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.
Bordeaux is known for the wines that bear its name. A craft which has helped the city’s economy flourish for centuries. However, wine long remained a speciality of discreet professionals, confined to their Châteaux, for winegrowers, or hidden in their Chartrons offices for traders and brokers.
A small château built at the mouth of the Gironde estuary between sea and rivers, the Cordouan lighthouse has withstood the elements for centuries. This building is unique thanks to its location, purpose and architecture and has been nominated for the 2020 UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Bacalan district, just beyond the Cité du Vin, doesn’t yet feature on Bordeaux’s big sightseeing tours, but its diversity is just itching to be discovered. Having long been abandoned, it is now an up-and-coming urban area and serves as a backdrop for original experiences such as Les Vivres de l’Art.
It is impossible to come to Bordeaux without seeing the Grand-Théâtre. Not far from the quays, it is the focal point of major areas of the city. With its imposing size and majesty. Its high-quality, dynamic and imaginative programming, make it a key part of 21st century culture.
Bordeaux S.O GOOD has become the flagship event of the city of Bordeaux in the gastronomic world. For one weekend, the city becomes a giant market and restaurant, offering the best products from the south west, while calling on local artisans and talented chefs. A chance to discover and taste the best of the region.
Two gourmet venues have just opened up in Bordeaux offering a mix of traditional and more contemporary produce: the Echoppe de la Lune and the Halles de Bacalan. While housing vintage products that have retained their powers of seduction over time, they also take an updated approach in a setting that caters to modern-day tastes.
Swimming is even more enjoyable in a pleasant setting. Bordeaux’s Piscine Judaïque and the Bègles swimming pool come with the added bonus of original 1930s architecture. Both have been recently restored to help preserve their originality.
The Château d’Abbadia, perched above the beaches of the Atlantic coast, remains unspoiled by the summer crowds. It was built in the late 19th century by well-known architect Viollet-le-Duc for a wealthy, eccentric scholar, and is bursting with original details.
The Maison aux Assiettes de Senelles is the work of a passionate, eccentric man who came up with the idea of displaying his enormous ceramics collection on the walls of his house.
The Latour-Marliac facilities were created by a passionate horticulturalist. Their originality has endured, with a wide variety of water lilies, which inspired the painter Claude Monet.
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