Bordeaux sits in southwest France, close to the Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Ocean. It’s close enough to the water to enjoy the warming breezes of the Gulf Stream, which give the city a fairly temperate climate.
Summers here tend to be pleasant, with average temperatures of 63 degrees, though hitting the high 70s is not at all uncommon. Thunderstorms occasionally happen in July and August, but on the whole, summers in Bordeaux are fairly dry.
Things cool off a bit in the fall, and it’s a pleasant time to visit, though things can get a little rainy in September. If you want to hit the wineries, keep in mind that many close during October, the traditional harvest time. Winters there are mild, with an average temperature of 45 degrees. Though the rain does pick up just a bit from the other months, there is rarely ever snow.
Because Bordeaux has such a large college community, its high and low tourist seasons are a bit different from the rest of Europe’s. Typically, the rest of the Continent sees most of its crowds during the summer months, when tourists and backpackers do the majority of their traveling. It’s true that most tourists do their loop through Bordeaux during this time, but if anything, it feels more crowded here during the rest of the year, when the university swells the city with 60,000-some students. They add a youthful, fun, energetic vibe, but do be aware of added waits.