Acclaimed for its vineyards, Bordeaux also boasts beautiful classical and contemporary architecture, superb cuisine, and an increasingly lively artistic and cultural scene. Justly proud of the numerous attributes that have earned it the title “Best City of 2017”, Bordeaux stands as a dynamic symbol of the French “art de vivre” (art of living).
BORDEAUX – NUMBER ONE IN LONELY PLANET’S TOP CITIES OF THE WORLD
Bordeaux was the Lonely Planet guide’s top city pick for 2017. The only French city in the Top 10, Bordeaux faced down serious competition from cities such as Cape Town, Los Angeles and Lisbon.
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNESCO CLASSIFICATION 2017
marked ten years since Bordeaux was registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. 1,810 hectares, or nearly half of the city’s total area are covered, making Bordeaux the first urban environment of such magnitude. Bordeaux has 350 buildings that are classified as Historic Monuments. It is also ten years since Vauban’s fortifications, known as the “Bolt of the Estuary” (consisting of the Blaye Citadel, Fort Pâté, and Fort Médoc) and the vineyards of Saint Emilion were granted World Heritage status. La Cité Frugès housing development in Pessac, designed by Le Corbusier, was added to the list in the summer of 2016.
BORDEAUX, CITY OF THE ARTS
An inexhaustible source of inspiration, Bordeaux is popular with artists and hosts numerous arts-related projects. It currently boasts one of the liveliest music scenes in France, with urban, offbeat locations springing up in the city’s various neighbourhoods; street art adorns many of Bordeaux’s walls, and generates an increasing number of events and initiatives.
SPECIAL EXPERIENCES AROUND BORDEAUX
There are a plethora of unique activities available for visitors to the Bordeaux area. The Bordeaux River Cruise offers a pass that includes access to La Cité du Vin’s permanent exhibition and a wine tasting cruise on the Garonne. A new experience enables visitors to explore Bordeaux, and its vineyards, in special ‘mediaguided’ vehicles. Guided by a tablet, the user can drive a two-seat electric vehicle with a 360° view. The guide triggers information and interesting stories automatically. Visitors can also choose to sleep in a wine cask, an enormous barrel that can hold 7,000 litres at Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac (40 kms from Bordeaux); or paraglide over the Arcachon Bay, enjoying breathtaking views of the Dune of Pilat and the Cap Ferret peninsula. Many other activities are offered near Bordeaux around Libourne and its vineyards or Medoc Atlantique and its sandy beaches.
A WIDE RANGE of ACCOMMODATION AWAITS VISITORS
In just a few years, the metropolitan area has developed a dynamic offer of luxury, charm and concept hotels, bed and breakfasts and furnished flats, (31,006 beds).
La Cité du Vin, a symbol of Bordeaux
A new attraction completely dedicated to wine as cultural, universal, and living heritage, La Cité du Vin museum is often called the heart of wine-based tourism. One can taste some of the world’s best wines, dine at one of three restaurants, or shop in a 250 sq m concept store.
- Largest urban area classified UNESCO with 1,810 hectares
- Gourmet capital: 13 starred restaurants and three world stars, Pierre Gagnaire , Philippe Etchebest and Gordon Ramsay.
- The largest AOC vineyards of France with 60 AOCs on 111,000 hectares
Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD). Many international links, including:
- Paris: 1hr
- Madrid: 1hr 15mins
- London: 1hr 40mins
- Berlin: 2hrs 25mins
- Bordeaux Saint-Jean TGV
- Paris – 2hrs