Destination guide

Wine away the hours in Gironde, France

Raise a glass to Gironde, France. The country's southwest region has been enticing travelers with sumptuous wines for centuries, and it's hard to imagine a more quintessential spot to kick back with some red than a chateau in Bordeaux. We've also heard it through the grapevine that there's a lot more to savor in this French department. In addition to vineyards, Gironde vacation rentals can be your home base amid trips to nature parks, art museums, medieval sites, quaint lighthouses, lively shopping districts, and even one of Europe's most majestic sand dunes.

Things to do

Oh the places you'll go in the city of Bordeaux

Some visit Bordeaux and say, "Great wine town." UNESCO called it "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble." Either way, it's not to be missed on your trip to Gironde. Bordeaux boasts over 350 national heritage sites. Must-see landmarks include the Place de Bourse, Bordeaux Cathedral, and the Grande Theatre de Bordeaux. To study up on wine, stop by La Cite du Vin museum, and get your art appreciation on at the Musee des Beaux Arts or CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art. The Dune du Pilat, Europe's tallest sand dune, is a sight to behold in La Teste-de-Buch.

Activities

Hanging around, or on the vine, in Gironde

If wine's your thing, then you know Bordeaux. Cross the unofficial wine capital of the world (official, if you ask anyone in Gironde) off your bucket, er… bottle list by savoring sips at various vineyards. Then admire the architecture and history of Bordeaux's more than 350 national heritage sites. For some oceanfront action, take your pick of surfing or sunbathing in Lacanau before drying off at your choice of Gironde vacation rentals. Depending on when you visit the happening region of Gironde, you may find yourself cheering on marathoners, grooving through a jazz festival, or scrutinizing treasures at an antique fair.

Weather

Comfortable climes all year in mild Gironde

The summers in Gironde, France are warm and mild, hovering within the 70s and making it a popular time to visit. You'll snag the best deals on Gironde vacation rentals in the cooler but still comfortable winter months. Think occasional frost, but never snow. Winter temps tend to be in the 40s and 50s, with rain slightly more likely than during the rest of the year. A rain jacket is a smart addition to your carry-on no matter when you visit, and be sure to pack a coat for cooler nights if visiting around the winter months.

Natural features

Gironde, France—from coast to vine

Gironde is the largest department in France, located in the southwestern region of the country along the Atlantic Ocean and extending inland. While known for picturesque vineyards producing palatable vins, Gironde has many other geographical delights to showcase. See everything from the Atlantic coastline along the Bay of Biscay to winding estuaries and rivers and lush forests and valleys. Gironde vacation rentals may find you in the historic center of Bordeaux, along the Gironde Estuary, in the beach town of Lacanau, or along the Arcachon Bay, home to the tallest sand dune in Europe.

How to get there

How to get to and around Gironde

The nearest airport is in Bordeaux (BOD-Merignac), located 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Bergerac (EGC-Bergerac - Perigord - Dordogne), which is 53.4 mi (85.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Bordeaux St-Jean Station, Bordeaux-Benauge Station and Bègles Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Gironde by jumping on the metro at Bergonié Tram Stop, Saint Nicolas Tram Station or Victoire Tram Station.

Where to stay around Gironde?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,273 vacation rentals near Gironde. From 4,373 Houses to 1,052 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gironde for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gironde?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gironde. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bordeaux: 1,238 vacation rentals
  • Arcachon: 3,364 vacation rentals
  • St-Émilion: 325 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 453 vacation rentals
  • Cap Ferret: 3,304 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Gironde! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gironde?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gironde:

  • Bordeaux: 1,238 rentals
  • Arcachon: 3,364 rentals
  • St-Émilion: 325 rentals
  • Lège-Cap-Ferret: 3,316 rentals
  • Libourne: 316 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Gironde?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Gironde are:

  • Merignac Airport (BOD): 1,556 vacation rentals
  • Libourne (XLR): 641 vacation rentals
  • La Teste De Buch Airport (XAC): 3,996 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Gironde?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Gironde. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arcachon Beach: 3,899 rentals
  • Bordeaux (ZFQ-Saint-Jean SNCF Train Station): 1,367 rentals
  • Le Verdon-sur-Mer La Pointe-de-Grave Station: 2,265 rentals
  • Collegiate Church of Saint-Emillion: 786 rentals
  • Chateau Cos-d'Estournel: 656 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gironde listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Gironde

Bordeaux
1,238 vacation rentals
Arcachon
3,364 vacation rentals
St-Émilion
325 vacation rentals
Lège-Cap-Ferret
3,316 vacation rentals
Libourne
316 vacation rentals
Gujan-Mestras
3,743 vacation rentals
Talence
1,004 vacation rentals
Cars
142 vacation rentals
Lacanau
1,272 vacation rentals
Macau
389 vacation rentals
Soulac-sur-Mer
1,382 vacation rentals
Pessac
888 vacation rentals
Andernos-les-Bains
3,161 vacation rentals
La Teste-de-Buch
3,747 vacation rentals
Sadirac
909 vacation rentals
St-Loubès
985 vacation rentals
Nérigean
299 vacation rentals
Gauriaguet
147 vacation rentals
Margaux
183 vacation rentals
Hourtin
1,261 vacation rentals