Located in the Southwestern region of France, alongside the Garonne River, the port city of Bordeaux has been always a well-known place, due to its expansion throughout the years associated with its wine-trading practices, as well as being the home of many cultures such as the Celtic, the Romans or the English.
The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, attracting many visitors to explore its magnificent vineyards, boulevards, beautiful gates, and impressive squares.
Today we will take you on a tour through Bordeaux so you can discover the many cultural highlights that make this town famous and worth visiting:
BORDEAUX WINE TOURISM
When visiting Bordeaux you should not miss learning about its wine culture dating back to the Roman occupation times. The wines, also named claret, are divided into different classifications by Bordeaux’s districts and each commune has its own vineyard, also called château which conserves and labels its own wines.
Some of the most famous and popular wines of Bordeaux grow in the region of Médoc, characterized by their red colour and strong flavour. Visitors can explore the vineyards of Château Lafite Rothschild or Margaux. Other important areas of popular wine history are for instance the region of Graves with its delicious white and fruity red wine, or Sauternes and Barsac, believed to be the best in the world.
CITE DU VIN
A must-see during your visit to Bordeaux is La Cité Du Vin, a museum where you will enjoy a sensorial experience while educating yourself about the history and culture of wine.
For the duration of your visit, you will learn about the different types of grapes, the art of making wine, its design, important vineyards across the world, the gallery of many civilizations, and its connection with wine. All of this through an amazing interactive experience including wine-tasting, the smell of different aromas, screens of different perspectives, and more!
There are also different exhibitions across the museum as well as events, shops and restaurants. From the eight floor, called the Belvedere, visitors can admire a panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux.
MUSÉE DU VIN ET DU NÉGOCE
The city is also famous for its museum Musée du Vin et du Négoce which focuses on the history and heritage of wine from the region of Bordeaux.
The museum is located in Chartrons district and it consists of an impressive façade and vaulted cellars.
Through an amazing walking tour, you will discover this amazing city, the history of its port, and the evolution and system of appellation of its wine, while immersing yourself in the aroma and taste of its exquisite wine.
As well as its wine culture, this fantastic city in France is famous for its picturesque squares such as Place de la Bourse, built during the 18th century and one of the city’s most important symbols. The “Fontaine des Trois Grâces” is situated on the centre of the square and replaces the previous statue of King Louis XV which was destroyed during the French Revolution. The Medieval Walls of the city were also removed to give space for the construction of the square.
Some other famous squares worth visiting in the city are “Place du Marché des Chartrons” surrounded by great terraces for visitors to stop by or relax while having some food and drinks, or the “Place du Palais” built in the 15th century to enter the city from the port.
CATHEDRAL OF SAINT ANDREW OF BORDEAUX
Another popular highlight of Bordeaux, is the Roman-Catholic Cathedral of Saint Andrew and its famous Royal Gate, dating back to the 13th century.
The Cathedral consist of two Gothic towers and the Bell Tower, and it is connected to many historical events of the city, such as the short marriage in the cathedral of Eleanor of Aquitaine with Prince Louis VII, before the union was cancelled for her to marry Henry II, King of England.
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