Paris may not be the place to be in 2024 ! Come discover Bordeaux

Published the 02/01/2024 in Exploring the Region

You are planning a getaway to France, but finding accommodation in Paris seems like a real headache? The prices of tourist taxes and public transportation have inscreased ?

Get ready, because in 2024, Paris will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will turn the city into a true playground for sports enthusiasts. However, if you prefer an escape away from the tourist hustle and bustle of the Games, then Paris might not be the ideal destination for you.

For a quieter and more authentic experience, turn your attention to Bordeaux, located in the south of France, where charm and relaxation await you away from the tourist crowds.


Discover new horizons

Let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Bordeaux. While Paris shines brightly with its iconic Eiffel Tower and world-renowned museums, Bordeaux also holds unsuspected treasures that will captivate your traveler's heart. Its Haussmannian architecture, equally majestic, harmoniously blends with the lively soul of the city.

On summer days, walk along its cobbled streets with historical buildings and be charmed by its lively squares where time seems to stand still. From the Porte Caillot, a symbol of elegance, to the picturesque Porte de la Grande Cloche, passing by the historically charged Porte de Bourgogne, every corner of Bordeaux tells a fascinating story.

Enjoy the beautiful weather by exploring the picturesque neighborhoods on foot or by bike, and be amazed by the cultural diversity that reigns in every corner of the city. From its contemporary art museums to its historical exhibitions, Bordeaux offers a journey through time and art, enriching your travel experience in an unforgettable way.

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of bustling markets, where the aromas of local products will tickles your senses, or let yourself be carried away by the gentle breeze of the Garonne River in the evening. Bordeaux reveals a rich heritage equivalent to, if not greater than, Paris, with its preserved historical monuments and authentic ambiance.


Invest in true pleasures

As the Olympic Games are about to star in Paris, expect an increase in prices in this capital, making travel experiences more expensive than ever. Accommodations, restaurants, activities: all sectors will be affected by this seasonal inflation.

So let yourself be enchanted by the generosity of Bordeaux and discover a refreshing alternative where the luxury of the experience is not measured in euros. Here, immerse yourself in a relaxed atmosphere where well-being is guaranteed without emptying your wallet. This financial accessibility will not only allow you to taste a variety of unique experiences but also to enjoy regional food without worrying about your budget.

While Paris boasts hosting numerous Michelin-starred chefs, Bordeaux is not far behind with its 11 Michelin-starred restaurants, among which shines the prestigious "Le Pressoir d'Argent" by Gordon Ramsay. It is also worth noting that the very first Michelin-starred restaurant in France, Le Chapon Fin, is nestled in the Grands-Hommes district of Bordeaux, offering a traditional French gastronomic experience right in the heart of the city.

For those with a sweet tooth, Bordeaux is full of delicious bakeries, including Cyrille and Florian Lamour's bakery, which was named the best bakery in France in 2017.


The sea close at hand.

The proximity of the sea offers a welcome escape at the heart of Bordeaux. While Paris highlights the majestic Seine, Bordeaux offers an alternative more interesting. Just a 40-minute drive away, escape the troubles of the city and immerse yourself in the pleasant atmosphere of the Atlantic coast.

Explore the beaches along the coast, each offering its own character and unique activities. In Biarritz, known for its impressive waves, try your hand at surfing and tackle the famous rollers of the Basque coast. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned, local surf schools will cater to your needs with classes tailored to all levels.

Walk to the top of the golden sand dunes of the Dune du Pilat, the tallest in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding forests from its summit, then relax at La Corniche, a renowned restaurant offering a 360-degree panoramic view. Enjoy a delicious cocktail while admiring the spectacle of the sunset over the infinite horizon.

In Bordeaux, adventure and relaxation await you at every corner, offering an ideal getaway to break away from the daily routine and reconnect with nature and the sea.


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But Bordeaux offers more than just its splendid sunny coasts. Located in a the south of France, this city offers much more thanks to its privileged geographical location, just a few hours' drive from Spain. Imagine the excitement of crossing the border and finding yourself immersed in the enchanting atmosphere of cities such as San Sebastian or Bilbao.

San Sebastian, located on the road of the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostella, is more than just a seaside town. Let yourself be charmed by the splendor of La Concha Beach and test the delicious local cuisine, with its exquisite pintxos to be enjoyed in the lively bars of the historic quarter.

As for Bilbao, a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum is a must. This architectural building houses an impressive collection of contemporary art, offering a unique cultural experience.

As you walk through the bustling streets of these iconic destinations, soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Spanish culture, discovering hidden treasures at every corner.


Have you heard of the Bardenas Reales? Located just a few hours' drive from Bordeaux, this desert offers a remarkable landscape, similar to a western scene. Escape the urban life and immerse yourself in this unique environment where tranquility and the majesty of nature reign. Explore this desert sculpted by nature. You might be surprised to learn that this landscape has been chosen as movie set for several famous films and cinematic productions, adding an even more captivating dimension to this unique experience.

Among the famous films shot in the Bardenas Reales, we can mention Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "Return of the Jedi" from the Star Wars saga, as well as scenes from the tv show "Game of Thrones". These cinematic productions have used the beauty of the Bardenas Reales to create immersive and fascinating visual universes, offering viewers a memorable and captivating experience.


Paris can wait, Bordeaux is calling you out! It's up to you to decide which destination will mark your journey! In just a few hours from Bordeaux, a multitude of experiences await you, allowing you to completely escape and explore new cultural and gastronomic horizons. Bordeaux is truly an invitation to adventure, where every getaway promises a unique and enriching discovery.

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