With a rich past going back 2,000 years, Bordeaux is internationally well-known as a global wine capital. It is also along with its 18th century Port de la Lune (harbour), the largest architectural ensemble classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
But that’s not all ! City of culture ‘par excellence’, this sleeping beauty has definitely woken up and today has innovative tourist infrastructures like the Cité du Vin, a programme of international events at the Arena concert hall and an exceptional living environment for both inhabitants and visitors alike ! Gaining all the time in attractivity, the city offers a huge range of activities - definitely something for everyone !
Visiting Bordeaux starts without a doubt in the historic centre with exceptional architectural heritage buildings like the Cathedral of Saint André, Tour Pey Berland and Grand Théâtre. Not forgetting the Place de la Bourse, reflected in the water mirror on the Port da la Lune quayside, a favourite haunt of Bordeaux. The harbour town is very attached to its river and it’s great to stroll along the quays across the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Europe, through Les Chartrons where the wine trade began to the Quais des Marques. Lots of events take place every year on the banks of the Garonne, like the Fête du Vin/Fête du Fleuve. The highlight of the quayside district has to be the Cité du Vin, a cultural centre unique in the world with amazing architecture which takes you on a sensory adventure to discover the cultures and civilisations of wine.
The city has plenty of other museums and exhibition sites including the Musée d’Aquitaine, Musée des Beaux-Arts, the new Musée de la Mer at Bacalan and alternative venues like the Caserne Darwin and the Submarine Base.