Renting a vehicle from us to see Bordeaux and the surrounding area gives you great flexibility to really see some of the best things about this part of France.
Here are a few of our favourite places to hang out near Bordeaux.
Van Hire for a Trip Around France - Saint-Émilion
From Bordeaux, once you’ve hired your van for a trip around the southwest of France, we recommend you head to Saint-Émilion in the heart of the Libournais region, an area of wine hills.
Saint-Emilion is a medieval city located at the crossroads of Bordeaux, Saintonge and Périgord.
This 12th century city is a wonderful place to spend a couple of days as there are lots of lovely places to stay and there are lots of wine tasting tours on offer.
If you are feeling active there are also cycling tours of the vineyards nearby stopping at wineries on route.
Van Trip Around France - Arachon Bay
An hour west of Bordeaux is Arachon Bay in the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast of France. This is the ‘locals spot’ where people from Bordeaux come to relax.
Famous for its oysters and its upscale resorts, but you can just hit the beautiful beach and feel the fine white sand between your toes.
Here you will see the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand-dune in Europe at 109 metres, 2,700 metres long, 500 metres wide.
Van Trip Around France - Royan
Royan is a seaside town situated 1 and a half hours drive north of Bordeaux on the mouth of the Gironde estuary.
Here, there are some lovely beaches and the famous Notre-Dame de Royan - one impressive concrete structure, created in 1958, which dominates the Royan skyline.
Visit the sheltered Plage de la Grande Conche, famous for the cute blue and white striped tents that are available to hire on the beach.
Van Trip Around France - Meschers-Sue
The lovely town of Meschers sur Gironde is a fishing village between estuary and ocean on the Atlantic coast. See the troglodyte Grottes de Regulus caves, carved into the chalky rock.
This is a truly tranquil setting with sandy beaches and stunning rocky cliffs.
Van Trip Around France - Parc de la Coccinelle
Parc de la Coccinelle at Gujan-Mestras is about 40 minutes drive south west of Bordeaux.
It is a theme park aimed at children up to 12 years old. We love it because it is not too intense and an excellent place to treat the kids. There are water rides, fun activities and an animal farm.
Van Trip Around France - Lacanau, for surfers
Lacanau is one of Bordeaux's most popular surf spots and for good reason.
There are fantastic, never ending sandy beaches and a bustling seaside town.
Inland, you will find endless pine forests with bike trails and even a lake for sailing and windsurfing.
Van Trip Around France - Bergerac
Bergerac is located about 100 kilometres east of Bordeaux and it is a charming medieval market town, steeped in history.
The town itself has a bustling square with bars, restaurants and boutique shopping offering interesting local produce.
In Bergerac you will find lots of wine tasting opportunities and historical information about Bergerac’s wine history.
Spend some time watching the world go by, and enjoying a long relaxing lunch à l'extérieur, as is traditional in France.
Then stroll along the banks of the Dordogne river. We highly recommend it.
Getting to Bordeaux and Transfer Details
Bonfire Vans can deliver your van or minibus hire to you either at the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport or at a nearby train station. Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean is the main train station at Bordeaux.
The Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport receives flights from all over the world.
If you are looking to save some money we can pick you up and bring you to our agency office in Frontenac, a short ride out of Bordeaux. We hand over your hired VW campervan there.
If you’d like to be further south of France, visit our Biarritz hire point.