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BordeauxCelebrating wine, gastronomy, arts and culture, Bordeaux is a city that represents the very essence of the French spirit. Located in the southwest of France, on the Garonne River, Bordeaux casts its charms around the region through its broad pedestrian boulevards, gorgeous squares, modern buildings and historical architecture. Pay a visit to Bordeaux on your next trip to France and see why the city was once elected as "European Best Destination".
The CitySynonymous with wine and the finer things in life, Bordeaux reigns as the ultimate grape lover's haven. Boasting wine bars, merchants, and over a hundred winery châteaux, this city celebrates wine not only as a beverage but also for its therapeutic potential in wine therapy spa treatments, which utilise grape extracts for body rejuvenation. Bordeaux's stunning Baroque architecture, originally designed to mask slums, has since become a major draw for visitors. Complementing its historic charm, the city has embraced modernity with futuristic buildings, contemporary transport, and an increasingly trendy urban scene. Strolling through the well-organised riverbanks, structured squares, and pedestrian streets of this Garonne gem, you'll delight in exploring, shopping, and savouring the finest of French gastronomy.
Do & See
History, sights, landmarks, architecture, arts and tons of activities have turned Bordeaux into a beautiful and exciting city. Consistently renewing itself, for example with the recent construction of the Cité du Vin, Bordeaux is typical and modern at the same time, with sights and entertainment for everyone. One thing is for sure: hold on to your camera, because everything here is highly photogenic.
Bordeaux's cuisine offers as many flavours as its wines, and they are a perfect match for each other. Marry your favourite red or white wine with one of the city's culinary specialities: lobster, oysters, Pauilla clam, Aquitaine beef, Entrecôte "à la Bordelaise", and the list goes on. If your mouth is not watering yet, step into one of the following restaurants and we guarantee it will.
Whether you want to take a break in-between visits or you feel you might have indulged too much in French wine the night before, there is no bad excuse for a coffee break in Bordeaux. Although you will be spoiled for choice with all the beautiful and tasty French pastries on offer, there is one local speciality you shouldn't leave without trying: the canelé, a small pastry flavoured with rum and vanilla with a soft custard centre and a dark caramelized crust.
Bars & Nightlife
It's not all about wine tasting in Bordeaux. Although this experience you should definitely not miss out on while in the city, Bordeaux, despite its size, does offer vibrant nightlife. Most bars and clubs are concentrated in walkable areas, mostly along the river. Check out the areas around the Place du Parlement, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and the University of Bordeaux for more options.
Wineries, food stores, markets of all kinds, large brands and designer objects can be found when walking in the streets of Bordeaux. The variety is huge and every shopper can find what they are looking for. Markets are also a great place to have a bite and a walk, and second-hand in big in Bordeaux.