BordeauxYou cannot talk about Bordeaux without mentioning wine, it is the world’s wine industry capital and has been producing wine since the 8th century, nowadays it brings the region 14.5 billion euros a year in revenue and of course tops the list of main reasons to visit the region, with its countless chateaus and vineyards you could spend weeks touring and tasting and even learning how to make the stuff, but that is far from the only thing on offer here.
Voted European best destination 2015, Bordeaux has so much more to offer, spread across both banks of the River Garonne it is the perfect starting point for a river cruise around the region or even just a leisurely one day guided boat tour, there are many museums, exhibition halls, monuments and historic sites, in fact it is home to a cave with Europe’s oldest cave art – Grotte De Pair-non-Pair.
Like many modern European cities Bordeaux has a city pass, The Bordeaux Metropole City Pass offers visitors free transport, entry to all the municipal museums and galleries and also a number of free guided tours of the city, there is also a free app you can download that acts as a personal assistant giving information and valuable resources and for the tech hungry you also get discounted access to the city wide wifi.
The French are renowned for their cuisine and Bordeaux will not disappoint, Bordeaux takes fine dining seriously from Michelin star restaurants down to traditional restaurants serving cuisine du terroir there is something for everyone.
Bordeaux is one of the livelier French cities when it comes to nightlife, when the sun goes down and the creatures of the night emerge the many bars, clubs, and dancehalls all come to life each with its own blend of characters and charm.