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Capital of the seafood-loving Aquitaine region, Bordeaux lies along the banks of the River Garonne, and is home to 362 magnificent monuments, several first class museums and a pedestrian shopping zone that’s over a kilometre long. This charming city has also been famous for fine wines since Roman times, and is still at the epicentre of today’s international wine trade. Get some inside information by visiting Bordeaux’s vintners where you can sample and buy sweet whites such as Chateau d’Yquem, and exclusive reds like Chateaux Margaux, and other top wines at hard-to-beat prices. But if you follow our tips and roam off the beaten track, you’ll discover there’s a lot more to buzzing Bordeaux than historical sights, great shopping and posh grape juice.
Main City Paris
Surface 49.36 km²
Density 4,779 /km²
Bordeaux is famous mostly for the wine which bears its name. But where are its vines? Elsewhere, in the Gironde, often quite far away. With a few exceptions. In the heart of Bordeaux, as well as in the immediate vicinity, there are some little known vineyards. Their vines are harvested to produce wine which is not marketed. They are even more mysterious as a result.
As a witness to the Second World War, BETASOM is a place of remembrance, but it is also a striking building thanks to its exaggerated proportions. Concrete and water alternate in this gigantic enclosure which occasionally hosts original exhibitions, adapted to the surroundings and the elements.
By the Garonne and near the Bay of Arcachon, Bordeaux has various culinary specialities when it comes to fish and shellfish. Here's a quick overview of the dishes which all Bordeaux residents love.