Now even greener, friendlier and trendier! In recent years, Bordeaux has become a cultural destination for bistronomic and alternative lifestyles. Historical monuments, street art and walks along the quays – it has many irresistible charms.
Stendhal was convinced of this and wrote: “Bordeaux is without doubt the most beautiful city in France”. The Lonely Planet travel guide will certainly not contradict him since, in 2017, it awarded the capital of Aquitaine the title of “most trendy city in the world”. Apart from nearly 350 buildings classified or listed as Historic Monuments, starting with the city’s 1810-hectare perimeter, almost the entire length, which is a World Heritage Site, Bordeaux has many other attractions: harbourside quays perfect for leisurely strolling; a dynamic cultural way of life; a flourishing bistronomy and, of course, its world-renowned wines.
The list of must-sees includes the emblematic Place de la Bourse and its fascinating water mirror, the Grand Théâtre, the Porte Cailhau, where you can admire the city from its height of 35 metres, and the Cité du Vin with its ultramodern architecture.
Bubbling with energy, Bordeaux has an alternative cultural scene with many places to discover such as Darwin – the trendy spot – located in the Bastide district. This former disused barracks, now eco-refurbished, welcomes skateboarders, green economy entrepreneurs, defenders of biodiversity and even lovers of healthy and local cuisine at the Magasin Général, the largest organic bistro-food hall in Europe.
Bordeaux means wines with vineyard excursions, the discovery of the most beautiful castles synonymous with grand crus, and a well-being break at the spa for a grape massage. The Bordeaux region also has idyllic, medieval villages, the ocean nearby for a quick dip and delicious oysters to try in the Arcachon basin.
Take Off magazine, article by Odile Habel
Celebrating wine, gastronomy, arts and culture, Bordeaux is a city that represents the very essence of the French spirit. Located in the southwest of France, on the Garonne River, Bordeaux casts its charms around the region through its broad pedestrian boulevards, gorgeous squares, modern buildings and historical architecture. Pay a visit to Bordeaux on your next trip to France and see why the city was once elected as "European Best Destination".