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About Bordeaux:

Heaven for wine lovers.

Bordeaux is the first urban area to be listed as World Heritage by UNESCO over such an extensive and complex perimeter. The heart of the capital of Aquitaine and the banks of the Garonne River have been restored to their former splendor after several years of major public works. A tram network links the two banks of the river. Place Pey-Berland has been entirely remodeled and is now pedestrians-only.

People now flock to the square to sit at the terrace of a cafe and enjoy the view of Saint Andre Cathedral, the stone of which has been cleaned to give it back its initial blond color. Cours de l’Intendance, one of the main arteries of the city, is now reserved for pedestrians and has become the shopping hub of the city. Place de la Comedie has got its space back and a luxury hotel is open behind the facade of an ancient building.

On the quaysides of the left bank you can once again drive and admire the view of the river and promenade laid out for pedestrians, cyclists and roller-skaters. There are also play areas for children. Restaurants and bistros have set up and are one of the attractions of the waterfront, along with the farmhouse market on Sundays and the organic market on Thursdays.

Other points of interest include Quai des Marques for shopping, the water mirror–with dazzling reflections of the nearby buildings and the ‘Trois Graces’ fountain– and the quayside gardens with their flowerbeds that change according to the season.

What to do in Bordeaux:

Quartier des Chartrons:

Inspiring neo-classical architecture sits alongside trendy shops, bars and a great choice of smart restaurants, in this must-see quarter of Bordeaux town.

Information office: +33 (05) 5600 6600 (all major languages)

 

Musée d’Art Contemporain (CAPC):

Housed in a grand 18th century warehouse, Bordeaux’s museum of contemporary art is home to a collection of works dating from the 60s onwards

Information office: +33 (05) 5600 6600 (all major languages)

 

Musée des Beaux Arts:

This is the place to go for classical art in Bordeaux. The collection includes works from the 15th-20th centuries by masters like Titian, Rubens and Rodin.

Information office: +33 (05) 5600 6600 (all major languages)

 

Musée d’Aquitaine:

This fascinating museum takes visitors on a journey through Bordeaux’s history, with exhibits from ancient times through to the middle-ages and the modern day.

Information office: +33 (05) 5600 6600 (all major languages)

 

Cathédrale St-André:

Completed in the 15th century, this imposing gothic cathedral is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A trip to the top rewards visitors with a breathtaking panorama of the city.

Information office: +33 (05) 5600 6600 (all major languages)