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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
Cité Frugès in Pessac, on the outskirts of Bordeaux, is one of Le Corbusier's first major achievements. This complex, which is a milestone in the design of modern homes in the early twentieth century, has been damaged over the years. Now, its importance is recognised and it’s protected. But it remains unknown by many Bordeaux residents who have never visited it.
In a town through which a river flows, bridges play a key role. In Bordeaux, it took a long time for the two banks of the Garonne to manage to communicate. The first bridge was not built until the early 19th century, and it took over a century for a second to be built. The pace has been stepped up a bit since then.
The very cosmopolitan and popular Saint-Michel area has sometimes suffered from a somewhat sulphurous reputation. Its dark, narrow streets have contributed to its legend. But its flea market has always attracted Bordeaux residents in search of a good deal. Those who look up from the stalls or explore the surrounding streets can admire beautiful old buildings, although they are not all perfectly maintained.