The closest major airport to Bordeaux is Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport located 27 km from the center of the city. Bergerac Dordogne Perigord Airport, about 117 km away from Bordeaux, and La Rochelle Airport, located 195 Km from the city, are other alternative destinations that are still convenient if traveling here. Airports in the United Kingdom with flights to Bordeaux are Heathrow Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport, London City Airport and Gatwick Airport. British Airways, easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Flybe are some of the operators offering routes to Bordeaux. Flights take approximately 2 hours. Some shuttle services are provided in Bordeaux, primarily by airlines. Train connections to the city are also easily accessible, along with taxi services available outside the terminal 24 hours a day.
Bordeaux, the largest urban World Heritage Site in the world, offers great natural scenery and fine wine in the heart of the French countryside. Bordeaux is located in the southwest of France near the European Atlantic coast. It is approximately 500 km southwest of Paris. The architecture in the city is seen by many as a work of art. It has been protected and maintained without any major changes for the last two centuries. Massively due to this, Bordeaux has over 350 historical monuments. Bordeaux is also well recognized for its vineyards and wine making. There are thousands of vineyard plantations that produce wine both for local and international consumption. Bordeaux is also popular for its numerous museums, parks and gardens.
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport is a busy airport serving mainly city break and leisure needs. Air France links it to Paris airports while British Airways flies from London Gatwick to Bordeaux. Easyjet flights include routes from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice and Brussels, as well as other French cities and London airports. Iberia flies from Madrid, TAP from Portugal and Ryanair from Cork, Edinburgh, Seville, Rome and London Stanstead. The airport is located 12 km West of Bordeaux and linked to the city by Jet Bus Shuttles, as well as by taxi or car rental.
Bordeaux is considered to be one of the best wine capitals in the world, making its gastronomy and wine-tasting a big draw for visitors. Recent years have seen the city's neglected dock areas revived into cultural and entertainment hot spots of museums, gardens, cafes and restaurants. Along with a huge student population, this gives Bordeaux a lively cosmopolitan feel and vibrant nightlife. From the shores of the Garonne River visitors can take boat trips towards the estuary or admire the unique architecture of the Aquitaine Bridge. The historical center contains the Musée d'Aquitaine and the quirky Musée National des Douanes which highlights French traditions and customs. Wine buffs can discover the history of the wine trade in the Musée du Vin et du Négoce. A short drive into the surrounding countryside of the Medoc and Graves regions takes visitors through some of the country's oldest vineyards, with opportunities for wine-tasting stops en-route.