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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
All towns assert themselves through their architecture Bordeaux is no exception. It is useful to delve into its street code system so as not to miss some of its unique aspects.
Chic Bordeaux has plenty of cool museums, but if you want to see the quirkiest, head for the one that tourists hardly ever visit: La Maison de L’Eau. Unique in France (and pretty rare elsewhere), La Maison de L’Eau water museum is a weird wonderland of wacky hands-on exhibits, wonderfully eclectic artefacts and a few wired experiments focussing on the – far from drippy – theme of H2O.
In every city, squares are important. They connect urban areas, help traffic to flow and are points of reference which are often easier to identify than streets. They also set the tone of a city depending on whether they’re rather grandiose or have more of a fun feel.