The wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, is a large port city and a major metropolitan in France. It is home to the world renowned Bordeaux wine since the eighth century. It was founded in around 300 BC by people of Aquitainian origin. It had even remained the seat of French government for a brief period during the Second World War.
It has got buildings that symbolize most European architectural styles, prominently English and Roman. This is mostly because it was occupied by these kingdoms in past. The age old terraces and stone mansions have earned it the title of ‘Little Paris’. The few hills in its vicinity provide it a unique view. It has got a mild climate which makes it excellent for visiting throughout the year.
The city can be explored on foot, bike, buses or trams. Bus rides to Quai Richelieu, Place Aristide Briand and Aquitaine Bridge ought not to be missed by any tourist. Ferry rides between eastern and western shores of Garonne River go on all around the year. Bus ride tickets can be employed for enjoying ferry rides.
There are plenty of locations to be visited in the city. One of the most prominent tourist attractions includes Les Quais, a walkway along the banks of Garonne. A number of dance clubs are situated here which are popular among locals and tourists alike. The Aquitaine Bridge is another famous place, known for its architectural brilliance.
The Pedestrian Center is a buzzing place in the city. It hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year and is an important market as well. La Victoire is another happening place where one can indulge in enjoying delicacies from around the world. Asian and African goods can be bought from here as souvenirs. There are lots of places to enjoy alcohol and beer around here.
A number of popular museums are located around here. Musee D'Art Contemporain is a must visit place for art enthusiasts. One may find a new exhibition every now and then at this museum. The entry is free on the first Sunday of the month and around 5.5 Euros on other days. Another popular museum here is the Musee D'Aquitaine. Ancient relics which are dated thousands of years old can be watched here.
When in Bordeaux, do not miss tasting wine at few of the numerous vineyards here. Some popular wine brands like Château Haut Brion, Château Latour and Château Cheval Blanc are made here. Wine tours are also available and tourists can ask their tour operators for the same. While enjoying the delicious French wines, taste the mouth watering French cuisines as well. Many vineyards offer French delicacies on the lines of wine tours.
It has got a domestic airport with flights to some of major European cities. It is connected with most French cities by road and rail network. One can reach here easily by driving in a car or by hiring a taxi.