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As everyone knows, Bordeaux is the capital of France's wine region. Located in the southwestern part of the country, this region is steeped in history and is known for its natural beauty. There is so much to explore here that self-driving is the only way to get maximum time flexibility. But be sure to compare car hire rates ahead of time online to lock down the lowest rates.
The Bordeaux Merignac Airport is the main air hub for the city, located just west of the city centre. Bordeaux can also be easily reached by train from all over France. Within the city it is easy to walk or use the tram and bus network to get around. However, to explore the areas surrounding Bordeaux a car is the most convenient transportation option.
Car hire in Bordeaux is readily available in the city centre as well as the airport. Many international rental companies are located near the central train station, Gare Saint-Jean. Visitors can choose from major international suppliers such as Sixt, Hertz, Europcar and Budget. At the airport, visitors will also find all the major hire companies on site.
Bordeaux is nicely connected to the French motorway network, making car rental in Bordeaux a great transport option. The city is ringed by the E70/E5 motorway and major motorways provide easy access in every direction. Roads are well-maintained and easy to navigate, but getting lost in rural areas may pose linguistic problems so have a map or some basic French words ready.
Self-driving will allow you to explore more than just the city of Bordeaux. Of course visiting some of the famous vineyards is a must, but a day in Cognac offers something different. Taking a tour at the Martell or Hennessey cognac makers is not only educational but tasty. A shorter drive from Bordeaux is the city of Saintes, which dates back to Roman times and is classified as one of the French Towns and Lands of Art and History'.
Wine lovers should not miss the Vinexpo, which usually takes place in June in odd-numbered years. The most popular time to visit Bordeaux is during the summer months, when temperatures range from 14°C to 26°C. The area sees the most amount of rainfall in November and December, with temperatures between 3°C and 12°C.