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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
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.
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.
Bordeaux, a low-lying city based mainly on the left bank of the Garonne river, is hard to take in at a single glance. Yet there are few places which offer a wide-ranging view of Bordeaux. Here's mine.