One of the closest coastal resorts to UNESCO–listed Bordeaux, the lively beach town of Arcachon is famous for its plump, fresh Pacific oysters. Here are a few ways to explore the sun-drenched shores of the Côte d’Argent and savor the seafood flavors the locals love.
Port of Bordeaux
Palais de la Bourse, 3, place Gabriel, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, Cedex 3307
Most visitors docking in the Port of Bordeaux have just a day to explore this historic city. Opting for guided city tours can be a way to make the most of your visit, although wine excursions to nearby vineyards such as Médoc and Chateau Mouton Rothschild are also popular day-trip options that typically include round-trip transportation. If you’re exploring independently, don’t miss the Opera National de Bordeaux or the La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum—skip-the-line tickets can help save time at the latter.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Port of Bordeaux is made up of six separate ports. Smaller cruise ships typically dock right in the city center at Bordeaux proper (Port de la Lune), although some dock at Le Verdon.
- Port de la Lune is within walking distance of the Bordeaux tourist office and other amenities. There’s also free Wi-Fi.
- If docking at Port de la Lune, watch from deck as your ship navigates the Gironde Estuary, which is lined by a kilometer of 18th-century architecture.
- Many Bordeaux attractions can be explored on foot, but the tramway is also easy to navigate. There are ticket kiosks at all tram stops.
- The Port of Bordeaux is situated on a tidal river meaning gangways will always be relatively steep.
How to Get to Bordeaux From the Port of Bordeaux
The Port of Bordeaux is a river port which lies 60 miles (90 kilometers) inland from the Bay of Biscay. Cruise liners typically dock around a 30-minute drive from the city center, although smaller boats dock at the quay just outside Bordeaux proper. Most shore excursions will include port pickup and drop-off.
The official language of Bordeaux is French but English is generally spoken and understood in shops, restaurants, and other tourist attractions. The currency is the Euro. As the river is tidal, keep in mind that the gangway may change angle quite dramatically between your arrival and departure.
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