experience.

Surfing school – Located at Chemin de Parlementia, Taiba Surf Club caters to all levels, from beginners to experienced surfers. Their certified instructors focus on safety, paddling techniques, and wave selection, so you can feel relaxed and safe to experiment. Book your surfing course here

Plage des Cavaliers in Anglet

Plage des Cavaliers in Anglet is a renowned surf spot for its powerful waves and international competitions. Despite its challenging waves, the beach is also suitable for beginners, especially during mid-tide. With nearby amenities and access to other surf spots along the Anglet coastline, it’s a popular choice for surfers of all levels and a must-visit destination for surf enthusiasts.

Surfing schoolGliss is a great school that offers surfing courses adapted to any individual level and includes personalized instruction, top-notch equipment, and small group sizes for focused learning. Book your course here

surfing schools for kids in the Basque country
Take surfing lessons on the Basque coast – by Lost in Bordeaux

Hossegor

Hossegor is one of the most renowned surfing spots worldwide. Known for its fast, hollow waves, vibrant après-surf scene, and acclaimed surf camps, it’s truly a surfer’s paradise. Hossegor features a three-kilometer stretch of sand and four distinctive surf spots. Among them is La Sud, the most beginner-friendly spot in Hossegor, offering good protection from big swells.

Surfing school – Surf Trip in Hossegor is a perfect place for beginners, with ideal conditions year-round and a one to six-day course for a group of up to 8 people. You’ll learn basic techniques, and surfing history, and gain confidence and autonomy. Book your surfing lessons here

Surfing in Hossegor, Southwest of France
Surfing school in Hossegor – by Lost in Bordeaux

Seignosse

Seignosse offers some of the most thrilling beach breaks in southwest France, capturing the full force of the Bay of Biscay swell. Though often overshadowed by neighboring Hossegor, Seignosse’s peaks feature wedgy, hollow waves that attract surfers of all levels.

Surfing schoolAuthentic Surf has a tailored beginner’s experience led by passionate instructors Michaël and Mikaël. You’ll receive theoretical guidance before hitting the waves, and enjoy personalized instruction in the water for rapid progress. You can book your surfing adventure in Seignosse here

Where to surf near Bordeaux and Arcachon

Lacanau Ocean

Boasting one of the oldest surf clubs in the area, Lacanau Ocean is a historic hub for surfing in France. With its sandy beaches, serene lake, and lush pine forest, It is one of the best surfing vacation destinations. Known for its quality waves, Lacanau offers safe learning conditions in shallow waters, which makes it perfect for beginners.

Where to take surfing lessons in Lacanau – BO & CO surf school offers tailored lessons to all ages and skill levels. They have advanced equipment, especially suitable for beginners, like surfboards that make learning in the water much easier. Out of your 2-hour lesson, 1.5 hours will be spent in the water! Book your surf lessons here

Lacanau Ocean is the perfect place for surfing near Bordeaux
Surfing at Lacanau Ocean – by Lost in Bordeaux

La Salie sud in Arcachon

Located near the Dune du Pilat, La Salie Sud in Arcachon offers year-round surfing with reliable conditions amidst stunning scenery. Summer is perfect for beginners, while the shoulder seasons provide punchier waves with fewer crowds. Overall, it is a great spot, ideal for both learners and experts.

Surfing lessons in Arcachon It’s On Surf School offers tailored lessons for all levels. Led by Stéphane and his certified team, enjoy this amazing surf spot with its stunning landscape, including La Salie Sud. Book your surfing lessons here

Plage Du Truc Vert in Cap Ferret

Cap Ferret offers a surfer’s paradise with 25 km of beaches and numerous surf spots, including Plage Du Truc Vert. Nestled between Arcachon Bay and the Ocean, it’s known for its unstable sandbanks, creating ideal surfing conditions for all levels, including beginners! 

If you want more info about Cap Ferret check out my articles Best things to do in Cap Ferret and The best beaches in Cap Ferret

Surfing lessons in Cap Ferret– Perfect for beginners, Cap Ferret Surf School offers a safe, dynamic intro to surfing. Choose group or private sessions, tailored to your level. With top-notch gear and expert instruction, you’ll have the best first surfing experience on this beautiful beach. Book your surfing course here

You can also join this amazing surfing campRemi’s Surf School offers an amazing opportunity to discover Cap Ferret’s surfing scene in a one-week surf camp. Their program includes a laid-back beach house stay, daily surfing lessons, and delicious meals. Perfect for social beginners and those looking to improve their skills in a warm environment. Book your place in the camp here

Surfing in Medoc - near Bordeaux
Surfing in the Bordeaux region – by Lost in Bordeaux

L’Amelie in Medoc Atlantique

Médoc Atlantique offers 124 km of beaches, 22 of which are supervised. They extend from Lacanau to Pointe de Grave and offer surfing spots for all levels. Summer welcomes beginners, while winter attracts locals with swells and empty peaks. L’Amélie Beach is a beautiful, supervised, sandy beach, located near the charming town of Soulac sur Mer. You can find reliable waves and a picturesque setting for safe swimming and family fun.

Where to take surfing lessons in Medoc AtlantiqueNouvelle Vague in Soulac-sur-Mer offers an exhilarating experience with spots suited to your abilities and expert guidance along Gironde’s Atlantic coast. Ideal for beginners, these small-group sessions ensure personalized attention from passionate instructors. There are also dedicated surf lessons for kids aged 3 to 10. You can book your surf lessons here. 

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If you made it to Bordeaux this summer, welcome! If you live here and staying in the region this summer, you’re lucky, because August in the Bordeaux area feels like a nonstop party.

We have several music festivals happening in Bordeaux itself and tens of events (sports, gastronomy, art, etc.) in other parts of Gironde such as Arcachon, Cap Ferret, and Saint Emilion. The list is long so I had to divide it into things to do in the Bordeaux region (the Gironde department) and events in other parts of the SW of France.

Summer in the Bordeaux region - Soulac sur Mer

You will see that most of the events in mid-August are taking place outside of the center of Bordeaux and some might require renting a car to get there. But it’s definitely not a must, you can enjoy Bordeaux without going anywhere. 

Also, be sure to read my article about things to do in Bordeaux during the summer to get many ideas of fun stuff to do in the region. And if you’re traveling to Toulouse this summer, here’s a list of events taking place in the pink city

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Note – if you’re reading this article in July, make sure to go through my July list as well.

Here are some of the best things you can do in Bordeaux in August 2024!

The best events in Bordeaux (and Gironde) in August 2024

Go for a drink in one of Bordeaux’s summer bars

Plenty of rooftops, terrace cafes, and open bars are surging all over the city starting from the end of May/beginning of June. Some are more posh and chic, others simple and chill but they are all super fun to hang out in during the summer in Bordeaux. Check out the list of the best summer bars in Bordeaux.

Les Planches Éphémères summer bar in Bordeaux

Go to the beach

If you’re coming here for the summer I’m sure that going to the beach is on your list. This area is abundant with beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic coastline as well as on the many lakes surrounding the city. If you want to discover some new beaches around Bordeaux check out my article about the best beaches near Bordeaux

For more ideas for activities with kids, check out my article about 30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux.

Reggae Sun Ska music festival

The 24th edition of this fun reggae festival will take place on August 2-4 at the Domaine Equestre de Nodris in Vertheuil, which is located in the Medoc area (about an hour drive from Bordeaux). The impressive long lineup includes tens of performers from the reggae scene. You can check out the full lineup here.

Fête de la Ruralité et Festival du Bois

Fête de la Ruralité et du Festival du Bois is an annual feast of rural traditions taking place in Biganos on Arcachon Bay. The program includes a craftsmen market, demonstrations of past know-how and traditions (threshing machine, bread oven), an animal farm, local products market, activities for kids, and more. The event will take place August 3-4, for more details click here

The Fest’Arts Festival

The Fest’Arts festival in Libourne was created about 30 years ago to honor street performing artists. On August 8-10 the center of Libourne will be turned into a big promenade and plenty of performances will take place on the pretty streets of the city. Check out the full program here

You can combine this event with a visit to Saint Emilion, here’s my article about a day trip to Saint Emilion

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. Between July 15 and August 28, more than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus, and gastronomy will take place around the Metropole. The program will be published soon here.

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place during the course of several weeks in the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving around the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions, workshops of medieval art, and more. All the events will be taking place between July 18 and August 17, for more info and tickets click here.

Go to a night market in Arcachon

A night market is taking place in the center of Arcachon every night (Tuesday to Friday) from July 2 to August 30. For more details click here.
Check out my full guide to Arcachon before going. You can also combine it with a guided tour in Arcachon, click here to book a tour.

See other night markets taking place in Gironde this summer, read my article about night markets in 2024.

Les Fêtes de la Mer in Arcachon 

It’s that time of the year when sailors and Arcachon lovers gather to celebrate the sea with les Fêtes de la Mer. During the two days festival, you can enjoy plenty of activities in the center of Arcachon, from music concerts on the beach to flea markets and a huge picnic. It’s also a religious event so a few big masses will be held on both days. The event is taking place on August 14-15, for more info click here

Caraïbos Lacanau Pro

Le Caraïbos Lacanau Pro is one of the most famous events in the surfing world, taking place in Lacanau-Océan. Every year, professional surfers from around the world arrive in the region to participate in the Championship tour. More than a surfing competition it’s a beach festival with plenty of activities, concerts, craft stands, sports and surfing lessons, and more. The festival will take place on August 12 -18. For more info click here

You can also turn it into a nice weekend discovering the whole region which also includes Lacanau lake. One of the most fun hotels on the lake is called O Lac and you can book it here. If you’re traveling with kids, Lodging le Lac is a really fun family experience, with tents in the trees. 

Black Bass Festival

Black Bass Festival is an independent rock festival taking place every year at the Domaine de la Paillerie on the Gironde estuary. This year the festival will be taking place on August 22- 24, see the full program here

Festival Musical’Ocean 

Festival Musical’Ocean is a Jazz and classical music festival taking place at Lacanau-Ocean, a beautiful coastal town, about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux. This year the festival will take place on August 23-28. For more info click here

Festival Balterno!

Festival Balterno is a music festival taking place from August 30 to September 1st in Parc de Mussonville in Bègles. Three days of non-stop music in one of Bordeaux’s most charming parks. For more info click here

Discover other parks in Gironde in my article about the most beautiful parks around Bordeaux.

Puppet Theater for Kids

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry show in France with daily spectacles for kids in Parc Bordelais during the summer (July and August). The show usually starts at 16:00 but can be canceled or postponed when it’s raining or getting too hot. Read more about the theater here.

Big events in other parts of the SW of France – August 2024

Ete Musical en Bergerac

The Musical Summer in Bergerac is an annual event taking place in the first two weeks of August. All the concerts and shows are taking place in different castles in the Bergerac region such as Château de Biron, Château de Saint Germain, Église de Monpazier, and more. See the program here.

When:  August 2-15 / Where: the Bergerac region

A beautiful 4D show on Chateau de Duras

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the summer (July 2 to August 29) the beautiful chateau of Duras is hosting an amazing 4D spectacle where they screen the history of the chateau and a fun story for kids at the end. See more details here.

The show starts at 22:30 but If you’ve never visited the chateau before, make sure to come earlier in the day so you’ll have the chance to visit the rooms and see the stunning view from the top.

Duras fête son vin 

The wine festival of Duras will take place on August 19 in the center of Duras, next to the famous chateau. It’s a great opportunity to discover the excellent red, white, and rosé of Côtes de Duras. For more details click here.

Jazz in Marciac

Marciac is a nice little village in the Gers department (about 2 hours’ drive from Bordeaux) that hosts one of the biggest Jazz festivals in the region. The festival takes place for three weeks (from July 18 to August 4) and has a very impressive lineup of international Jazz artists. Check out the full program here

Vesere Festival 

The Vezere festival is a classical music festival taking place every summer in the Brive region. A long list of concerts will take place between July 8 and August 12 in the different theatres and chateaux in the region. See the program here

Brive is located on the border between the Corezze and the Dordogne departments and is a great destination for anyone traveling in the region in the summer. 

Beau C’est Festival

Beau C’est Festival is a music and theater festival happening on August 9-11 in Bosset, a little town close to Bergerac. See the full program and more details here

This is also a great opportunity to visit other beautiful villages around Bergerac.

First time in Bordeaux?

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check up my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, which will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visit in Bordeaux. To help you to choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you choose your preferred location.

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

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Exploring Bordeaux’s extensive wine region is a dream for many, but without access to a car, navigating the countless châteaux can seem daunting. Having spent years visiting Bordeaux’s wineries, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the region’s top destinations that are easily accessible by public transport. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or simply eager to explore Bordeaux’s vinicultural heritage, this guide promises an unforgettable journey through some of the finest wineries accessible by bus, tram, or train.

To make it easier for you to understand the region, I divided the article into subregions, with a list of wineries you can visit without a car. So whether you want to learn how Saint Emilion wine is produced or visit an ancient winery without actually leaving Bordeaux, I have you covered. If you’re looking for more organized options such as private or semi-private tours to the vineyards, check out my articles about wine tours from Bordeaux and visiting the Bordeaux wine region without a car.

Here are the best wineries in Bordeaux you can visit by public transport!

Visit wineries in Bordeaux by bus or tram 

You’d be surprised to learn that some of Bordeaux’s wineries lie within the city limits and are accessible by tram or bus. These conveniently located options are the first ones on my list for precisely that reason.

Château Pape Clément in Pessac

Chateau pape Clement Pessac
Château pape Clement by Lost in Bordeaux

A simple bus ride from the center of Bordeaux will bring you to one of the most gorgeous châteaux in Bordeaux. Château Pape Clément is a Grand Cru Classé wine labeled under the Pessac Leognan appellation. The vineyards of Château Pape Clément were planted at the request of the Archbishop of Bordeaux, the future Pope Clement V. The castle itself was built much later and has beautiful Neo-Gothic embellishments.

Today apart from producing wine, it’s also one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Bordeaux. The château offers daily visits in both French and English as well as winemaking workshops where you can assemble your own wine. You can book the tour online – just click here.

Address: 216 Av. Dr. Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac / Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10:00 to 19:00 and Sun 10:00 to 18:00

How to get there:
You can take a direct bus (line 4) from Place de Tourny in the center of Bordeaux. The second option is to take Tram B to the Pessac Centre station and then continue by foot for about 20 minutes until you reach the château. See more info here.

Château du Taillan in Le Taillan-Médoc

Château du Taillan is a beautiful Bordeaux wine estate dating back to the 19th century. Today it’s owned by five sisters who all contribute in some form to their wine-making business. The winery produces red, white, and rosé wines and is labeled as “Médoc Cru bourgeois”. 

Château du Taillan is labeled under the Medoc wine appellation, but I’ve put it in this segment just because it’s located in the Bordeaux metropole region and is easily reachable by bus from the center of Bordeaux. 

Château du Taillan in Le Taillan-Médoc - one of the best wineries to visit by bus
Château du Taillan – by Lost in Bordeax

The winery offers several visits. The classic one allows you to taste two wines of Château du Taillan. Their most expensive tour takes you on a more intimate journey to discover the house where the sisters grew up. This one ends with a tasting of four different wines accompanied by cheese and chocolate. You can read about all their tours and book your visit here.

During the high season, you can also order a picnic basket from the château and have a fabulous lunch in their garden. You can see more info about that here.

Address: 56 Av. de la Croix, 33320 Le Taillan-Médoc /Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10:00 to 18:00 and Sun 10:00 to 16:00

How to get there from Bordeaux:
You can take a direct bus (line 2) from Place des Quinconces in the direction of le Taillan la Boetie, get down at La Pargaud station, and walk for 5 minutes until you reach the chateau. See the schedule of line 2 here.

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion is one the most interesting visits for both wine and art lovers. Its history goes back to the 16th century when the Lord of Haut Brion, Jean de Pontac, donated a windmill surrounded by vines to the Carmelite Order. In the 17th century, the Carmelite order purchased more land with vines and continued to develop the estate for more than two centuries.

Today the château is owned by Patrice Pichet, who turned it into a modern winery. The 35 hectares château produces red wines under the appellation of Pessac Leognan. It’s actually the only winery to be located in the limits of Bordeaux city. What makes the tour more exceptional is the stunning modern reception area designed by Philip Starck in 2016.

This is a prestigious château and the prices of the tours are higher than most wineries on this list (ranging from 55€ to 85€ per person). See all the details of the tours they offer here.

Address: 20 Rue des Carmes, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Mon-Sat from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00 (by appointment only). 

How to get there:
Take line A of the tram at Hôtel de Ville (in the direction of Pin Galant), get down at the Saint Augustin station, and walk about 10 minutes until you get to the château. You can also take the bus and get directly to the chateau in about 15 minutes. Take the bus (line 24) from Republic Station (next to Place de la Republique). See the schedule here

Château Olivier in Leognan

Another gem in the Pessac Leognan appellation is Château Olivier. Just a few km from Bordeaux, you’ll find a beautiful château, surrounded by a forest and vines. Château Olivier is a Grand Cru Classé producing red and white wines. Since 2014, the winery has produced only organic wines from its 60 hectares. 

The château offers several visiting experiences where you could learn about their wine-making process, and taste wine straight from the barrel. Book your visit here.

Address: 173 Av. de Bordeaux, 33850 Léognan /Opening hours: Mon to Fri from 10:00 to 18:00 by appointment only – book here

How to get there from Bordeaux:
Take bus number 5 from Palais de Justice (a few minutes walk from Place Pey Berland). Get off the bus at the Piscine Chambéry station in Leognan, just a few minutes walk from Chateau Olivier. See more info here

Château Saint Ahon in Blanquefort

If you’re traveling with kids, I highly recommend visiting Château Saint Ahon in Blanquefort. The Chateau is a family-owned winery located at the very beginning of the Medoc wine route

My kids particularly enjoyed the gardens, called Les Jardins de Mirabel. The gardens offer a fun discovery trail that teaches kids about winemaking and nature in the region in a playful way. Here you can see more family-friendly wineries in Bordeaux.
Here’s a link to book a visit to the chateau and the gardens.

Château Saint Ahon  in Medoc is easy to reach by bus
Château Saint Ahon – by lost in Bordeaux

Address: 57 Rue de St Ahon, 33290 Blanquefort / Opening hours: The winery is open all year long apart from August.

How to get there from Bordeaux:
Take line C to the Blanquefort train station and then continue 20 minutes by foot or take bus 38 from the Blanquefort train station to the Caychac station. See the timetable here

Visiting wineries in Saint Emilion by public transport

I have a very detailed guide about how to get to Saint Emilion from Bordeaux, be sure to read it if you’re planning to visit this region without a car. Saint Emilion is one of the only wine towns in the region to have a train station, which makes it easily reachable by public transport. However, the train doesn’t stop in the center of Saint Emilion, you’ll have to walk about 20 minutes to get to the center. Most châteaux are located quite far from the town itself but a few are within walking distance from the city center.

*During the summer there’s a direct bus from Bordeaux to the center of Saint Emilion, see all the details in my article

Leave some time to discover Saint Emilion itself, it’s one of the most beautiful villages around Bordeaux. For more wineries to visit in Saint Emilion check out my article. If you’re planning to spend a weekend in Saint Emilion, here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in the Saint Emilion region

Château Villemaurine

Château Villemaurine is one of the most popular wineries for tourists visiting Saint Emilion. The Château combines tradition, modernity, centuries of history, and the refined production of great wines.

Château Villemaurine offers two group guided tours. A discovery tour where you get to visit the vineyards and the monolithic cellars which are located underneath the vines of the estate. A Heritage tour where you will discover the stunning network of quarries owned by the Château.  Click here to book the tour online.

Address: 23 Villemaurine-Sud, Saint-Émilion / Opening hours: open most of the year, Book a tour in English here

How to get there from Bordeaux:
Take the train from Gare Saint Jean to the Saint Emilion train station and walk for about 20 minutes in the direction of the center of Saint Emilion. 

Château Soutard

Château Soutard is an impressive 18th-century winery, located a few minutes walk from the center of Saint Emilion. It’s about 30 minutes walk from the train station but it’s worth a visit if you’re going to spend time in the village anyway.  The Château offers plenty of fun activities such as a wine blending workshop, biking in the vineyards, a gourmet picnic, and of course, wine tours.
To book any of their activities click here.

Chateau Soutard in saint emilion
Chateau Soutard by lost in Bordeaux

Address: Soutard, 33330 Saint-Émilion /Opening hours: The schedule is changing during the less touristy season. When in Bordeaux, be sure to contact them for information about tours in English.

How to get there from Bordeaux:
Take the train from Gare Saint Jean to the Saint Emilion train station and walk for about 30 minutes in the direction of the center of Saint Emilion. 

Château La Gaffelière

Closer to the train station you can find Château La Gaffelièr. The winery is classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé under the Saint Emilion wine classification, making it one of the more prestigious estates on this list. 

The château belongs to the Malet-Roquefort family who is very passionate about sharing their wine-making craft. Their group tours, lasting for about an hour, take you through their colorful vats and the underground barrel cellar. The visit includes a tasting of three of their wines. Book your tour here

Address: Château La Gaffelière, BP 65 / 33330 Saint-Emilion / Opening hours: Château La Gaffelière is open daily from April to November 12 and on a few specific dates during other months of the year. Check out their availability here

How to get there from Bordeaux:
Take the train from Gare Saint Jean to the Saint Emilion train station and walk a few minutes to get to the chateau. 

Visiting Medoc without a car

There are a few wineries in Medoc you can easily reach by train but yet again, if you have the option to do it by car, I highly recommend it. Driving the Medoc wine route is one of the most remarkable experiences Bordeaux has to offer. If you want to follow that advice, here’s a link to find a car from a few locations in Bordeaux. 

One of the easiest parts of Medoc to reach by public transport is the town of Margaux. A direct train from Gare Saint Jean (train 42) will take you to the famous wine town with several options for chateaux to visit. Check out the schedule here. See more details about how to visit the Medoc wine region in my article.

Château Ferrière in Margaux

If you choose Medoc for your wine trip, I highly recommend visiting Château Ferrière, founded in the 18th century by a shipbroker named Gabriel Ferriere. In 1988 the château was sold to Jacques Merlaut, the owner of Château Chasse-Spleen, La Gurgue, and Haut-Bages Liberal. The Merlaut family revived the winery and produced its first vintage in 1992. Today, the château is run by the granddaughter, Claire Villars, who took over the family business after the tragic death of her parents in a car accident. 

A variety of tours are available to you at Château Ferrière, all of which include wine tasting, of course. One of their popular tours takes you through the history of the chateau while another is more focused on the agricultural aspect of wine production. Book your tour at the Château here

Address: 33 bis Rue de la Tremoille, 33460 Margaux-Cantenac
Opening hours: During the tourist season (June to mid-October) the château is open Mon to Sat from Mon to Fri the rest of the year. 

How to get there from Bordeaux:
Take a train from Gare Saint Jean to Margaux (in the direction of le Verdon) and walk a few minutes to the winery. If you’re staying closer to the city center, take tram C, to get to the Blanquefort station instead of Gare Saint-Jean. The winery is located about 1km from the train station. 

Château Marquis de Terme in Margaux

Another great winery to visit in Margaux is Château Marquis de Terme. It’s a fantastic place to visit during summer times as they have an open bar in the garden where you can get wine, cheese, and charcuterie. The chateau offer wine tasting without a tour in case you’re not interested in yet another explanation about how wine is made. Château Marquis de Terme also has a great restaurant which is yet another reason to go there. You can book your visit here

Château Marquis de Terme - medoc - one of the only wineries in Bordeaux you can visit by public transpot
Château Marquis de Terme – by Lost in Bordeaux

Address: 3 Rte de Rauzan, 33460 Margaux /Opening hours: Château Marquis de Terme offers visits daily from April to mid-November and only on weekdays during the winter season. 

How to get there from Bordeaux:
How to get there from Bordeaux: take a train from Gare Saint Jean to Margaux (in the direction of le Verdon) and walk a few minutes to the winery. If you’re staying closer to the city center, take tram C, to get to the Blanquefort station instead of Gare Saint-Jean.

Château Chasse Spleen in Moulis-en-Médoc

Staying in the Merlaut family, we move north to the Paulliac area. The beautiful Château Chasse-Spleen belonged to Jacques Merlaut, one of the most important figures in the Medoc wine region. For many years it was run by his daughter, Bernadette and she’s credited for its high reputation. Today it’s managed by one of her daughters Celine Villars and her husband. The 107-hectare winery is labeled under the Moulis en Medoc, the smallest appellation in the Medoc wine region. 

The château, dating to the 16th century has a very long history before the Merlaut family acquired it. And you will hear all about it on the tour! You can also combine the classic visit with a light lunch (charcuterie, wine, and a small local dessert). Choose and book your visit here

Château Chasse Spleen - a winery to visit by train from Bordeaux
Château Chasse Spleen by Lost in Bordeaux

Château Chasse-Spleen also has a wine bar and an art gallery, which are worth a visit even if you don’t fancy a wine tour. They also have a fabulous hotel, just in case you’re looking for a romantic weekend 🙂
Check it out here

Address: 32 Chem. de la Razé, 33480 Moulis-en-Médoc
Opening hours: From April 21st to November 6th and on public holidays, open 7/7. From November to March, tours and tastings by appointment only from Monday to Friday (email at visites@chasse-spleen.com).

How to get there:
As with all the other Medoc wineries on this list, you need to take the train from Bordeaux in the Direction of Le Verdon. This time you’re getting off at the Pauillac station. The chateau is located about 15 minutes walk from there. 

Visiting Graves by train 

Château de Cerons 

Château de Cerons is one of the most impressive properties in the Graves wine region. It’s also one of the only wineries in the Graves region you can reach by public transport. A few other wineries in Graves are reachable by bike, but that’s for another article 🙂 

The château is a historical Chartreuse (little house) dating back to the 17th century. The winery produces both red and white dry wines and offers a range of different visits that include wine tasting, picnic baskets with regional products, and more. 

Château de Cerons - one of the best wineries to visit by public transport
Château de Cerons – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

It’s one of the more kids-friendly chateaux in the region. You can rent bikes at the château and go on a beautiful rural path discovering the heritage of the village and the Garonne River. If you want to discover some other kid-friendly options, check out my dedicated listYou can book their tours here.

For picnics and bike rentals, you can check their website.

Address: 1 Latour, 33720 Cérons
Opening hours: Mon to Sat from May to October and Mon to Fri from November to April – by appointment only.

How to get there from Bordeaux
Take the TER train from Gare Saint Jean in Bordeaux to the Cerons station.  Château de Cerons is located within a 15-minute walk from the station. 

Wine tours from Bordeaux city

If you’re too nervous to use public transport in Bordeaux you can always take one of the many guided wine tours from Bordeaux. For that be sure to read my article about the best wine tours in Bordeaux.

Just to conclude, visiting wineries in the Bordeaux region is a marvelous experience that you should not miss even if you don’t have a car. In this list, you have so many amazing options for chateaux reachable by public transport! Now it’s time to choose the one you like most! Enjoy!

See other wine-related articles here:
Best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion
The Medoc wine route
Best wineries to visit in Medoc
Best family-friendly wineries in Bordeaux
Bordeaux wine region – the full guide
All the Open door events in the wineries of Bordeaux

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Bordeaux, known for its world-class wines, is also home to a burgeoning coffee scene that’s gaining recognition among locals and travelers alike. From cozy cafes serving up artisanal brews to chic espresso bars tucked away in charming neighborhoods, Bordeaux offers a diverse array of coffee experiences to satisfy even the most discerning coffee connoisseurs.

For other cool stuff happening in Bordeaux check out my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux and my Bordeaux weekend guide.

Here are some of my favorite places to grab a cup of coffee in Bordeaux.

Homie’s Kitchen Bordeaux

Homie’s Kitchen (36 Rue des Ayres), born from the shared passion of three childhood friends, offers a cozy café experience with a diverse, seasonal menu. Indulge in their mouthwatering breakfast options like the Pulled Pork ‘Dwich or the Shakshouka, a spicy tomato and pepper stew topped with free-range eggs and feta cheese. With its warm ambiance and flavorful offerings, Homie’s Kitchen promises a breakfast experience like no other in Bordeaux.

Homie's Kitchen Bordeaux - great savory breakfast
Homie’s Kitchen Bordeaux – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

Café Eriu

Owned by the lovely Grace, an Irish expat, Café Eriu is a hidden gem on rue Fondaudège. Renowned for its superb coffee and delectable menu featuring Irish-inspired dishes made with the finest local ingredients, this cafe attracts chic locals seeking a cozy ambiance and flavorful fare.

Cafe Eriu in Bordeaux - one of th best coffee shops in Bordeaux
Café Eriu – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

SIP Coffee Bar

SIP Coffee Bar (69 Bis Rue des Trois-Conils), right in the heart of Bordeaux, run by Julie, is just cozy and inviting, a real favorite with the locals. It’s got this chill vibe where you can sit back and enjoy one of Julie’s top-notch cappuccinos while treating yourself to some seriously tasty homemade cakes. They’ve got everything from fruit tarts to white chocolate brownies, so you’re in for a treat with every sip of coffee.

Kuro Espresso Bar

If you’re in need of a caffeine pick-me-up, head to Kuro Espresso Bar (5 Rue Mautrec). Tucked between the Opera of Bordeaux and the Notre Dame church, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center. Pascal, the owner, always serves up the perfect cup of coffee using the best local roasts.

Oven Heaven

Lesser-known but equally impressive, Oven Heaven (51 Cr de la Marne) doubles as both a coffee shop and a renowned roastery in Bordeaux. Founded by Kévin and Dimitri, Oven Heaven delights patrons with its exceptional coffee and delectable pastries sourced from their bakery, Goutu Bordeaux. Situated near the Capucins market, it’s the perfect spot to savor a cup of coffee while indulging in gourmet treats.

Oven Heaven  - a cofffee shop with the best bakery in Bordeaux
Oven Heaven – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

L’Alchimiste Café Boutique

Located near the upscale Quinconces district, L’Alchimiste Café Boutique (12 Rue de la Vieille Tour) is a haven for coffee aficionados seeking a refined coffee experience. Founded by Arthur and Yohan, this chic establishment focuses solely on coffee, sourcing beans from Central America and Eastern Africa. With its minimalist decor and unparalleled coffee selection, L’Alchimiste is a must-visit destination for those craving a taste of excellence.

L’Alchimiste Café Boutique - considered the best quality coffee shop in Bordeaux
L’Alchimiste Café Boutique – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

A couple of years ago they opened their second coffee shop in Darwin on the other side of the river. If you’re there, it’s worth a visit. 

French House

While it may not have the typical cafe vibe, French House (7 Pl. Puy Paulin) is known for its great coffee and all-day dining options. Whether you’re looking for a spot to meet friends or get some work done, French House has got you covered.

The French house - great coffee and breakfast
A breakfast at the French House – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

Books and Coffee

Situated on the picturesque rue Saint James, Books and Coffee (26 rue Saint James) beckons with its inviting ambiance and delectable offerings. What began as a quaint coffee shop has blossomed into a bustling destination frequented by locals and tourists alike. From morning coffees to leisurely brunches, Books and Coffee delights patrons with its extensive menu and homemade pastries, making it a cherished gem in Bordeaux’s coffee scene.

Café Piha

In the vibrant Saint Paul district, Café Piha (69 Rue des Ayres) stands out as a testament to owner Pierre Guerin’s passion for coffee. Inspired by his love for kite surfing and coffee, Piha offers a unique blend of flavors that captivates coffee enthusiasts. With its welcoming atmosphere and Pierre’s expertise, Café Piha promises an unforgettable coffee experience for all who venture through its doors.

Piha Cafe in Bordeaux
Piha Cafe – photo by Lost in Bordeaux

So there you have it – my top picks for the best coffee spots in Bordeaux. Whether you’re a caffeine connoisseur or just looking for a cozy spot to hang out, there’s something for everyone in Bordeaux’s vibrant coffee scene.

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Toulouse, known as the “Pink City,” exudes vibrancy and energy, making it one of the liveliest destinations in southwest France. Located between beaches, mountains, and the magical Dordogne valley, Toulouse is a perfect destination for anyone visiting the Southwest of France.

Toulouse is considered a big city by French standards, but its center is actually rather small. That means that you can cover most of its beautiful squares and monuments in one day. You can get a great feel for the city and enjoy the architecture, the local food scene, some history, and the nightlife all in a day’s work! This article will guide you through a day in this fantastic city, so you can follow it step-by-step.

What to do in one day in Toulouse 

Start your day with amazing coffee

To keep up with our 24-hour itinerary in the Pink City, you’ll need a good dose of caffeine to start the day. Luckily, there’s no shortage of specialty coffee shops in the center. So many, in fact, that I’ve got a whole article dedicated just to the hottest coffee spots in Toulouse. 

Some of my favorites are Allegory Coffee Bar near Place du Capitol, Le Café Cerise on the Garonne river banks, Canopée Coffee House and and La Belle Brune in the hipster Carmes neighborhood.

La Belle Brune - coffee shop in Toulouse
La Belle Brune – by Lost in Bordeaux

Take a tour of the old city 

If you’re in Toulouse only for a day, you might want to consider taking a guided tour. A tour can help you prioritize the most important sights and take you to great local food and drink spots without any research or effort on your side – it’s a great idea if you have limited time and want to get the feel of the city in a day! The great thing is that Toulouse offers plenty of different tours to make your visit entertaining. 

Check out this cycling tour if you enjoy riding a bike – it’s especially fun when the weather is good. They take you around Toulouse and you’ll stop off at 10 must-see spots.

If you’re not so into cycling, this tuk-tuk tour could be a fun option for you. You’ll be moving along the streets in the open air but someone else will be navigating while you just sit and look at the sights! The electric tuk-tuk is quiet and comfortable and the perfect vantage point for the wide variety of tourist attractions. The best part? They stop so you can take pictures!

L'hôtel d'Assézat in Toulouse - one of the landmarks of Toulouse
L’hôtel d’Assézat – one of Toulouse’s landmarks

Perhaps you prefer walking and taking your time exploring winding streets in the historical districts. If that’s the case, I have two great walking tours for you where you’ll get to stroll around the city with fellow tourists who love to roam on foot. This tour is great if you want to be in a group and this tour is for private bookings.

Check out my article dedicated to the best tours in Toulouse for all the other options Toulouse has to offer when it comes to tours. If you would rather discover the pink city on your own, here are some of the most beautiful places to visit in Toulouse.

Place du Capitole 

Start your day at the most famous landmark in Toulouse, Place du Capitol. Named after the Capitole building, the square is widely considered as one of the most beautiful in all of France. Place du Capitol is home to the Townhall of Toulouse and the Capitole Theater. The square and the streets around it are brimming with restaurants and fancy hotels. Countless events, fairs, and food markets are taking place on this stunning square throughout the year, among them the main Christmas market of Toulouse

Place du Capitole in Toulouse

Don’t miss the beautiful ceiling paintings of the Galerue des Arcades, commissioned in 1997 by the Maire of Toulouse, who wanted to modernize the square, and painted by renowned artist Raymond Moretti.

Visit the ceremonial chambers and their murals

The Capitole building is home to the Salle des Illustres, a beautiful room representing the Toulouse School of Art of the 19th century. Henri Martin, Jean-Paul Laurens, and Paul Gervais are only a few of the famous painters who have contributed to the works of art you’ll find there.  Floor-to-ceiling murals, sculptures, and paintings come perfectly together to manifest the greatness of Toulouse.
It’s probably the best art museum in town!

The Capitole is open for visits every day (unless they’re hosting a ceremony) – you can see their opening hours here. Entry is free.

Discover the center of Toulouse and its lively streets

Walking around the city center and discovering the charming streets, cute cafés, and historical architecture is a great way to work up an appetite before lunch. Here’s a partial list of the places you’ll encounter on your stroll in Capitole de Toulouse: Place du Capitole, Couvent des Jacobins, Musee des Augustins, Hotel d’Assezat, and more.

If you want to do some shopping and admire beautiful architecture at the same time, head to rue d’Alsace Lorraine. This spectacular shopping street is for pedestrians only and is home to some of the most impressive Haussmann buildings in Toulouse. 

While the big streets of Toulouse are beautiful, I have a strong preference for the smaller streets adorning the red/pink brick houses which the pink city is famous for. Some of my favorite streets in the Capitole du Toulouse district are Rue Peyrolières, rue Saint Rome, rue des arts, and rue de Taur. Other places not to miss in central Toulouse are the lively Place Saint George and the main market of Toulouse. 

The center of Toulouse to visit in one day
The streets of Toulouse by Lost in Bordeaux

Marche Victor Hugo is a Toulousian gastronomic institution and is a must-visit for anyone interested in food, but we’ll talk about it later.

Have lunch at the central market of Toulouse

France is known for its gastronomy and how food is woven into culture, tradition, history, and daily life. When visiting a new city, visit the central market. It’s usually the beating heart of the city; the gastronomic epicenter where you can discover all the local specialties and where local chefs come to get inspiration and ingredients for their daily menu. That’s exactly the case in Toulouse.

Marché Victor Hugo is the biggest and most important market in Toulouse. It’s the best place to try some local tapas and delicacies that Toulouse is famous for, like the Saucisse de Toulouse and the Pavé Toulousain cheese.

The ground floor of the market is always bustling with people doing their weekly shopping, while the second floor is where the restaurants are. On weekends it’s packed with families coming for lunch. Make sure to be there early to book a table!

Food tour in Marché Victor Hugo
Taste of Toulouse – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re a foodie, I highly recommend taking a tour of the market. The best one in English is offered by Jessica. She organizes small group tours where you get to discover and taste some of the specialties of Toulouse and hear the stories behind them. The tour is very popular, so be sure to book in advance. Here’s a link to book her tour.

Discover more amazing markets in my article about the best markets in Toulouse.

Time for some heritage 

Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse
If you’re planning on taking a tour of Toulouse, you will surely pass by the Saint Sernin Basilica. But if you’re discovering Toulouse on your own, take a few minutes to walk from the market to visit what is considered the most important religious landmark of Toulouse.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and built in the 11th century, Saint Sernin is the biggest Romanesque basilica in Europe and a beautiful visit whether you’re religious or just want to discover the stunning architecture.

Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse
Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse – Lost in Bordeaux

Couvent des Jacobins 
Le Couvent des Jacobins is a Dominican monastery of the Order of Preachers that was built in the 13th century. The Dominicans played an important role in creating the first university of Toulouse and were considered great educators. Today, Toulouse is home to one of the oldest universities in France.

The remarkable building with its high columns and colorful stained glass windows will leave you in awe. Its most famous feature is the stone “palm trees” on the ceiling. It is a French Gothic masterpiece that should not be missed.

Port de la Daurade

Situated along the waterfront, Port de la Daurade is a very popular place for visitors and locals alike. You can go there for a drink when it’s hot and enjoy the views of the Garonne River from the terrace of a waterfront café. It’s a perfect place for a little rest or a walk – nothing beats being next to the water! You can also take a cruise on the Garonne River, which is a great way to take in the city’s sights from a unique angle.

the stairs of Place Saint Pierre - riverfront in Toulouse
The stairs of Place Saint Pierre – by Lost in Bordeaux

Take a walk on the promenade  

Stroll along the waterfront until you get to Pont Neuf and then enter the Carmes neighborhood – the cool, hipster area where you’ll run into loads of locals.

Discover the hipster part of Toulouse – the Carmes neighborhood 

My personal favorite part of Toulouse, the Carmes district is a beautiful blend of young energy and old architecture – with great coffee and food spots sprinkled throughout. The neighborhood is home to some of the more charming streets in Toulouse, all connected with tiny squares filled with terrace restaurants. 

On almost every street you’ll find beautiful patisseries, chic boutiques, and specialty coffee shops. Some of my favorites are Entremets, Pêché Mignon, Les Douceurs d’Irma, and Maison Pillon. Some of the streets you shouldn’t miss in The Cames neighborhood are rue Pharaon, rue des Filatiers rue, Ozenne, Place Mage, rue Croix Baragnon, and rue Perchepinte.

Where to stay in Toulouse - Les Carmes
Les Carmes – by Lost in Bordeaux

Taste regional specialties for dinner

Cassoulet, slow-cooked stew, most frequently made with duck and pork sausages, originated in this area and is famous all around France. Some of the best restaurants to eat cassoulet are Au Gascon or Le Bibent. Other great restaurants with a bit of more modern cuisine inlude Emmit’s, Contre-Pied, and Tempête Bar Restaurant. 

Go out for a drink 

End your day in Toulouse on a high note with post-dinner drinks. On warmer days the city will be buzzing with students, workers, and tourists enjoying drinks in the night air. If you want to try local wines, head to either Le 5 wine bar, L’Alimentation Bar à Vin, or Maison Sarment. 

If you’re visiting in the summer, the Mama Shelter rooftop is a really fun place to finish your day with great views over the city. And my favorite place is the secret cocktail bar – L’agence. But you didn’t hear it from me! 😉

L’agence cocktail  bar in Toulouse
L’agence cocktail bar in Toulouse – Lost in Bordeaux

If you find yourself falling in love with Toulouse and want to stay longer or come back for another visit, check out my detailed guide to an entire weekend in Toulouse. You also don’t want to miss my guide to the best districts in Toulouse, which should help you to find the best hotel/apartment for the weekend. Also check out my articles about the best tours in Toulouse, day trips from Toulouse, and the best festivals taking place in Toulouse, to see if anything’s up during your visit.

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Nestled on the French Basque Coast, Biarritz is one of the best day trips from San Sebastian, with its scenic landscapes and culinary delights. If you’re wondering how to get from San Sebastian to Biarrtiz, this article will provide all the details you need for an easy day trip. 

If you prefer flexibility with your schedule and want to explore some hidden gems of the Basque Country along the way, renting a car is always a great idea. I typically use the Rental Car website to find the best deals. However, if you’d rather avoid driving to Biarritz, it’s totally fine; there are several easy ways to get to the lovely Basque city.

Don’t forget to check out my article about the best things to do in Biarritz and where to stay in Biarritz before you go there. 

Taking a tour from San Sebastian to Biarritz 

If you’re traveling to Biarritz for just one day, I highly recommend taking a guided tour to make the most of your trip. Here are two great tours from Saint Sebastian to Biarritz.

From San Sebastian to Biarritz & the French Basque Coast 

This tour is ideal for those eager to explore not only Biarritz but also other gems of the French Basque coast. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll visit the charming coastal villages of Biarritz, Hondarribia, and Saint Jean de Luz on a full-day tour lasting approximately 8 hours. Along the way, you’ll be treated to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the area, indulge in the local cuisine, visit Les Halles market, and journey along one of the most picturesque roads in the Basque Country.
You can book a tour here

A tour from San Sebastian to Biarritz and Bayonne 

Another excellent choice is the Minibus Tour, offering a relaxed journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Basque Country, featuring iconic stops and intriguing historical anecdotes.

During the day, you’ll cross the Bidasoa River and explore the heart of Bayonne, with its charming market and majestic cathedral. Following that, you’ll visit Biarritz, renowned for its imperial history and breathtaking coastal views. Led by bilingual guides, this 6-hour adventure guarantees a day filled with sightseeing and local flavors.
You can book the tour here

How to get from San Sebastian to Biarritz
Taste local delicacies in Biarritz

From San Sebastian to Biarritz by Public transport 

It takes about an hour’s drive to get from San Sebastian to Biarritz and two regular companies do that trajectory daily. 

Flixbus

With about 6 departures throughout the day, starting at 6:30 am until 4:30 pm, FlixBus offers comfortable buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and power outlets, and a comfortable schedule. Ticket prices start from €5.99, making it an economical choice for budget-conscious travelers. You can book your ticket online here or via the FlixBus app, and you don’t need to print your ticket – simply show the QR code on your phone to the driver. 

It departs from San Sebastian’s main bus station (Paseo Federico García Lorca 1, 20010 San Sebastián). In Biarrtiz your final stop will be at  Halle Iraty, Rue Chapelet 64200 Biarritz. It’s important to note that the last stop is not in the center of Biarritz, for that, you need to take another bus (short ride) From La Halle d’Iraty stop – bus number 7 to the center of Biarritz and from Biarritz Airport – bus number 36.

BlablaCar Bus

Another excellent option for a cheap, fast, and comfortable ride from San Sebastian to Biarritz by public transport is BlablaCar Bus, which offers 40 minutes to one hour, depending on the bus you choose.

The bus leaves from the main bus station (Paseo Federico García Lorca 1, 20010 San Sebastián) and arrives at the airport of Biarritz. The BlalaCar bus operates from as early as 4 am to 7 pm. In between there are quite a few trips, so you can choose the time that suits you best and order your tickets here.

By bus and train 

If you need a different bus hours, you can also do the journey with a change in Hendaye.

Take bus E2 from San Sebastian to the train station in Hendaye and then continue by train to the train station of Biarritz. The train between Hendaye and Biarritz takes about 23 min and costs about 6,5 euros. You can book your tickets here.

Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

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