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Bordeaux2018-02-02T13:39:03+00:00
With its proximity to The Basque Country, Dordogne, Cognac, the Atlantic coastline, the Pyrenees Peaks, Spain and of course Paris only 2 hours 4 minutes from Bordeaux thanks to the new High Speed Line (inaugurated in July 2017).

BORDEAUX IS THE CROSSROADS OF THE SOUTHWEST!

Serving as a true gateway to the Atlantic coast, the Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport certainly contributes as well to Bordeaux’s growing national and international reputation! It is one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing airports. It is only located 10 km south of the city center of Bordeaux and consists of: 3 terminals, 29 Airlines and 80 flight’s connections Worldwide.

A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Since the turn of the millennium, Bordeaux has undergone a stunning renaissance. In June 2007, after nearly a decade of infrastructure upgrades, Bordeaux was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its vast Enlightenment-era urban core. It is the first district of this size (1,810 hectares) to be so honored, and includes 347 listed historic monuments, a protected area of 150 hectares as well as 3 churches that were already listed as World Heritage sites on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela. Bordeaux is justifiably proud of its 18th century architecture and modern French chic districts. It now boasts a sleek tramway, a revamped pedestrian-friendly center and a glorious riverfront park.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Called Burdigala in ancient times, the city succeeded Saintes as the capital of Aquitaine in 70 AC. In the 12th century, an important wine trade took place with England. However, it is in the 18th century that the city truly experienced a golden age by becoming the first port of the kingdom, and the second port in the world after London. In the 1960’s, when the industry moved to the periphery, the heart of the city slowly emptied and Bordeaux took the nickname of the « Sleeping Beauty ». But in 1997, the mayor of Bordeaux cleaned up and pedestrianized the city center, restored neoclassical architecture, and created a growing tram system which sparked the beginning of the revival of Bordeaux!

THE GREATEST WINE REGION IN THE WORLD

The world-famous wines of Bordeaux come from a winemaking tradition stretching back over 20 centuries. The vineyards of Bordeaux are the largest fine-wine vineyards in the world. The diversity of the wine-growing appellations such as Medoc, St Emilion, Graves, Sauternes among the most prestigious, allows for the production of many different types of wines such as reds, dry or sweet whites, rosés, light reds and sparkling whites. The châteaux doors are opening to the public for wine tastings, wine courses and numerous cultural and gourmet discoveries. With the wonderful new Cité du Vin to lead the way there are plenty of exciting new ways for beginners and enthusiasts alike to discover the joy of wine and the pleasures of the country vineyards.

THE MOST ACCLAIMED FRENCH CITY IN RECENT YEARS :

In 2007: Half the restored city of Bordeaux was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 2013: Bordeaux was ranked as France’s second-favorite city, after Paris.
In 2015: The city was awarded the title of “European Best Destination 2015”.
In 2016: Bordeaux received a few Accolades:
The New York Times picked Bordeaux as the #2 destination to visit
• The City of Bordeaux was ranked 10th Best International City for Food by Travel & Leisure.
In 2017:
• The Los Angeles Times as well as the Lonely Planet ranked Bordeaux as the #1 Destination to visit this year.
• According to Zipjet, Bordeaux is in the top 10 most stress-free cities in the world.

Surely more awards to come in the near future …!