Known as Aquitaine’s “pearl”, the city of Bordeaux, is elegant, sophisticated, packed with beautiful buildings, fabulous restaurants and it is THE place to go if you love wine.
It’s a city with a 2000 year old history and sometimes called the “Port of the Moon” referring to the crescent moon shaped harbour, created by the flow of the Garonne River which runs through its centre.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains, Aquitaine and its capital city, Bordeaux is a fabulous place to visit. Around the city explore a wine connoisseur’s paradise with noble chateaux and breath-taking scenery. Inside the city fall in love with its unique and historical treasures and a real feeling of joie de vivre.
Ancient buildings, quirky shops, fabulous cafés, and elegant squares – this sunny town is perfect for the café lifestyle. Bordeaux has UNESCO World Heritage site status and with good reason – the architecture and sites are fabulous.
Bordeaux has the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe, rue Ste Catherine, so finding a souvenir to take home shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t miss Le Miroir – Bordeaux’s stunning water sculpture in front of the Place du Bourse - it’s a must see. And, and on a hot day, it’s a must cool down and run through it place. The perfect place for a promenade is along the river front here.
Discover the 12th, century symbol, the scallop seashell, signalling the way to Le Chemin de St. Jacques de Compostella – Way of St. James – pilgrimage route. Found throughout Bordeaux’ historical squares, inlaid in cobblestone streets and embedded in building facades and fountains around this medieval city, leading the faithful to the notable and majestic Basilicas of Saint-Michel and Saint Seurin, and Cathedral Saint André.
Eating and Drinking in Bordeaux offers you a huge choice. Massive. Nip to the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux for a relaxing drink in a classy setting (you might bump into one Gordon Ramsay – he has a restaurant there, Le Pressoir d’Argent). Nip across the road to dine in style at another of Bordeaux’s most prestigious eateries, the Café Opera at the Grand Theatre.
Try wine tasting – there are lots of wine bar specialists. And don’t forget to try the local speciality, cannelé, a cake that dates back to the 19th century when the nuns of Saint Eulalia created the recipe. With a caramelised shell and sweet tender centre, it’s seriously lush.
Don’t miss the Marché des Capucins dating from 1749, sometimes called the “belly of Bordeaux”. Offering regional delicacies and a sublime number of delicious cheeses, it’s a must for any true foodie.
Find your dream rental in Bordeaux with French Connections – it’s our job to help you make your dreams come true...