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Overview to Bordeaux: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Although Bordeaux is famous around the world for the beautiful wine it produces, the city itself has much more to it than it’s given credit for. The wine is certainly good and plentiful, but Bordeaux also offers a wide range of attractions to keep any traveler busy.

The River Garonne runs north to south through the city, dissecting it into two uneven parts. The more built-up western side is where the visitor is likely to spend most of their time, as it houses the majority of the city's attractions.

The Place Gambetta serves as the city’s central square and offers a good base to explore the surrounding area. The impressive Grand Theatre sits to the east, whilst the Musee de Beaux-Arts, with a collection including works by Rubens and Renoir, can be found to the south.

The massive plaza at the Esplanade des Quinconces and the Musee d’Acquitaine are also accessible from the Place Gambetta. Follow the streets past the museum and the Cathedral of St-Andre soon comes into view, a decorative classical building with inspiring stained-glass windows.

The Cours de la Marne runs west from the train station, cutting a path through the older part of town. Here, you’ll find typically chic bars populated by students. With the largest campus in France, the city’s university guarantees a large slice of vibrant, youth-orientated nightlife.

But, of course, it'd be a shame to stay in Bordeaux and not try a tipple or two from the many bars and surrounding wineries. Sitting back on a summer’s evening over a glass or three of excellent wine is to feel totally won over by the city.

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