Widely regarded as the world’s wine capital, the graceful French city of Bordeaux offers far more than just vineyards and claret. Having rid itself of a rather sleepy image over the last decade, Bordeaux is now among one of France's most exciting and dynamic cities. While a sizeable number of its visitors still visit the city to get a taste of what makes this wine-rich region so special, Bordeaux has many other surprising secrets.
Stretched along the banks of the Garonne River, this City of Art and History is home to 362 historic monuments, with some buildings dating back to Roman times. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2007, Bordeaux’s Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th century mansions and popular art museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, are rare treats to discover. This urban and architectural ensemble includes public gardens that line the curving river quays, and the imposing Place de la Bourse, which overlooks the reflecting pool, Miroir d’Eau.
The Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe, is a fine space to while away some hours. Alternatively, other distractions include barista-run coffee shops, delicious food trucks, and exceptional restaurants and, of course, more fine wine than can ever be possibly drunk.
The world-famous wines of Bordeaux come from a winemaking tradition stretching back over 20 centuries. The famous wines, prestigious chateaux and historic sites along the Bordeaux Wine Route reveal the rich heritage of the Bordeaux vineyards. Situated in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin is a new generation museum where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations.
Bordeaux UNESCO Listed City
The Bordeaux World Heritage Site covers half the city, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site. The vast area boasts 474 listed public buildings, 100 of which are grade 1 listed.