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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
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.
The Utopia in Bordeaux, where history meets cinema. This cinema, housed within the walls of the historic Saint-Siméon church, has given a new lease of life to the building, which was in decline, but still retains the architectural features that make it unique and remind us of its original purpose, with its vaults, arches and stained-glass windows.
Want to go where the locals in Bordeaux go when looking for a green space? Then slam a beret on your head, grab a baguette and a bottle of wine, and head for the Les Berges de Garonne. An eco paradise planted with a lazy shady selection of trees, this vast (yet surprisingly unknown) park in the centre of town is the place to spend a lazy summer afternoon. Or get more energetic Davy-Crockett kicks by hiring a canoe and heading out to explore that mighty Garonne river.