The city of Bordeaux, situated on the south-eastern coast of France, has long been an important city for culture, architecture, business and cuisine and therefore has a history of welcoming visitors. Here are five reasons why going to Bordeaux this summer is a great idea:
Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is easy to see why – this C18th Century stands largely as it has for several hundred years and has 350 buildings listed as Historic Monuments.
The Bordelaise (inhabitants of the Bordeaux region) have been making wine nearly 2000 years, wine has been a driving force behind the city’s fortunes, landscape and culture, from the Roman Empire to the Aquitaine Dynasty to the present day. Visiting the local vineyards and tasting wines onsite is a truly remarkable experience. Book a wine tour to get the best inside knowledge.
You can’t have great wine without food to match, and Bordeaux certainly delivers. The region produces one of the most popular caviars in the world, and boasts amazing Atlantic oysters, not to mention the region’s famous Canelé – a caramelised, cake-like treat flavoured with vanilla and rum. With world-class restaurants and artisans, it is not to be missed.
As a long-time outpost of the Roman Army, Bordeaux was a major town for some time. It grew to fame in the Middle Ages for exporting its wines to Britain, and in the C18th thrived as an important port, trading goods from far afield.
The region’s stunning landscapes of terraced vineyards, rivers, chateaux, centuries-old churches and monasteries, the ocean shore and picturesque villages provide more than enough reason to visit. A photographer’s dream, Bordeaux’s vistas stay with the visitor a long time.
Bordeaux is easily accessible by train from Paris, and there are plenty of fantastic places to stay – from hotels to guesthouses and hostels.
Vivienne Egan writes for SmoothRed who run bespoke Bordeaux Wine Tours.