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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
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.
Bordeaux's architectural history is not limited to the 18th-century buildings that made the city famous. The less common Art Deco style left a few beautiful lesser-known traces such as the Bourse du travail, a building that also houses works from the greatest Bordeaux painters of the time.
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.