The world capital of wine, noted for its châteaux and prestigious vineyards, the city of Bordeaux is regarded as a centre of gastronomy and business tourism, especially in regard to the hosting of international congresses. The area around Bordeaux is also a central and strategic hub for the aeronautics, military and space sectors, bringing together several international companies such as Dassault Aviation.
Looking to enjoy a shopping day? The Rue Sainte-Catherine, a shopping street of nearly 1,300 metres in length, is the longest pedestrianised street in Europe.
If you like long walks, you can start from the Water Mirror, head on to the Opéra National-Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, and stroll along the quays to the Cité du Vin (where you can climb to the top of the Belvédère and enjoy a panoramic view of the city) before finishing up at the Bassins de Lumière, the largest digital art centre in the world.
And why not hit the châteaux trail for a weekend? Wine lovers are delighted to take an indulgent and enlightening break in the heart of the Médoc vineyards.
And if you are keen on culture and history, there are various museums in the area ready to satisfy your curiosity, including the Musée Mer Marine (Sea and Navy Museum), the Musée d’Aquitaine and the Muséum de Bordeaux.