The capital of the Gironde department in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France, Bordeaux is widely esteemed as one of the world’s largest wine-producing regions, generating more than 800 million bottles of prestigious wine brands annually.
Built upon the River Garonne just half an hour inland of the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux is a major port city stuffed with fine architecture, historic sites, exceptional shopping and a world-class arts and culture scene all topped off with a relaxed atmosphere.
Bordeaux’s city center, known as the Pedestrian Zone, features more than 350 historic structures and landmarks that include medieval churches, a Roman amphitheater and charming old bridges such as the Ponte de Pierre. The city also features several beautiful plazas of which the Place de la Bourse is the most stunning with its mirror-like effect.
Bordeaux’s well-developed waterfront presents several quays where tourists can shop among vibrant markets and designer outlet shops, dine in lovely restaurants or simply relax while admiring the magnificent views of the river.
A visit to Bordeaux would not be complete without a guided or self-guided drive through the surrounding wine country where tourists can admire incredible scenery, picturesque villages, vineyards and chateaux.
A city praised for its arts and culture scene, Bordeaux features some of France’s most impressive museums and art galleries as well as opera houses and theaters. Every June, the city hosts its spectacular Festival of Wine in tandem with the Festival of the River. For nightlife, the city’s waterfront quays offer pubs and nightclubs.