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Campervan hire Bordeaux

With a lively cosmopolitan vibe, a surprising gastronomical scene and an architectural ensemble labelled UNESCO World Heritage, Bordeaux is as artfully layered as its world-class wine.

 

To many, the name Bordeaux conjures up a tidal flood of tannins, earthy flavours and fruity notes.  Like well-aged red wine, the city of Bordeaux is a full-bodied experience; the port city is as rich in culture as the region is in viticulture. The old part of town is a honey-coloured hive of 18th-century quays, squares and buildings with an official stamp of UNESCO World Heritage. Wide esplanades along the Garonne River and large public spaces with ornate fountains add a touch of lightness to a stately city of hefty columns and Hausmannian boulevards. Bordeaux obviously is about the nectar of the gods, too. To celebrate the hub of the world’s best wine region, a 21st-century architectural highlight was erected in Bordeaux. Called the Cité du Vin, this waterfront wonder is a museum on the art of making wine. Wine is a central theme throughout the Bordeaux region––on vineyards and in dark wine cellars, at châteaux and in ancient stone villages. Hire a campervan in Bordeaux and travel the famed wine routes, or travel to the coast for a surfing holiday at places like Mimizan and Lacanau. Fun times and good wines abound when you take an RV rental road trip in the Bordeaux region––just make sure to not drink and drive!

 

Practical Information about a Campervan Hire in Bordeaux

Depot + Transfer

Our depot is located in Boulac, at only 25 minutes from the city centre and at 15 minutes from Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD).

Are you starting a road trip in Bordeaux? If you arrive by airplane, we’ll pick you up at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport and take you to our van rental depot, where we’ll get you familiar with your motorhome or campervan. After returning your RV at our Bordeaux depot, you’ll be dropped off at the airport. Free of charge in regular hours, of course.

Parking in the city

Parking your campervan or motorhome in the Bordeaux’s city centre is not cheap, but there are plenty of solutions for you. Leave the van in a camping site or park it in the city’s outskirts for cheap parking (or even for free, in Parking Counord). From there, you’ll have public transportation at your disposal.

Camping grounds nearby

Near Bordeaux, you’ll find a lot of camping sites for your campervan. Village du Lac,  and Camping Bel-Air are very closeby. Otherwise, you’ll find plenty of camping sites in the Bordeaux region and on the coastline. Arcachon Bay, especially, is full of camping sites.

 

About Bordeaux

Welcome to the city of wine! Lending its name to the world’s favourite wine-producing region, Bordeaux wine goes way back––almost 2,000 years! The Romans who had conquered Gaul found Bordeaux to be ideal for cultivating grapes, but after Rome’s fall the region’s budding wine culture faltered. Wine production really gained a foothold when Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine married the Duke of Normandy and future King of England Henry II in 1152, starting a love story between the Brits and Bordeaux wine. The story ended abruptly, though, when the English and French fought the Hundred Years’ War from 1337 onwards. The second time Bordeaux wine gained international stardom status was in the 17th century, when Dutch traders and buyers took interest in the local product and helped Bordeaux become the fine wine it is today.

In for some vin? Hire a campervan in Bordeaux and start a road trip in a city considered by many connoisseurs to be one of France’s best travel destinations. Visit Place de la Bourse, one of the city’s most iconic sites. Here you’ll find the Water Mirror, a large pool with only a shallow film of water reflecting the Place de la Bourse. Explore the Quais de Bordeaux, a waterfront with beautiful gardens for you to lay down and enjoy the city at the right pace. Pass below La Grosse Cloche, the oldest belfry for Bordeaux’ town hall, with an ancient clock on it. Ride a bike across the old town and enter the gates of the Disney-like Porte Cailhau, or stop for a quick meal at a local market (with “quick meal” we mean something like oysters and wine), before strolling down Rue Sainte-Catherine, Europe’s longest pedestrianised shopping street. End your day by treating yourself to magret de canard, or duck breast, paired with a fine red, and finish dinner with Canelé, a small pastry baked in a scalloped mould with vanilla, rum and cane sugar.

 

What to discover

In and around the city

La Cité du Vin

A stop wine lovers can’t skip. A futuristic approach to museums in general, La Cité du Vin is a modern response to all-things-related to wine, from its history, to how and where it’s made worldwide. Seamlessly rounded and fluid, the building is shaped to be the embodiment of wine!

Wine regions of Bordeaux

To continue your wine journey through Bordeaux is to discover the source of it all. And there’s not just one source! Saint-Émilion, The Médoc, Canon Fronsac, Sauternes and Graves––choose one or two of these spots, get in your rental campervan, drive there, and visit its vat rooms and cellars, learn how wine is made and stored and, of course, don’t miss the opportunity to taste it – only tasting, because, you know, responsible driving and stuff…

Bordeaux Cathedral

This cathedral had a tough time during the Revolution, when it was stripped of its riches ––which explains why all its current embellishments are from other buildings.

It was also was the place where, in 1137, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII had their wedding. Is this the same Eleanor that married the Duke of Normandy? Yes, but that was fifteen years later. When she married Louis VII, she was only 13!

 

Recommended locations

Nantes

If you plan to hire a campervan or a motorhome in Nantes, why not rent one in Bordeaux and take an incredible road trip? At a three-and-a-half hour drive, the capital of Brittany is famous for a lot of reasons. Take Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the old seat of the Dukes of Brittany and a 13th-century castle that’ll do great on your Instagram grid. Or the mechanical creatures known as Les Machines de l’Île, inspired by the work of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci and brought to life by the artist François Delaroziere.

Rest a bit in the botanical Jardin des Plantes, before tasting local delicacies like fresh oysters, mussels, lobster, crabs, king prawns, mullet, sea bass––and the sweetest delight, gâteau Nantais, a soft pound cake made with a great deal of rum. Doesn’t that call for a road trip?

Limoges

Do a campervan hire in Bordeaux and drive to Limoges, less than 3 hours away. Get to know the world’s capital of porcelain at Musée National Adrien Dubouché, a porcelain museum––please, no breaking things. Travel through time at the Limoges Cathedral, with gothic architecture that goes back to the 1200s. Take a stroll along the picturesque Rue de la Boucherie, a narrow street with medieval timber-framed houses.

Explore the ruins of Château de Chalucet, once the region’s largest fortress. And to top this all off, visit the most famous ghost village in France, Oradour-sur-Glane. This memorial village has been frozen in time since the massacre on June 10th, 1944, when more than 600 people were killed by the German SS.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle is one of the most wonderful urban sights in the country––and it’s only a two-hour drive from Bordeaux, so no need to hire a campervan in La Rochelle! Start your visit with the Old Harbour, where you can spot the two iconic towers that have the port city for 600 years: the Tour Saint-Nicolas and Tour de la Chaîne. From the towers, head for the cobblestone streets behind the Old Harbour to find the Old Quarter. Full of cafés and restaurants, the scenic neighbourhood is perfect for a pleasant afternoon break.

After recovering your energies, walk a bit more to find Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, a stately gate that is the door to the town. Explore Le Bunker de La Rochelle, an underground bunker covering 280 square meters (complete with underground restaurant!) that used to provide refuge for German commanders. A bit further off (but not that far if you hire a campervan for a road trip in La Rochelle), and connected by a bridge, you’ll find Île de Ré, a dreamy island during summer, with golden sand beaches, rural roads and mother nature always close by.

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Allée Peronette, 344 - 33127 Saint Jean D'Illac, France

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