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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.
When visiting Arcachon it would be a real shame if you only saw the beach and businesses located there. The seaside town of Arcachon Bay, near Bordeaux has an incredible heritage in the form of the Winter Town, a district where you can stroll in beautiful surroundings and an atmosphere of tranquility. You can’t help but succumb to the charm of the old fashioned villas.
For many centuries wine has been part of our daily lives, and our way of living, at celebrations, festivals and more. From one civilisation to another, one period of time to another, wine doesn’t always play the same role. What is more, over the course of time, wine production has progressed, in the same way that each different landscape has its own special properties. These are exactly the kinds of details that Cité du Vin in Bordeaux will help you to uncover.