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Why Visit Bordeaux, France

What is your first association when hearing the name "Bordeaux"? Of course, top-quality wine, isn't it? And you are absolutely right as the city of Bordeaux is, indeed, the capital of the world-famous wine-making region, that owes its popularity to the industry. However, we want to assure you that Bordeaux is a lot more than just wine (excellent wine, but still). Ready to immerse in southwestern France?

Nestled on the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a mighty port and the fifth largest city in France. The majority of Bordeaux attractions are scattered along the river's left bank and a big part of Bordeaux Old Town is protected by UNESCO as it truly constitutes the treasure of cultural importance.

The true calling card and the traditional starting point of any Bordeaux walking tour is the Place de la Bourse. The square's ensemble was created in the 18th century and today it is considered to be one of the most prominent examples of French classicism. Surrounded by two Baroque buildings, reminding two wings, the square houses two beautiful fountains - the Fountain of Three Graces and the Water Mirror. The last one represents a large water surface which also produces slight fog, giving the square a magical vibe.

Wandering around the historic center, you can also witness the majestic buildings of Bordeaux Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century, the historic city gate Puerta de Cailhau, and the Gothic Basilica of St. Michael. To admirers of theatrical art, we strongly recommend spending the evening in the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux and enjoying a great opera performance in a wonderful 18th-century venue.

Thus, now you see that a trip to Bordeaux is worth being added to your travel plans as, combined with excellent local cuisine and wine degustation, it has all preconditions to turn into a memorable vacation of your dreams!

Best Things to Do in Bordeaux, France

  • Traverse the UNESCO-listed Bordeaux Old Town
  • Visit the Place de la Bourse square
  • Enter the historic Bordeaux Cathedral
  • Taste outstanding local Bordeaux wine

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