Averages for Bordeaux in March
Bordeaux gets many tourists thanks to its location along the Garonne River, which is a popular route for several European river cruises. The city has become a hot port of call for these river cruise ships, as visitors love the moderate weather, abundance of wine, and rich history. March signals the official start of spring and with it comes warmer temperatures and steady rain chances. The average daily temperature jumps up nearly three degrees in February, sitting at 10°C (about 49°F)....
Daily averages for Bordeaux
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Bordeaux gets many tourists thanks to its location along the Garonne River, which is a popular route for several European river cruises. The city has become a hot port of call for these river cruise ships, as visitors love the moderate weather, abundance of wine, and rich history. March signals the official start of spring and with it comes warmer temperatures and steady rain chances. The average daily temperature jumps up nearly three degrees in February, sitting at 10°C (about 49°F).
The highs reach up to a very nice 14°C (around 57°F), plenty warm to be out and about, exploring the ripening vineyards or checking out the city. During the day, long-sleeve shirts, trousers, and sweaters are in order and you'll probably also want a jacket or coat for the cooler evening hours. The lows can get down to 5°C (around 41°F), nice for early spring, especially when compared to other areas of France during this time.
Visitors can expect about 90 mm of rainfall during the month, falling over 14 days. Pack an umbrella to be prepared and check the local forecast before heading out to know how much rain to expect. Other destinations in southwest France, including Royan, experience similar downpours. You have a 47% chance of rain, 43% chance of clouds, and 20% chance of wind on any given day.
The average number of sunshine hours this month is six, ample time to be outside. The chance of a sunny day is 13%. During your stay, you can expect the temperatures to remain steady as the area rarely sees extreme highs and lows. At one point, however, the city recorded a high temperature of 27°C (about 81°F), hot even for summer. The lowest recorded temperature was a well-below freezing -8°C (around 17°F).
Where to Stay
The Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean is a good central choice for travellers who appreciate the consistent quality of the big name chain hotels like ibis. There are 80 comfortable rooms complete with private bathroom, television, and air conditioning. Each morning, you can enjoy the market-style buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices. The hotel is located close to the tram stop for easy access to Bordeaux's best attractions.
Found in an 18th century building in a quiet area of the city, the Best Western Hotel Royal St Jean offers three-star accommodations for your March holiday. Rooms are up to the standard expected of the Best Western chain. The hotel has an on-site shop selling local Bordeaux produce such as wines and cheeses. The cocktail lounge provides evening entertainment, and guests can enjoy a cooked breakfast in the mornings. You'll also get free Wi-Fi at this pet-friendly hotel.
Hotel le Chantry offers two-star rooms in the centre of Bordeaux for an affordable price. Simple and comfortable, the 41 rooms are all equipped with private bathrooms, televisions, and telephones. Choose from a single, double, twin, or triple room configuration. Each morning, you'll enjoy a breakfast of yogurts, cereals, cheeses, fruits, and a small cooked selection. You can take breakfast either in the dining room or as room service.
Things to Do
To escape the spring showers in March, enjoy a day of pampering at Escale Detente. This spa aims to combine modern and urban relaxation with traditional Turkish baths and Jacuzzis. You can also check out the saunas or opt for a body treatment like body wraps and massages. Guests here can work on their tan, either on a sun bed or with a spray solution, and enjoy a mani or pedi before heading out for an evening meal.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Notre Dame Church, or Eglise Notre Dame la Grande, is an incredible piece of Baroque architecture. When you walk inside, your eyes will automatically be drawn to the elaborate stained-glass windows found around the sanctuary. As you make your way up to the altar, you'll see intricate woodworking details and astonishing artwork. The exterior provides a great backdrop for photographs.
If gambling is your game, the Casino Barriere de Bordeaux is just the place for you. It has all the typical slot machine games, as well as table games like roulette, craps, and poker. In between gambling, head over to the casino's two restaurants to enjoy a yummy lunch or dinner. You can also get a cocktail, beer, or wine at the casino's bar. Throughout the week, the casino has themed events and it also hosts concerts, comedians, and special guests.
Eating and Drinking Out
Restaurant la Cape is much more than a restaurant; it's a gastronomic experience. Dinner choices include stuffed lobster and roasted turnips for starters, cod and sweetbreads for the main course, and rhubarb confit and roasted cookies for dessert. For those who can't decide, the tasting menu designed by chef Thomas Brasleret is an excellent choice. The simple, yet still chic, dining room provides the perfect backdrop for your amazing meal.
For those who want a change of drink for the evening, The Houses of Parliament, a British style pub in the city centre, focuses more on beers, spirits, and cocktails. As well as the usual British sport on television and the pool tables, there's also live music and a selection of up-to-date English newspapers, great for reading the news back home. You'll find themed nights throughout the week like Student Night and Open Mic Night.
Dame de Shanghai is a top choice for a hot night out on the town. Separated into restaurant, bar, and disco areas, there's something to suit all nightlife tastes here. The disco is open until 4 am and is a popular venue after many of the other bars in the area close for the night. The bar is a much more laid back area, serving up cocktails and spirits in a quiet, yet social, environment.