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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
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.
Follow a writer who was greatly inspired by the places where he lived as you read his works. He set many of his novels in those places, making them a good way to get to know a city and a region. François Mauriac brilliantly evokes the Bordeaux of his youth.
Cities are alive, neighbourhoods change and so do their buildings. La Bastide area of Bordeaux contains a hidden world linked to the industrial past of Bordeaux. A moving and extraordinary journey.