The capital of the world’s wine industry, Bordeaux is an intoxicating mix of 18th-century grandeur, first-rate museums, ancient churches and vibrant neighborhoods. A recent makeover has made the city known as The Pearl of Aquitaine even more appealing. The city’s historic center has been renovated to its original glory and the banks of the Garonne River are now lined with gardens, parks and open-air cafés. With its flat geography, walking and cycling have always been a favorite mode of transportation in Bordeaux, but a new tramway system has made the city even easier to navigate.
The city in the southwest of France makes a great base for excursions into wine country, and there are plenty of sights and attractions in Bordeaux too, including restaurants and bars where visitors can sample wines from the region’s 57 appellations. From nights at the opera to days spent exploring the luxury shops around the elegant Place Gambetta, there are always exciting things to do in Bordeaux.