Most people know Bordeaux because of its reputation as a wine-producing region in France, but, of course, there’s plenty more than wine to this beautiful city.
In 2007, the city centre received the accolade of being a World Heritage site. The real heart of the city is bordered by three boulevards – Cours de l’Intendace, Allées de Tourny and Cours Clemenceau. It’s a beautiful area, where most of the buildings are constructed of honey-coloured stone and the streets are wide and spacious, edged with trees. But it’s no museum – the city centre is alive with shops, bars and restaurants.
Two squares not to miss are the Place de la Comédie and the Esplanade des Quinconces. The former is home to the Grand Theatre which has a façade of Corinthian columns. You can have a guided tour of the theatre on a Wednesday or Saturday, but the best way to see it is to book tickets for a show. At the Esplanade des Quinconces, you can enjoy the feeling of spaciousness within the city as the square measures almost 30 acres. Here you’ll find statues of French philosophers Montaigne and Montesquieu, who were both local to the city of Bordeaux.
Outside of the city, you can enjoy the scenery that has brought the world such great wine over the years. Drive the Chateaux Routes of Bordeaux; follow the Médoc wine route past famous wine chateaux such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Latour. There’s also a cyclable route in the wine region of Saint Emilion, which takes you through the town of Saint Emilion which has been included as one of France’s 100 most beautiful villages.
If you’re thinking of visiting Bordeaux in the near future, you could always delay your trip to 2016, when the city will be one of nine venues for the Euro 2016 football tournament.
This will be the third time that France has hosted the UEFA European Championship and sites like Paddy Power are currently offering odds of around 9/2 for France to win in 2016.
Going to Bordeaux to be a part of Euro 2016 will mean that you can effortlessly blend time following the football with some cultural highlights that the city has to offer, and you’ll have a huge selection of great wines to enjoy while you’re there too.