An historic city famous for its beautiful stone façades and fine wines, Bordeaux has in recent years also been attracting visitors with its dynamic urban environment, its gastronomy and its vibrant cultural life. Combining UNESCO world heritage status, new districts, a magnificent waterfront, numerous pedestrian streets, all accessible by bike or on foot, Bordeaux has risen to the challenge of offering both serenity and dynamism. An elegant balance which is making the city popular with increasing numbers of visitors.

Bordeaux past and future

The city of Montaigne contains no less than 350 buildings that have been classified as historical monuments. While Bordeaux is proud of this heritage, it also recognizes that it must continue to evolve. New districts have emerged, redesigning the urban landscape along the banks of the Garonne: the Bassins à Flot to the north, Euratlantique to the south, and Brazza on the right bank, to give just a few examples. This transformation also includes new cultural facilities, such as the Cité du Vin, with its stunning contemporary architecture, which has received almost a million and a half visitors since it opened in 2016, or the MECA (Maison de l’Economie Créative et de la Culture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine - Centre for Creative Economy and Culture in Nouvelle-Aquitaine), with its futuristic appeal; both are reflections of Bordeaux’s appetite for modernity.

Bordeaux international capital of wine

In 2020, Bordeaux will be holding its biennial wine festival. From 18 to 21 June, classic tall ships will dock along the banks of the Garonne, where numerous temporary wine bars will be offering visitors wines from more than 80 appellations in the Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. This convivial occasion is an excellent opportunity to taste wines and learn about the subtleties of winegrowing. This year, Brussels has been invited as the Bordeaux Fête le Vin festival’s guest of honour. Visitors will be presented with a programme celebrating Brussels’ creativity and conviviality, in particular the city’s gastronomy and passion for comic strips.

Bordeaux the eco-friendly

Actively committed to a sustainable development approach, Bordeaux has redesigned its transportation system, giving preference to environmentally-friendly modes of travel. Stroll along the waterfront between the Place de la Bourse and the Port de Bourgogne. Relax in the Jardin Public (Public Gardens). Cross the Pont de Pierre and visit the Darwin centre and the Parc aux Angéliques. Bordeaux’s many facets can be explored at whatever pace you choose. From the peaceful atmosphere of the city’s many green spaces, to the magnificent panoramas of the gardens beside the river, and the undeniable charm of the narrow streets, little squares, and lively outdoor cafés in the old town centre: Bordeaux offers numerous settings that invite relaxation and meditation.

Bordeaux, bustling with life

Bordeaux is a capital city. By train, boat, plane or road... it is well served by all modes of transport. Bordeaux is also the gateway to France’s south west: the Dune du Pilat, Arcachon Bay, the vineyards of Saint Emilion, the Atlantic coast, the forests of the Landes, and the Basque Country. A beautiful combination of ocean and vineyard landscapes: it is no surprise that Bordeaux is sometimes described as the “French California”. There is also an increasingly vibrant cultural life, in the theatres, streets and concert venues, with live shows, contemporary music and street-art intermingling in a dazzling display of creativity. One of 2020’s much-anticipated cultural events is the opening of the Bassins de Lumières in the former submarine base, in April. Very much in the spirit of Bordeaux, this new installation offers a combination of past and future.