The city of Bordeaux is stunning when approached from the south along the river. It's big, with a population of over half a million, and obviously rich - as it has been since the Romans set up a lively trading center here. Especially attractive is the relatively small eighteenth-century center, paid for by the expansion of colonial trade.
As the world's capital of wine, Bordeaux is famous for its French lifestyle. This historical city also features some of Europe 's most charming and impressive examples of 18 th century architecture.
Bordeaux is reasonably spread out along the western side of the Garonne River, with the eighteenth-century old town lying between the place de la Comédie to the north, the imposing buildings of the river bank and the cathedral to the west. North of the center is the vast open square of the esplanade des Quinconces, and further still, the Jardin Public, containing some very scant remains of Bordeaux's Roman past.
Some of the city's monuments have been listed as World heritage Sites by UNESCO. At the present the mayor of Bordeaux has initiated a number of ambitious publics' works projects worthy of a major European city. The redevelopment of the quays is the most striking example. Cruise ships often come to weigh their anchor along the Bordeaux waterfront, one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Europe. The quays are bordered by the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Europe.
Many museums and monuments are more than happy to welcome you!
For evening entertainment you'll be sure to find a performance of music or theatre up to your taste.
Bordeaux hosts a number of major international events throughout the year. The highpoints this year:
* Salon des Antiquaires (antiques fair)
* Fête du vin (wine festival)
* Festival d'été (summer festival)
* Festival International d'Orgue (organ music)
* Fête du vin nouveau et du brocante (new wine and nearly antiques)
* Festival international du Cinéma au Féminin (women in cinema)
* Novart (multi-arts).
And last but not least: Bordeaux has some of the finest shops, including French luxury brand shops. You'll be sure to go home with your own ‘coup de coeur' . Get your credit cards ready in the famous Golden Triangle, the shopping area where you will find all the top brands: Louis Vutton, Cartier, Hermès, Escada, Lacoste, Longchamp and many more...