Widely regarded as the world’s wine capital, the graceful French city of Bordeaux offers far more than just vineyards and claret. Having shaken off its rather sleepy image over the last few years, Bordeaux is now amongst France's most exciting and dynamic cities. While a sizeable number of the city's visitors are still enticed by the chance to taste 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.[ReadMoreMob] Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007, Bordeaux’s historic centre is home to the Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th century mansions and popular art museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, and many other impressive treasures 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. [ReadMoreDesk]
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 are the products of winemaking traditions dating back over 20 centuries. The legendary tipples, prestigious chateaux and historic sites along the Bordeaux Wine Route reveal the rich heritage of the Bordeaux vineyards, while in the heart of the city 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
Bordeaux's historic city centre – an UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site – covers half of the city's entire area, from the pretty outer boulevards to the picturesque banks of the Garonne River. It is the largest urban heritage site in the world, boasting almost 500 listed public buildings, including 100 that are Grade 1 listed.