Bordeaux, the fifth largest city in France located in the southwest of the country, combines a traditional eighteenth century architecture, a fertile ground for excellence and innovation in research, and home of one of the most prestigious winegrowing area: it is an inspiring land for all its visitors from all over the world.
The largest urban area classified by UNESCO with 347 monuments, Bordeaux welcomes you to walk around its city center and discover the Grand Théâtre, near the famous place des Quinconces, after a session of window shopping at Saint Catherine street. A few minutes walk along the Garonne river, take a picture of the Water Mirror, where you can enjoy the reflection of the city’s emblematic Place de la Bourse design by Jacques Gabriel, Louis XV’s “First Architect”.
Take a boat ride on the Garonne river 3km up north, and the unique cultural centre dedicated to the universal, living heritage of wine, la Cité du Vin encourages you to have a better taste of the Bordeaux’s direct surroundings: vineyards, domains and century-years—old château where one of the most popular wine, Bordeaux, is produced. In the same district, down the submarine base, has recently opened les Bassins de Lumière that host immersive digital exhibitions devoted to the major artists in the history of art and contemporary art, and covers a surface area of 13,000sqm.
Across the river, a former military barracks is now eco-rehabilitated to become the very worth being visited Darwin, an alternative and inspiring urban ecosystem dedicated to responsible economic development, ecological transition, social entrepreneurship, social activism, art and culture.
If you still have a few hours left, take a quick car ride, and in less than an hour toward the ocean you will reach Arcachon Bay. Climb 105m up the highest sand dune in Europe, the Dune du Pilat, and experience the peacefulness of this great site in front of the Atlantic Ocean.
Its metropolitan area hosting about a million inhabitants, Bordeaux invites you to take more than a glance at this epicentre French art de vivre!