Since 15 January 2015, all passport and consular services have been outsourced to M/s VF Services (UK) Ltd. Their office in Bordeaux is located at 81, Boulevard Pierre 1er, 33110 Le Bouscat, Bordeaux.
For any enquiry or information or clarification tourists and visitors can call:
The following documents are required to get a France visa:
Time required: 10 - 15 working days
Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain a French visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.
Bordeaux is a port city lining the Garonne River coast in southwestern France. It is a famous wine-growing region, and the city is famous for an exciting and vibrant wine display. Bordeaux is also referred to as "Little Paris". The city’s recent development has made Bordeaux a dynamic city. Its sleeping image has transformed into a city which never sleeps. Bordeaux city tour includes a combination of pedestrianised boulevards, restored neoclassical architecture, and a technolgically advanced public transport system.
The historic part of Bordeaux is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus striking a classic balance between ancient and modern life. Reputed architects have designed several new buildings and Herzog & de Meuron stadium (2015), decanter-shaped La Cité du Vin (2016) and Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge (2018) are key Bordeaux points of interest.
The places to visit in Bordeaux include the stunning Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, some mansions from the 18th- and 19th-century and the notable art museums.
The things to do in Bordeaux include raising a toast with a glass of fine-taste wine in one hand and the epic cuisine byte on the other. There are a multitude of cafés, gardens, and lots of food to be had.
Tourist places in Bordeaux also include a bustling university community of over 60,000, (Bordeaux Campus is the largest in France). The place is full of cultural, music and artistic vibes and there is no discussion on politics, sexual orientation or religion among people. Bordeaux was once ruled by the British, so there is an English Flair to the whole city.
Famous places in Bordeaux includes many historical attractions and that it is a place full of pride for its heritage can be seen at many places.
Among the things to do in Bordeaux, the Sainte-Catherine street is a pleasant, scenic walkway. Cross the bridge walking or take a ferry across the river. The tower of Saint-Michel can be ascended in 243 steps to enjoy a panorama view of the city. There are many public gardens, and the most famous of the lot is the big public park called the Bordeaux's Botanical Garden. Watch the ducks play in this 1855 botanical garden. There are guided tours and fun activities for children and the family here.
Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport is the regional airport used for domestic flights and few international flights, connecting Bordeaux to Europe specifically Paris, London, Madrid, and Amsterdam.
Airport transfers include a bus to the city centre. A shuttle share service is also available to drop you at the doorstep in Bordeaux. It is called Hello Shuttle. Buses are also available to help you reach the downtown.
Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport hosts various international airlines. There is no public transport service available for transit to the city. Opt for a taxi from the airport to Bergerac railway station and then board the rail to reach Bordeaux Saint Jean station.
At Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport there are high-speed trains from terminal 2 to Bordeaux Saint Jean station.
Paris Orly Airport: Take a bus from the airport to Massy TGV station. There are TGV train services to Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway
Bordeaux by car can be reached via the A10 highway or N10, in the south by taking the A63 highway, and in the east by taking A beltway to be around Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is a big city landscape, but fortunately, most of its tourist attraction are in/around the town centre. Avoid car parking in the narrow streets of the town centre.
Take a walk, instead of going about in a car, since most of the town centre is pedestrian-friendly. Reaching using the various city bus lines. A small ferry boat, called Le Bus du Fleuve, will shuttle you between the western and the eastern shore.
There are three tramway lines are also available (A, B, and C).
Bordeaux is a wine destination and so naturally, the best time to visit the place is from April to October. Summer season is from June to August. Days are long and hot during this time. The winters from December to February are wet and mild.
Springtime from March-May and autumn from September-November is recommended to the tourists. In summers, especially during July and August peak tourist months, the temperature is soaring and so are the prices due to a huge number of tourists. Besides, a lot of chateaux are shut down for a public visit during this time. Sundays on your trip days should be a minus if you are on a wine tour. Most of the cellars are closed on the day.
Ideally, make a visit to Bordeaux in May and June or September and October which are low season months and the perfect time to witness the harvest season.
From October, wineries close down, and June is also the time when it is the festival season, fair, flea markets and events. Bordeaux Pride, Bordeaux Fete Le Fleuve, Bordeaux International Fair, Flea Market, Bordeaux Wine Festival and Bordeaux Bacchanal are some of the must visit places. To witness the Opera season, plan a visit in September to October.
Also, pack a travel insurance. Travel insurance is quite helpful in case of baggage or document loss. Even medical emergencies can be handled better with the help of travel insurance.
Bordeaux is a trade-centred economy, and hence, it has many trading shops. The Pedestrian Center accommodates stores of all sorts and sizes selling clothes, art, craftworks, wine, etc.
For luxury items, Gambetta Square is the place to shop.
Bordeaux music groups have proven popular, so invest in local Bordeaux music.
Clothing is more affordable than Paris, so head straight to Rue Sainte Catherine to buy shoes and clothes both. Also look for second-hand and vintage clothes at a shop called "Kilo Chic".
Buy the Bordeaux wine.
The best thing to do is to check with your travel insurer for a list of networked hospitals. Networked hospitals may allow cashless treatment which is even better for an unplanned medical care. Some of the prominent hospitals in Bordeaux are:
Euro is the official currency used here.
Don’ts in Bordeaux
The official spoken language here is French. You will find many people speaking French and English too in restaurants, bars and hotels. It is best to know some simple French phrases and go easy in navigating the city too.
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