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Bordeaux Weather And Best Time To Visit Bordeaux
Widely known as the wine capital of France - if not the entire European continent - Bordeaux is a small French city located on the banks of the River Garonne in the southwest region of the country. The world-famous varieties of wine and the stretches upon stretches of fantastic vineyards is clearly what marks the highlight of Bordeaux, but the city’s attractions do not simply end there. True travel enthusiasts will find particular joy in exploring the city's numerous historical monuments, its stunning parks and museums, and the lip-smacking local cuisine. The recommended months to visit Bordeaux vary greatly depending on your preferences; the ocean-side location of Bordeaux means the weather generally ranges between warm summers and mild winters with chances of rain all through the year. Detailed below are some of our recommendations for the best times to visit Bordeaux.
Summer (June – August)
Summers are usually the busiest time of the year in Bordeaux. The average temperature during the months of July and August is 27⁰C, which can occasionally rise a few degrees higher. The overall weather remains sunny and warm, which is perfect for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities; especially the wine tours. French and European tourists flock to this city during this period and are the main crowd you’ll notice in the city during this season. Since it is peak season, all hotel and commercial rates are substantially higher as well, making this time unsuitable for travellers on a budget.
Autumn (September – November)
For those looking to avoid the crowds of busy summer months but still wanting to enjoy the warm Bordeaux weather, the early autumn season is the best time to visit. Early fall temperatures average around 20⁰C and dip to around 13⁰C by November, with very pleasant and romantic weather all through the season. The prices in accommodation also reduce to about half as much as that in summers. The wineries begin their grape harvests in the autumns as well, which may be the only downside to visiting in this season since a lot of wineries do not allow visitors for tours during this time.
Winter (December – February)
Winters in Bordeaux are chilly but still relatively mild enough to enjoy a trip to the city. The daytime temperature hovers around 10⁰C that drops to somewhere between 2⁰-3⁰C in the night. Bordeaux is a very Christmas-festive city and the annual Christmas market here is a delightful affair for people of all ages. Rains are very common during winters as well, so be sure to pack an umbrella if planning a trip to Bordeaux during this season.
Spring (March – May)
Spring in Bordeaux appears relatively similar to the autumn season. The only difference lies in the amount of rain experienced during this time, which usually lasts almost all through the season. The mild and rainy weather gradually gives way to increasing temperatures by the end of May. A trip to Bordeaux in springtime should only be attempted by tourists who don’t mind occasional rains that may disrupt their outdoor plans.