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.