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Bordeaux boasts a rich history and is the hub of one of the globe's biggest wine-producing districts. The Holy Cross Church and St Andre's Cathedral are among magnificent edifices in the city. A rental vehicle is perfect for excursions and multi-day trips to Bay of Biscay seaside towns and beaches and the plentiful national parks in the Aquitaine Region of western France.
A motorhome hire is the most convenient method of exploring. Campgrounds tend to be in bucolic spots and offer all the amenities needed to enjoy a holiday in this exciting part of the world. The Chateau Lafite Rothschild Winery together with Chateau de Roquetaillade are both splendid day excursions.
Biarritz and its wonderful beaches and scintillating entertainment are only 200kms away and a comfortable drive if spending a few nights. The soft sands of Biscarrosse are closer and can be combined with a trip to Landes de Gascogne Park. Farther north, the tourism gem that is Oleron Island is accessible via a road bridge.
Rue Sainte-Catherine is the best place to start sightseeing odysseys in Bordeaux. The street is a pedestrian precinct lined with excellent retail and dining outlets. The Esplanade des Quinconces, the right bank of the Garonne River and the Fine Arts Museum are short walks from here.
The museum is one of France's finest and has exhibits created by a who's who of grand masters that includes Renoir, Van Dyck and Picasso. Bordeaux Botanical Gardens are nearby and home to 3,000 different genres of plants. The Grand Theatre is a stately 200-year-old structure and one of the many venues for performing arts here.
The top edge of Landes de Gascogne Regional Park is only 20 minutes drive. The Bay of Arcachon, Marqueze and the chance of hiking an interactive discovery trail in verdant forest ensure the park is a must for visitors. Marqueze Eco-Museum and a unique factory at Luxey provide glimpses of the traditions of yesteryear. There are plenty of campervan parks in the locality.
Le Village du Lac is a four-star campsite just minutes from Bordeaux. It is not far from the A630 orbital road and this gives comfortable access to regional motorways for onward travel. Onsite facilities include an award-winning restaurant and a swimming pool.
Yelloh St Emilion sits beside a lake, in vineyard country, about 30kms east of Bordeaux. This pastoral campground boasts every conceivable facility from swimming pools to a boating lake as well as a restaurant, bar and shop.
Campeole Plage Sud is quick walk from Biscarrosse Beach and is a family-orientated camping site. Ancient pines shade the park from the summer sun. Conveniences include a heated swimming pool and attached children's pool, a shop, a cafe bar and a playground.
Some streets in central Bordeaux are old and were never designed for a bulky motorhome, so it pays to use a car park on the outskirts. The A630 links to regional motorways. Rural routes with light traffic go to most of the tourism hotspots in the locality. Driving in France is on the right and the maximum permitted alcohol limit when driving is 0.05 per cent.