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Bordeaux, a vibrant city

Chosen as Lonely Planet’s most attractive city in 2017, number two in the New York Times cities to visit in 2016, and «European Best Destination 2015”... over the course of the last ten years, Bordeaux has transformed itself, and revealed its rich personality.

Boasting exceptional classical and modern architecture, and surrounded by the most famous vineyards in the world, it is a perfect symbol of the French “Art of Living”. Bordeaux also has a lively cultural scene, with a new generation of young artists and musicians who have not hesitated to reinvent and create alternative versions of the “Port of the Moon” as it is fondly known - in reference to the crescent-shape followed by the Garonne river as it wends its way through the city.

The capital of New Aquitaine

The region’s wines travel as ambassadors all over the world, but Bordeaux is also happy to play the host and receives increasing numbers of visitors! The new high-speed train line that connects to Paris in just two hours, the cruise ships that dock in the city centre, and the numerous airlines offering direct flights, have created an accessibility that has propelled the city to its position of capital of Nouvelle Aquitaine, the largest region in the country, covering the entire South-West. The Bordeaux region is known for the Dune du Pilat, the oyster ports in Arcachon bay, the vines in Pessac-Léognan, the wild, unspoilt Atlantic coastline, the conviviality of the Basque country... and its vast preserved spaces that give it the feel of a «French California».

Miroir d'eau

Bordeaux, and effervescent and creative city

An endless source of inspiration, Bordeaux attracts numerous artists and cultural projects. The city has one of the liveliest music scenes in France, with unusual urban venues springing up in each neighbourhood, and a flourishing street art community that takes pleasure in covering Bordeaux’s walls.

Guinguette Chez Alriq 2 - N Duffaure
© Guinguette Chez Alriq - N. Duffaure

Gastronomy and the french lifestyle

Bordeaux encourages us to take the time to enjoy life, and savour its simple pleasures. A pleasant climate, UNESCO world heritage architecture that nonetheless remains on a human scale, numerous pedestrian streets and delightful little squares, welcoming cafés and bars, designer shops, a new guard of audacious young chefs offering exciting flavours and culinary combinations, a stroll in the beautifully laid out parks, or along the quay... The entire city’s traffic flow system has been reorganized and complemented with a network of cycle paths. Here everyone can set their own pace, and enjoy the vibrant energy that pulses through the city.

Centre-ville de Bordeaux
© Old Bordeaux - Vincent Bengold

Bordeaux, the international capital of wine

Once again this year, Bordeaux is celebrating wine with its spectacular biennial festival (External link) that attracts visitors from around the world. Bordeaux’s wine producers and wine merchants offer this unique opportunity to taste wines, and discuss them with wine professionals. The region has been blessed with an incomparable variety of soil types that produce exquisite nectars every year. The oldest and largest area in the world that produces fine wines, Bordeaux includes 65 appellations and covers 111,000 hectares. Hundreds of wine-producing properties, or châteaux, open their doors to visitors and are happy to reveal the secrets of how they make their wines. There are many different ways to journey through this magical land: by boat, on horseback, on foot, in a group or a personal tour... An opportunity to experience a powerful heritage and strong characters, and to taste the resulting wines!

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Bordeaux Fête le Vin  ©VincentBengold