Travel guide - Bordeaux

The object of an exhilarating transformation since its inclusion on the Unesco World Heritage list, Bordeaux has rebuilt and reaffirmed its identity without forgetting its past. This historic corner of Aquitaine has become a modern and attractive city whose reputation no longer rests only on its wines and its harbour.

For many, visiting Bordeaux is first and foremost a wine trail pilgrimage to the origin of the great clarets of Bordeaux. With legendary vineyards such as Château Petrus, Saint-Emilion and Margaux, winemaking is an art in its own right in Bordeaux, which is celebrated at large-scale festivals like the Bordeaux Fete le Vin.

The precious beverage is honoured in caves or at tables in the Capuchin market, and is at its best when accompanied by traditional dishes from the south west of France.

During your stay in Bordeaux, you will discover the newly redeveloped riverbanks that have significantly contributed to Bordeaux’s reputation as an avant-garde city. Further on, within the famous “golden triangle” you will find the highlights of Bordeaux’s architecture.

The Cathedral of Saint-André and the Gothic tower of Pey-Berland each offer views over the entire city. The Saint-Pierre bridge, including the 17 carved stone arches spanning the tumultuous river, is one of the most beautiful elements of old Bordeaux, with its charmingly medieval narrow streets.

In a totally different style, Place des Quinconces offers a real breath of fresh air, and the inhabitants enjoy relaxing in this space and in the Chartrons district, populated by beautiful town houses leading up to the park.

In the city of Montesquieu and Montaigne, staying in Bordeaux is eminently cultural. Bordeaux is the culture capital of Aquitaine, and as such, the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Bordeaux are worth the detour and the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art is a major artistic centre.

For an unusual excursion in Bordeaux, check out the temporary exhibitions at the former submarine base in Bordeaux.

A city open to the world, Bordeaux is a revolution in itself.

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