Bordeaux, a vibrant city

Known for its exceptional architectural heritage and its wines, Bordeaux is also home to numerous local and international chefs and, in a broader sense, boasts a lively cultural environment. Regularly featuring in rankings and receiving awards as a tourist destination, Bordeaux is constantly evolving and reinventing itself.


Bordeaux is an invitation to experience the South-West’s inimitable lifestyle, that somehow manages to be peaceful and yet lively at the same time! A pleasant climate, UNESCO world heritage architecture that nonetheless remains on a human scale, numerous pedestrian streets and delightful little squares, a rich gastronomy… Here everyone can set their own pace, and enjoy the vibrant energy that pulses through the city. Train, boat, or plane: there are numerous ways of travelling to Bordeaux. Paris is just two hours four minutes away via the new high-speed train line, there is Bordeaux’s marina, and numerous direct airlines.


An endless source of inspiration, Bordeaux attracts numerous artists and cultural projects. The city has one of the liveliest music scenes in France, with unusual urban venues springing up in each neighbourhood, and a flourishing street art community that takes pleasure in covering Bordeaux’s walls.


The oldest and largest area in the world that produces fine wines, Bordeaux includes 65 appellations and covers 112,000 hectares. Hundreds of wine-producing properties, or châteaux, open their doors to visitors and are happy to reveal the secrets of how they make their wines. There are many different ways to journey through this magical land: by boat, on horseback, on foot, in a group or a personal tour... An opportunity to experience a powerful heritage and strong characters, and to taste the resulting wines!

Wine is naturally very much part of the city’s identity! La Cité du Vin is an excellent example, offering a unique experience in terms of both its architecture and its fascinating interactive exhibits.


While Bordeaux takes great pride in its superb 18th century heritage, that includes numerous historic monuments, it has also embraced modern architecture, with striking new buildings such as La Cité du Vin, the audacious Arkéa Arena events venue, and the futuristic MECA cultural centre. In addition to these new facilities, the entire urban landscape is changing, with the emergence of new neighbourhoods such as the Bassins à Flot in the north, and Euratlantique in the south. There are numerous hotel projects, to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors passing through the city. Bordeaux is already building the Bordeaux of tomorrow, ensuring that the city continues to flourish as an international tourist destination.