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Each year, Bordeaux's Allées de Tourny is transformed into a magical winter wonderland of little wooden huts and stalls. This is a traditional Christmas market and a great place for picking up some original gifts for your loved ones.

Each year, Bordeaux's Allées de Tourny is transformed into a magical winter wonderland of little wooden huts and stalls. This is a traditional Christmas market and a great place for picking up some original gifts for your loved ones. Particular products worth considering are the artisan perfumes, bottles of local wine and Landes foie gras.

About the Market

This delightful Christmas village of wooden chalets includes more than 100 little boutiques offering the finest artisans and their products from throughout the region of Aquitaine. Regional specialties include chocolate from Bayonne, armagnac, pear and prune spirits, faïences from Samadet, potteries from Saint Faust, blown glass from Vianne, baskets and linens.

Christmas market pictures: copyright @ AMG Production – La Ronde des Quartiers de Bordeaux

More about Bordeaux

The city is located in the South West France, on the Atlantic coast. The city is built on a bend of the river Garonne and it is one of the worlds most important wine producing areas and is in fact considered the world's wine capital. Bordeaux is one of the most important cities in south-western France, the good climate and rich history make the city an interesting place to explore.

The city is full of elegant 18th-century buildings constructed from limestone and adorned by graceful cast-iron balconies, many of which have been restored to their original, honey-coloured splendour. Wide avenues, neoclassical architecture and well-tended parks all give the city a certain grandeur.

Bordeaux can be easily explored on foot and its attractions include good shops and restaurants that serve food that live up to the region's world-beating wines. The city has excellent museums, lively nightlife and beaches close by.

Accommodation in Bordeaux

Accommodation in central Bordeaux gets booked fast during the Christmas market period, so search for self catering accommodation near Bordeaux, as during the winter months many holiday property owners allow short stays.

Transport quick facts about the markets:

Free Parking:  No
Pay Parking: Yes - Bourse Jean-Jaurès, Tourny, Quinconces
Coach Parking: Do not know
Nearest Bus Route:
Nearest Railway Station:
Nearest Tram Stop:
Line B & C, Stations Quinconces and Intendance
Nearest Tube Station:

Suggested Travel Routes

Choosing to travel by train to France is a simple option. It’s fast and cost effective and also allows you to enjoy the beautiful French countryside. With a great rail network in place, it has never been easier to get to France by train. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets

As a foot passenger from the UK to Bordeaux:

By Train: you can take Eurostar direct from St Pancras International in London to Paris, then take the TGV to Bordeaux. Connections can also be picked up from Ashford or Ebbsfleet. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets

By Plane: as an example, you can fly directly from London (Gatwick) to Bordeaux. Book cheap flights to France.

Taking your car from the UK to Bordeaux:

By Train: take your car on Eurotunnel from Ashford near Folkstone, Kent direct to Calais in France. Journey time is about 35 minutes and the cost varies but is around £55 day trip return for a car and 5 passengers. Calais - 868 km, 9 hour 30 minutes by car to Bordeaux.

By Boat: It is usually cheaper to take a car over to France by boat, because the journey takes longer. Operators offer regular ferry trips across the channel, with prices ranging from around £30 for a return day trip. Book a ferry to France

The drive from Calais to Bordeaux is 868 km, 9 hour 30 minutes.

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