After wolfing down breakfast at these comfy B&Bs, our tipsters were ready to explore the town – often with top recommendations from their hosts

Winning tip: La Ferrade, Bordeaux

Outside the city centre but only 20 minutes or so by bus, this B&B is beautifully furnished and great value. One of the best reasons to stay here is Yolande, the friendly owner, who couldn’t do enough for us. She recommended great restaurants and gave us tips on what to see in Bordeaux. Her incredible breakfast spread, complete with homemade jam, was the best breakfast I’ve had in France, and that’s saying something. Bordeaux is a fantastic city – a cleaner, friendlier and warmer version of Paris.
 Doubles from €80,


Santa Clara Guest House, Coimbra, Portugal

What a find! Combining old-fashioned charm and modern amenities, our spacious room had panoramic views over the old town, historic university and Mondego river. Sofia exuded Portuguese hospitality: her recommendations for local restaurants were faultless and the simple buffet breakfast suited us fine. We were within walking distance of all of Coimbra’s cultural sites. The B&B was next door to Dos Pequenitos, a miniature park with replica buildings of houses and monuments from all over Portugal, Madeira and the Azores.
 Doubles from about €60, on Facebook

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